2/24/2015 by Doug Scott
For anyone who has visited Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, the stunning beauty is enough to knock your socks off. More rugged and wild than any beac found in California or Oregon, the wilderness of the Olympic Coast is iconic and beautiful, perfect for photographers from around the world.
While most photographers come to Ruby Beach and the Washington Coast at Olympic National Park for the beauty of nature, the Travel Channel and went “behind the scenes with the Sports Illustrated cameras as they capture candid moments of the world’s sexiest swimsuit models in America’s most beautiful landscapes.”
Yes, you read that right. Sports Illustrated is using America’s most gorgeous lands as a backdrop to their annual swimsuit edition. From Yellowstone, Monument Valley, The Grand Tetons (Of course they did the Tetons are AKA known as “The Three Breasts”), and even Canon Beach in Oregon, Sports Illustrated’s 2015 swimsuit edition has a misguided focus on nature.
While many may applaud Sports Illustrated for this, the staging of pictures is even more exploitative and hokey than ever before. The woman standing in front of Upper Yellowstone Falls looks completely out of place, but not as much as the woman at Ruby Beach. As many know, the weather in Olympic National Park is not warm and is often wet, making swimsuits a bit useless in all but the warmest of sunny summer days. I have been to Ruby Beach nearly one hundred times, and 99.9% of the time, I can assure you that the model pictured in this blog is underdressed and would get hypothermia if she tried to swim. It is cool to see Ruby Beach featured nationally, but the scene is so unrealistic it is just silly…much like the Swimsuit Issue.
Without further delay, here are a few pictures from the 2015 Swimsuit Edition from Yellowstone and Olympic National Parks.
A completely unnatural scene at Ruby Beach
This looks so Photoshopped…