Bar Refaeli Snags Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

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So what if Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar nomination this time around? He’s got girlfriend Bar Refaeli‘s shoulder to cry on, and that’s way sexier than a phallic gold statue. The 23-year-old model is the latest beauty to grace the always-anticipated Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the gateway drug to porn for generations of American boys.

Bar hails from Israel and joins an extensive lineage of enviably hot chicks who have graced the cover, including Cheryl Tiegs in 1970, Kathy Ireland in 1989 and Heidi Klum in 1998. But how does she feel about the pic that made it all the way to the cover? “This is the one I felt the most comfortable with,” she said. “You have the beach, blue water and a body. That’s it. I liked that the top of the suit was on.” [Photo: AccessHollywood]

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