Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Go Honky Tonkin’

“Swimville” Takes Over Nashville’s Lower Broadway


Sports Illustrated is throwing a huge party in Nashville in honor of its 2015 Swimsuit Edition.

The two-day festivities, dubbed Swimville, have taken over Lower Broadway in true music city style, complete with live music and the models themselves.

“It’s incredible to have the swimsuit launch in Nashville on Broadway,” model Lily Aldridge told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “Roberts Western World, that’s where I go every Friday, that’s my spot. Which is so fun to have (the street) shut down and the community is so excited, we’re here and the food trucks and everything, it’s just an amazing community in Nashville, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Being part of the iconic issue is a lifelong dream for many models, who know the job comes with many adoring fans. But at Swimville they get to be fans themselves, enjoying special performances by Chris Young, Will Hoge, Nikki Lane and Kings of Leon.

“I am from Texas, so I definitely grew up around country music,” said model Ashley Smith. “I really like older stuff like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, things like that.”

“I like Alan Jackson and Toby Keith,” offered Hannah Ferguson. “But I also really like the Zac Brown Band.”

Adding a little fun to the mix, the girls were asked which musicians they’d like to see in swimwear. Their answers might be surprising!

“I think Alan Jackson would pull off a Speedo pretty well,” said Ferguson.

Blake Shelton probably,” Aldridge admitted. “I feel like he would bust out the moves. (laughs) I feel like he would kill it.”

“I don’t think it’d be Willie (Nelson),” said Smith, before changing her mind. “To be honest, I would maybe pay somebody to see that (because) that would be kind of hilarious.”

Swimsuit Willie

For more from the Sports Illustrated launch party, tune in to an all-new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 14-15) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.