Behind the scenes of the SI swimsuit issue -- To get the dish on the biggest sporting event since the Olympics, we talked to three-time SI model (and special MTV host) Molly Sims
Molly Sims
Credit: Molly Sims: Tammie Arroyo/Retna

Love it or hate it, you have to admit you’re fascinated by the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. And you sort of wish you could spy on all those ”really hard work” photo shoots in exotic locations (for the natural scenery, of course). Well, we can’t help you there. But we did get to talk to three-time SI swimsuit model Molly Sims, who’s hosting a special edition of MTV’s ”Fashionably Loud” (Feb. 21, 10 p.m.) that promises to show us couch potato viewers what really went on at the beach.

How is your special going to be any different than flipping through the magazine?
It won’t just be what’s on the pages. The supermodels will actually walk on a runway in the bathing suits. Plus we’re going to have all this behind-the-scenes footage. And we’re doing this really cool thing with girls on the runway actually wearing suits from Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues starting in 1964. It’s so, like, weird to see what they wore 30 years ago.

Lots of high-waisted bikinis.
Yeah, and really high-cut. It’s so funny to see what Christie Brinkley wore in her issues. It kind of makes you see how long Sports Illustrated has been an institution in American boyhood.

So where did the issue actually shoot?
One location was Costa Rica. It’s all Latin-themed this year and kind of wild and exotic and rough at the same time. I’m not allowed to tell you anything beyond that. I got 17 emails before this interview — you can say this, but not that. All you get is Latin-themed and Costa Rica. Sorry.