Today, Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover of its 2011 swimsuit issue. Russian model Irina Shayk glows on it, kneeling in the sand, basking in the sun, soaking up her moment in the spotlight.
The problem? It leaked on Twitter last night!
Rana Wardlaw took the photo above of the billboard outside her office and then tweeted.
“I saw it from my office window. I work at a media agency called Starcom Worldwide. They unveiled the billboard for a few minutes to tape it for the Letterman Show and then covered it back up. I guess they didn’t cover it fast enough!”
Judging by the missing tweet, she didn’t delete it fast enough.
Age and background: Shayk, 25, hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. Decker, 23, was born in Ohio and grew up in North Carolina.
Before the coveted SI cover: After winning a Russian beauty pageant in 2004, Shayk began pursuing a career in modeling. In 2007, she made her SI Swimsuit Issue debut inside the pages of the magazine and has appeared in every swimsuit edition since. She’s also modeled for Lacoste, Guess, Armani Exchange and the lingerie brands Intimissimi and LaPerla.
Decker started modeling after being discovered at a shopping mall in Charlotte, N.C. as a teen. She first appeared in SI’s swimsuit issue in 2006 and got more attention from the magazine in 2007 and 2008 before landing the 2010 cover. She also had a handful of acting gigs on TV shows including “Ugly Betty” and “Royal Pains.”