Former Models Steal the Spotlight at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of “Sports Illustrated”

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Sports Illustrated celebrated its 50th anniversary at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills yesterday, and for the momentous occasion, several of the magazine’s famous cover girls over the decades were there to attend. Sure, Kate Upton and her contemporaries were there, but the ones who really caught our eye were the hotties from the past, such as Rebecca Romijn, Christie Brinkley, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Marissa Miller, and Petra Nemcova. You could say these ladies gave their younger counterparts a run for their money because they dazzled on the red carpet.

1. Christie Brinkley in Sergio Rossi (?)

Christie Brinkley was the most stunning Sports Illustrated alum at the event. Not only did she look much younger than 59, but she sizzled in a pair of gold-detailed t-strap sandals that reminded us a lot of Sergio Rossi (below is a similar style from the label). Christie’s shoes were exquisite, but we could not quite understand why she wore them with stockings.  

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueChristie Brinkley sizzling in black and gold at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

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2. Rachel Hunter in Nicholas Kirkwood

Rachel Hunter, also known as Rod Stewart’s ex-wife and probably famous for her role as the hot momma in the music video “Stacy’s Mom,” wore a long black gown for the occasion. She teamed the dress with lace Nicholas Kirkwood heels. We couldn’t find the shoes anymore, but a similar pair crafted from mesh and pearls is available for the picking if you’re interested.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueRachel Hunter looking elegant in a long black gown and Nicholas Kirkwood heels at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

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3. Tyra Banks in Gianvito Rossi (?)

Tyra Banks reminded us of the models in those GUESS ads when she stepped on the red carpet in a lace-detailed number complete with big hair yesterday night. Smokey-eye makeup and a pair of cuffed pointy pumps punctuated her look.

While we don’t have the official info yet, Tyra’s ankle-wrap heels remind us a lot of the pair from Gianvito Rossi. They do look very similar, right?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueTyra Banks channeling sexy and sensual in a lace dress, big bouncy hair, and a pair of ankle cuff pumps at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

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4. Rebecca Romijn in Christian Louboutin

Yes, Rebecca Romijn, the former Mrs. John Stamos and also known to many as “Mystique” from the X-Men movies, was many times a Sports Illustrated model. For the occasion, she rocked a dazzling dress and finished the frock with silver metallic pointy pumps from Christian Louboutin.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueRebecca Romijn dazzling in a sequined frock and metallic pointy-toe pumps at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

5. Marissa Miller in  Christian Louboutin

Another lady who graced the event in a sparkly number was Marissa Miller. The former model wore a bronze sequined shift dress and finished the outfit with nude “Lady Peep” pumps from Christian Louboutin. We couldn’t find the exact pair online, but if you want something similar, Louboutin’s “Very Prive” pumps are just as classic. 

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueMarissa Miller wearing Christian Louboutin “Lady Peep” pumps in nude patent to the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

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6. Heidi Klum in Classic Red Pointy Pumps

Heidi Klum arrived at the event in head-to-toe red. She rocked a red leather coat-dress and topped off the sassy piece with matching red pointy pumps. The look was simple but downright sexy. How do you like Heidi’s style?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueHeidi Klum wearing red from head to toe at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

7. Petra Nemcova in Manolo Blahnik (?)

The last looker to earn our nod was Petra Nemcova. For the occasion, she slipped into a colorful strapless number but kept the rest of her extras simple by opting for a gray box clutch and textured silver pointy pumps.

Correct us if we’re wrong, but Petra’s pumps look a lot like the mesh-detailed pair from Manolo Blahnik. Could our hunch be right?

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssuePetra keeping it colorful yet classic by slipping into a short printed number punctuated with simple accessories such as a silver clutch and metallic pointy pumps at the 50th anniversary celebration of Sports Illustrated at Dolby Theatre in Beverly Hills on January 14, 2014

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