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Hannah Davis on her Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover: It's not that naughty

Hannah Davis believes any fuss over the Sports Illustrated cover photo is a little overblown.
/ Source: TODAY

With a revealing cover shot that landed her on the front of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, model Hannah Davis believes any fuss over the photo is a little overblown.

"I think you're making it look a lot naughtier than it really is to be honest,'' Davis told Matt Lauer on TODAY Monday after a ribbon graphic covered part of the cover. "To be honest, I think SI always tries to do something a little different every year, and I think this year, it's the year of the torso."

A native of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Davis, 24, is appearing in her third swimsuit issue and also is known for dating recently-retired baseball great Derek Jeter.

More from Davis:

  • On the former swimsuit cover model she strives to emulate: "I really actually would like to model my career after someone like Kathy Ireland. I think she just built this incredible empire, but she honors the fact that Sports Illustrated was the platform that got her to that place."
  • On making her first SI cover: "It was an overwhelming sort-of moment. I was so blindsided by the whole thing, but it's an honor."

Here is the full, revealing cover:

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