We were treated to the swimsuited bods of Elle Macpherson, Vendela, Rachel Hunter and the ageless Kathy Ireland, among many others. Most of the outfits ranged from your standard two-piece jams but, periodically, things became more artistic and more exotic: bathing suit AND birthday suit. Regular textiles were replaced with mesh, fishnet and sand that looked like glued-on cinnamon. And since the shots were "tasteful" (re: no lady business visible), it eased young shavers into understanding, nay, appreciating, nay, respectfully lusting after the female form with only a vague idea of what was so interesting. Read: Could More Porn Actually Make Us Healthier?
Unfortunately, boys these days don't have such an easy transition from kid to perpetual hard-on. After all, there's nothing to look forward to that you can't already find in Google Images (so that's what Cheryl Tiegs' butt cheeks look like), and a boy can now measure his life in two phases: before and after he's seen something that he can't unsee.
Gosh, I miss the days of waiting for the Swimsuit Issue.
*Note: "THOSE houses" generally involved at least one parent who regularly smoked pot and left copies of Penthouse on the coffee table.