Back of Refaeli Raises the Bar as SI Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl! Your hottest bikini body of 2008 is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl of 2009 — Bar Refaeli! Leonardo DiCaprio was supposedly gunning for his girl to land the top spot, though considering how hot she is, we doubt she needed any help from him. The gorgeous Israeli was photographed on Canouan Island in the Grenadines showing off her amazing physique in all sorts of bikinis . . . or lack thereof. Bar had a chance to share her excitement with People: What will your grandparents say about your sexy photo spread? Refaeli: They are so proud! My grandma says she walks down the street and people ask her, 'Are you Bar Refaeli's grandmother?' I'm like, dude – I mean, you're very beautiful, but we don't really look alike! We have 60 years between us. She's so proud. She keeps every single article on me. Do you think Leo will like the cover? Refaeli: I don't know. I really, really love it. I'm sure people will, too. Are you two happy together? Refaeli: I am very happy! So how will you celebrate? Refaeli: I am having champagne as we speak! There are tons of photos of Bar and all the other swimsuit models who simultaneously make us want to book a vacation and hit the gym. Now lucky Leo gets to see his girl plastered all over the newsstands — not to mention on a billboard in NYC — everywhere he goes to remind him how great he's got it. View 15 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 To see more of Bar's shoot just . View 15 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Comments SaddlebackJohn 8 years Leo must like his women to be as smart as a fence post. But then if she was any smarter she wouldn't be dating him in the first place! Nice body but selfish and self absorbed as well as boring and kind of a b*tch. Mellifluous 8 years Bar's semi-nude body is ravishing. Nudity is lovely. I hope she DOES do "Playboy" though I doubt she will. Amethyst 8 years Nothing classy about peeling your bikini bottom down suggestively towards your v-jay. *rolleyes* qtpie 8 years she's got such a hot bod, but the cover is uber tacky SKC-Sparkle 8 years Bar is a beautiful lady, but why (and how) is her grandmother proud? She is standing still and pulling at her clothes...what kind of standard is that setting for young females? Tiffany-is-here 8 years her boobs are too big n the bikins are too small! not my favorite model, she is flat as a pancake... gidigirl 8 years S.I is really no different from the Victoria Secret catalogue.. It is titillating entertainment for a particular audience. As a straight woman, i can certainly appreciate a beautiful woman when i see one. Bar is a beautiful girl.. These must be the worst photographs i have seen of her.. No fire in her eyes..just a blank canvas.. she is usually more animated!! Why all the hoopla..? I definately would not classify this as porn.. soft or otherwise. MANY models and actresses pose for the titillation of men. If this is really an issue why not boycott these publications, as opposed to just ripping her apart? She is seemingly very young and perhaps a little self absorbed.. Many models fit this description.. might be the nature of the job! lula29 8 years She's very average this girl. Her body is average too, which isn't bad, but any one of us could look like her with some lighting and posing techniques IMO. She's average. Which isn't bad I guess. Maybe that's her appeal. acyl 8 years She's very beautiful, but yeah, what's the big accomplishment here? Artemis 8 years MOISHAI, I agree, the cover is just tacky. Why does she have to drag her bikini bottom down like she is about to undress? I also agree with all those who say that she lacks something. Maybe its her face, maybe its her personality, but she just doesnot stand out to me, in any way. Silvers567 8 years Carla Bruni certainly is very liberated. And so is Nora Ephron. Walt Whitman was also sexually liberated (and probably a stud back in the day :P) Bottom line, whatever. They look good, and Bar looks like a healthy girl (albeit severely challenged in the thinking department!). sourcherry 8 years It's just a girl in a bikini! Are people really calling this soft porn?? I agree silvers, let's get some perspective! Anyway, I agree that the cover is a bit cheap looking, I like the other pictures a lot better. karen-zoo 8 years LOL Molly I love how this post is slightly bitter LOL I love it. It's how we all feel when we see stunning Bar Rafaeli ... :( usinda 8 years I don't like the cover, but I like how she represents a healthy body type. Juicylemon 8 years ''Sexual liberation usually comes along with a high level of education. '' Pamela Anderson must be smarter than Marie Curie. MOISHAI 8 years She is not ugly, but she is nothing special either. What I do find though is that the cover is very cheap and tacky frankly. The more interviews I read / see of her, the more I find her coming across as an utter airhead with a vocab range of a 10 year old. joecer49123 8 years "Sexual liberation usually comes along with a high level of education." And to think Michelle Obama is so bound up in low self-esteem shackles... That rebel! joecer49123 8 years That was a great P.R. demonstration, congratulations. Some nude breasts aren't as distracting as others anyway. Like the nipples on a man's chest for example. Unless he has man boobs. :ROTFL: Silvers567 8 years As a topless sun bather I also hold a Masters in English literature with a concentration in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, speak four languages and have a stellar career in Public Relations. Sexual liberation usually comes along with a high level of education. joecer49123 8 years Would you like a map of my comments so that you may form your opinions from now on? joecer49123 8 years Each person sets the level of 'raunchy' where their tolerance or lifestyle is. I prefer to reveal my self esteem in my actions and speech rather than nude on a beach. How about we read a book and get some knowledge on making the inside beautiful like a book on nutrition or personal finance. liliblu 8 years Leo is the only reason she's on the cover. Silvers567 8 years Hahaha raunchy? Please. Penthouse is raunchy. Hustler is raunchy. TightCoeds is raunchy. How about we get some perspective. Silvers567 8 years "Oh, but what about the children!" Let's see... As far as I knew, pornography is the explicit depiction of sexual acts. Erotica is art made to sexually stimulate. Being that none of the models are shown being penetrated by objects or penises, nor are they posing in obscene manners, calling this porn is pretty, pretty sad. These are just pretty girls, looking sexy for the camera. There is a general, quite serious negation of sexuality in this country unlike anything I have seen before. There is nothing wrong with a magazine for men. Are women not allowed to be seductive? What is so bad about a pair of breasts and butt cheeks that we cannot photograph them? Don't we all have them too? What is so weird about this that your kids need to be kept from it? Have you never been to the beach? Better not run into me in my butt baring bottoms, or God forbid (gasp) when I go topless!!!! Give me a break. I love pictures of hot people and their bodies, including my own. There is nothing wrong with the human body, and there is nothing wrong with sex! RaCheer 8 years Gorgeous pictures, however, my grandma would be mortified if it was me. Different generations!