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Nina Agdal: New Sports Illustrated Bikini Cover Girl? (15 photos!)

Nina Agdal tipped as Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model

Nina Agdal tipped as Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model

Nina Agdal, named “Rookie of the Year” in last year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, is the latest model to be tipped as a possible candidate for the issue’s coveted 2013 cover. But she’s facing some celebrity competition.

The widely popular issue will hit newsstands Feb. 12, so the decision has already been made. But Agdal is only one of a couple of names that have been dropped.

Hannah Davis, the Victoria’s Secret fashion model who is dating New York Yankees slugger Derek Jeter, and Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb, have also been mentioned for the cover.

Nina Agdal Models for Sauvage Swimwear

Webb was thrust into the spotlight after ESPN sports commentator Brent Musburger went on about her endlessly during the college championship between Alabama and Notre Dame. Her boyfriend AJ McCarron quarterbacked the Crimson Tide.

Neither Webb, 23, nor Davis, 22, has ever posed for the magazine, so capturing the cover the first time out would be a considerable achievement. Webb is confirmed to be appearing in the magazine, which has launched more than one model’s career.

Last year’s cover model Kate Upton shot to supermodel status and has since gone from swimsuit modeling to high fashion and has also appeared in a couple of movies, notably 2012’s “Three Stooges.”

Agdal, 20, was born in Denmark and has also made her mark largely as a swimsuit model. She’s posed for such brands as Sauvage, Aerie and Bananna Moon. She’s also extensively model lingerie for brands Yeni Inci, Leonisa, Frederick’s of Hollywood and Bare Necessities.

Agdal is getting a big tip from London’s Daily Mail tabloid. It claims to have an inside source (don’t they all?), who revealed Agdal as the cover. The magazine, however, is known to drop several names to build publicity for the issue.

Davis, 22, will definitely debut in this year’s issue, and SI editor’s are reportedly give her cover consideration. The 5-foot, 10-inch tall, green-eyed beauty was discovered at 14 and has modeled for Ralph Lauren, Tommie Hilfiger and Victoria’s Secret. She’s also a top tennis player.

Agdal will appear in a Super Bowl commercial for hamburger chain Carl’s Jr., but otherwise confesses she know’s little about the sport.

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