1981: Christie Brinkley
Cheryl Tiegs may have been the lead on two Sports Illustrated Swimsuit coverages, but Christie did much better. She was on the cover three straight times and was the star of Cover Girl for 25 years.
Like Cheryl, she was a natural beauty California girl who didn’t ever see modeling as a profession until she was found out in 1973. She has appeared in movies, TV shows, and music videos in addition to modeling.