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    Holy Hot Beach Bods! Behind the Scenes of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

    It's that time of year again.

    Sports Illustrated's 48th Annual Swimsuit Issue is coming to a rack near you on Feb. 15 and we've got some sandy, skimpy and sexy footage of models Julie Henderson, Hilary Rhoda and Damaris Lewis showing off their assets in Fiji, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore.

    The trio also provided a little insight into just how important the SI Swimsuit issue is to a model's career and how it feels to be considered a "vet" at 20...

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    "The first year you're in it, it's just amazing to be in it. The second you're like, Oh my God, I'm asked back again!" says Henderson, who's making her fifth straight appearance in the iconic issue. "You become more recognizable, it changes your career. And in a sense, it kind of changes your life and the way your work is and your opportunities...You get to see amazing places and meet amazing people."

    And though this is her fifth time, the freckled blonde says it's her first actual beach shoot.

    "It's nice to roll around in the sand and be all grimy, like a sugar doughnut almost," Henderson says. "I am such a bikini girl...the tinier the swimsuit the better," she adds, giggling.

    "I learned so much as a kid that transfers over to now," Lewis, in the magazine for the third consecutive year, says of growing up in Brooklyn—where she apparently learned how to pose in the middle of a crowded market place wearing a bikini!

    "I used to be the one who was looking up to other people, saying, ‘I want to get out, I want to do stuff like that,'" recalls the 20-year-old. "One of the biggest things I can do with this job is accomplish something and if anybody can look at me as a role model, then I'm doing my job."

    See for yourself why SI keeps asking these ladies back right here.

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