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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover: Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal

After two consecutive years of Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated has chosen a threesome for the cover of its annual swimsuit issue.

Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen pose on the cover of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. James Macari/Sports Illustrated

The 50th anniversary issue's cover, featuring Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Tiegan, was unveiled Thursday night on the magazine's Sports Illustrated Swim Daily blog before getting an official big reveal on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

The cover marks Aldridge's Sports Illustrated debut. The 28-year-old Victoria's Secret model, who's married to Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill, said in an interview Thursday she was "in shock" over her selection.

"It's the most incredible honor to be a Sports Illustrated cover model," she said.

Even though Teigen has appeared in the swimsuit issue five times before, she never expected to land on the cover.

"It's the ultimate surprise, and it's the best feeling in the world right now," said the 28-year-old, who recently married musician John Legend.

Agdal made her Sports Illustrated debut in 2012.

The last time multiple models appeared on the cover of the magazine's swimsuit issue was in 2006.

So what made the trio's photo stand out? Teigen said she thinks it's because they instantly bonded as buddies and got along swimmingly during the shoot, in the Cook Islands, off the coast of New Zealand.

"The smiles that you're seeing are genuine," she said. "We had a good time, and it shows in the picture."

 The models said the most exciting thing about their Sports Illustrated cover status is what it might mean for their futures.

"Getting to be on the cover, we're all going to be household names," Aldridge said. "It's incredible what it does for your career and where it can take you."

Teigen joked that she doesn't know what else to do now and feels as though she should retire.

"Nothing is going to compare to this," she said. "This is pretty epic."

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands and digital formats next week.

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