Bar Refaeli Scores SI Cover

DiCaprio squeeze 'ecstatic' over nod
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2009 9:44 AM CST
A photo from the Sports Illustrated issue.   (AP Photo/Raphael Mazzucco)
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(Newser) – The much-ballyhooed cover spot of this year's Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue goes to Bar Refaeli, the 23-year-old Israeli flame of Leonardo DiCaprio. “I am ecstatic! I'm in heaven right now,” Refaeli told People minutes after she got the news. Getting the cover “was my dream,” she said. Asked what her grandparents will think of the sexy shot, she exclaimed, “They are so proud!”

“My grandma says she walks down the street and people ask her, 'Are you Bar Refaeli's grandmother?' I'm like, dude—I mean, you're very beautiful, but we don't really look alike! We have 60 years between us.” The model says Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum have been her favorite SI swimsuit cover girls. The issue lands today.