For these Sports Illustrated cover girls, fame and fortune followed

For some models, a Sports Illustrated cover helps pave the path to enduring fame and fortune. Here's the rundown on seven success stories.


FOR THE RECORD:
Swimsuit models: In the Feb. 9 Image section, an article about former Sports Illustrated swimsuit models said that Kathy Ireland appeared on the TV show "Bay Watch." She has not. —

Cheryl Tiegs

Age: 66

S.I. covers: 1970, 1975, 1983

Known for: Considered to be the first supermodel, Tiegs was also the first woman to appear on more than one S.I. cover when she racked up her second in 1975. But it was an inside shot of Tiegs in 1978, when Brazilian model Maria Joao appeared on the cover, that caused an uproar. Tiegs' photograph showed her emerging from the surf in a wet mesh one-piece suit that revealed almost all her assets — generating a record number of canceled subscriptions (340), the most letters regarding a swimsuit issue (2,947) and ultimately a change in S.I.'s policies to allow subscribers (such as libraries) to opt out of receiving the annual issue.

Other successes: Tiegs was the first model with her own line of clothing and accessories, which chalked up more than $1 billion in sales over the nine years it was sold at Sears. She also sold a line of sportswear on QVC and launched a collection of wigs for Revlon. Like most of the S.I. alums, she's done some acting, appearing, for instance, on "Just Shoot Me." In 2012, she competed on "Celebrity Apprentice," but she was eliminated in the first show after telling host Donald Trump the cutthroat environment wasn't right for her: "I'm actually more of a quiet person."

Net worth: $14 million


Christie Brinkley

Age: She celebrated her 60th on Super Bowl Sunday and posed for the cover of People in a one-piece swimsuit for the occasion.

S.I. covers: 1979, 1980, 1981

Known for: She's ex-husband Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" and Clark Griswold's fantasy in the National Lampoon vacation movies.

Other successes: She's appeared on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for a record 25 years. She hosted "Living in the 90s with Christie Brinkley" on CNN.

Net worth: $80 million


Elle Macpherson

Age: 49

S.I. covers: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 2006

Known for: She holds the record for most swimsuit edition covers.