Model Hannah Davis Lands 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Cover

Another surprise? She's on a farm, not a beach.
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Another surprise? She's on a farm, not a beach.
White picket fences are the American dream. Hannah Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition 2015. Photo: SI.com

White picket fences are the American dream. Hannah Davis on the cover of Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition 2015. Photo: SI.com

Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," a magazine we otherwise never care about called "Sports Illustrated" revealed its 2015 swimsuit edition cover in the dramatic, suspenseful fashion it always does -- a drumroll, a huge reproduction hidden behind a sheet and, of course, a surprise visit from the cover model herself, Hannah Davis. 

The 24-year-old model is perhaps best known for her off-duty role, as the girlfriend of retired baseball star Derek Jeter. She dutifully watched his final games and the networks never had any problem panning to her stunning face between plays. But it seems now she's getting the spotlight all on her own.

This is Davis's third appearance in the SI swimsuit edition in as many years. According to the New York Daily News, she grew up surfing in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was discovered there at age 14. Davis has appeared in campaigns for American brands specializing in the All-American look, including Ralph Lauren, American Eagle Outfitters and Tommy Hilfiger. She started dating Jeter in 2012, kickstarting a period of considerable tabloid and media attention.

SI always turns the cover reveal into a surprise even for the models, because none of them know during shooting whether their image will be chosen for the cover. In a behind-the-scenes video (above), the sneaky editors lure her to the office for a filmed interview about her experience shooting with them in general, and then spring a cardboard blow-up of the final cover on her by surprise. Her reaction is actually really cute -- she looks genuinely shocked and asks them if they are sure they made the right choice. She calls her mom (not Jeter? trouble in paradise) who appropriately freaks out in joy over the phone.

Davis's cover is unusual because the she's not on a beach, which is where bikinis are usually worn. She was photographed at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, by Ben Watts and thought as a result that there was no way she'd get the cover. "I told my mom there was no way I'd get the cover, I told her 'They do beaches for covers and I'm on a farm. There's no way. It's not possible," she said on "Fallon." 

Last year's cover featured Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen together, and Kate Upton was the cover star for two years prior to that. Here's to getting some fresh faces in the mix.