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Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue has always been the mostly widely read issue every year, if you can call thumbing through the pictures of half-naked women "reading."

Now don't get me wrong. I think that it's a great issue and that "girl watching" has been the "sport" of healthy American men for decades.

What I noticed about this year's issue -- the 50th, by the way -- is that one of the "rookie" models inside the pages is the daughter of two U.S. Marines. Her father was a sniper and her mother was a drill instructor.

Seems that Hannah Ferguson, 22, always wanted to be a model, not a Marine, when she started modeling after graduating from high school in rural Texas.

I certainly wish her the best of luck and know that I have never found anything remotely sexist about the SI swimsuit issue. It is what it is. It increases circulation -- take that any way you want to -- and is not as cheesy as Playboy can be.

What I found most interesting out of all the articles I've read about the issue is what Ferguson said about what she likes to do to relax. She said she likes to bake and go to the gun range. Now I don't know if she said that for effect but it certainly caught my attention.

She sounds like a girl who can take care of herself. And isn't that what ever parent wants?

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