Sports Illustrated's 50 Most Iconic Covers

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As a magazine pertaining directly to some of the best athletes in the world, listed below are some of the best Sports Illustrated portraits over the years. Some of the most memorable include the most recognizable figures in the athletic industry.

Michael Jordan, 1998

Known also by his initials MJ, Jordan is an American businessman and was a professional basketball player, known by many as the greatest of all time. His success led to the NBA’s popularization throughout the 1980s and 1990s. 

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Serena and Venus Willams, 2000

Both professional American tennis players, they are Grand Slam title winners in the singles and doubles category. Both have reached the world No. 1 position in both singles and doubles by the WTA. They were the first sisters to hold the world No. 1 and No. 2 spots in 2002.

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The More You Know

  • A far cry from her upper-class role on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester was born in prison; her mother was serving time for smuggling drugs.
  • Shakira was banned from her school’s choir, and her classmates said she sounded like a goat. The Hips Don’t Lie superstar sure showed them!
  • Megan Fox was banned from the Wal-Mart store in her hometown because she shoplifted makeup as a teenager. She claims it was an accident.
  • Ashton Kutcher has webbed toes.
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