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Travel Channel unveils 'SI Swimsuit' special

8:06 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
Emily DiDonato poses in Namibia, Africa, for the Travel Channel's special 'Making of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 13' airing Feb. 17. (Photo: Kayt Jones, Sports Illustrated)
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This year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue promises to be as sexy and as exotic as ever.

And before the magazine arrives (on Feb. 12), the Travel Channel is joining with SI for a one-hour special, Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit 13 - 7 Continents, 17 Wonders. The show premieres Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will offer exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks into what went into the globe-trotting shoots.

This year's swimsuit issue includes the first fashion shoot to take place on the ice-covered terrain in Antarctica. (That couldn't have been too fun!)

The special also follows the bikini-clad models and photographers as they battle sandstorms in the African dunes and traverse treacherous cliffs in Asia.

"Hands down, this is the most fantastic armchair adventure you can take this winter," promises Laureen Ong, president of the Travel Channel, in the announcement.

Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

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