TODAY

TODAY   |  February 18, 2014

Models teach Willie how to navigate the catwalk

TODAY’s Willie Geist goes behind the scenes at a Sports Illustrated photo shoot with such famed models as Heidi Klum and Petra Nemcova, who teaches him how to strut his stuff. The magazine releases its 50th anniversary issue today.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>>> welcome back to sochi as we enjoy the olympic winter games . the folks at " sports illustrated " want you to think about summer, specifically the 50th anniversary of the swimsuit issue out today. and willie's got more on that.

>> that said.

>> the magazine " sports illustrated " just to name a few. to celebrate, the magazine reunited some of those legendary cover models. and for some reason, they invited me. excuse me, sir, i've got the golden ticket . what's going on here? a secret? once inside model mecca, my mission was to join the club and take a close-up with 22 of the biggest names in swimsuit history.

>> who is your favorite " sports illustrated " swimsuit model ?

>> i'm standing with her right now.

>> was i ready? did i have what it takes? if only there were a few dozen experts around to give some advice.

>> more rouge, you think?

>> yeah.

>> more color?

>> more sexiness? this isn't working for you yet?

>> it's working. it's working.

>> first things first. learning the walk from petra nemkova .

>> so you're going to glide. like you mean it.

>> yeah. not that.

>> every supermodel needs a signature pose. so kate upton shared her secrets with me.

>> i always have a go-to pose. like the hand on the hip and up by my face.

>> yeah, right.

>> little push.

>> what is the hand? what does that add?

>> i don't know. it's me.

>> it's just --

>> for you, you could do a throwback like this. like you're pushing your hair back.

>> okay. with the hand on the waist?

>> yeah, always. yes! boom. killed it.

>> got it. geist/upton out.

>> what.

>> but before we took the picture, i needed to understand what it meant to be a legend.

>> a legend is --

>> someone who goes off the beaten path and makes their own way.

>> aspirational, stood the test of time.

>> game-changer.

>> somebody who pushes in the mind and body.

>> someone who has left an indelible, lasting impression.

>> a person whose accomplishments are so amazing, the path would stand on its own.

>> despite meeting absolutely none of those criteria, i was ready for the big moment. even with the great photographer on the camera, i opted for a selfie. maybe it's best to leave it to the professionals.

>> obviously my selfies don't do any of those ladies justice. here's a look at the actual photograph. how about this for an all-star lineup of the all-time cover models over 50 years of " sports illustrated " magazine. really cool.

>> wake up, willie, it was all just a dream.

>> wake up with her next to you.

>> yeah.

>> so did you learn anything? what is your one take-away moment of all of that?

>> i should not have been there. i had no business being in that room. i should have been home with my wife and children.

>> you learned a good pose, though, can you do that again?

>> that cat thing? no, i don't think that's it.

>> what was that?

>> that's the cat look.

>> that's not good. hairball.