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Swimsuits are $I's golden goose

This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the

This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the magazine's 2011 Swimsuit Edition featuring Irina Shayk. (Credit: AP)

Does it make me a hypocrite to regard Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue as shameless and exploitive and yet link to the site and on balance be glad it exists, seeing as how it is the economic engine that keeps a venerable magazine running and many of my friends and colleagues employed?

Probably so.

But I am a devout pragmatist, and pretty, mostly naked young ladies always have been good for business and always will be, and it's not SI's responsibility to wish that reality away.

So there you have it. Enjoy!

Tags: Sports Illustrated , bikinis

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