Earlier today Sports Illustrated announce that Beyoncé would be their cover girl for this year's swimsuit issue. My initial reaction was "cool". I like Beyoncé. I think she's talented and very sexy.
But now I'm having second thoughts. I remember the classic Sports Illustrated covers over the years and they didn't feature famous people. At least, they weren't famous yet. Most of the cover models became famous because of Sports Illustrated.
Again, I like Beyoncé, but I'm worried that she will start a trend of "people Magazine" covered Sports Illustrated issues. The headline on the front of the issue talks about her being a "dream girl" in reference to her recent movie Dream Girls. It could just be a play on words, but I'm certain it's not overlooked by her agent or studio that this could result in positive publicity for the movie. (From what I hear, the movie is actually very good.)
Next year where we see Scarlett Johansen or Britney Spears on the cover because they have a new movie out? Will Sports Illustrated draw the line when Patrick Swayze wants to make a comeback?
I would just hate to see one of the greatest model competitions in the world turn into advertising for the highest bidder.
Dear SI: Bring Beyoncé back next year, or Scarlet or Britney, but please reserve the covers for your models.