While Kate Upton makes history as the second model to cover Sports Illustrated for two cosecutive years, following Tyra Banks, the 50th anniversary issue continues to make headlines worldwide by featuring a few beautiful brown girls. Click continue for pics of Ariel Meredith, Adaora, Kirby Griffin, and more black girls who have made a splash in Sports Illustrated over the years. –ruthie hawkins

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