Having shot to fame standing on a beach in a bikini and asking "Where the bloody hell are you?", Lara Bingle is eyeing a spot on swimwear modelling's most coveted real estate - the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The Aussie it-girl was overheard chatting about the US magazine over lunch at The Flying Fish Cafe with a pal recently and sources close to the model say a spot in the annual flesh-fest is at the top of her New Year's wish-list.

A rep for Bingle yesterday denied talks were under way with the international sports mag but confirmed she is keen to appear in the annual swimwear issue which is credited with launching the career of Aussie supermodel Elle Macpherson and has also featured local models Jessica Gomes and Pania Rose.

"It's definitely something she has talked about in the past and something that is a bit of a dream of hers," Bingle's manager Titus Day told Confidential yesterday.

"I think it would be a matter of developing her international profile a bit more first... and the magazine is known for picking women from all over the world.

"It may happen. But at this stage its not something we are actively pursuing. She is looking to move more into the fashion/stylist side of things with a bit of modelling here and there."

Bingle, meanwhile, will appear on the cover of Aussie fashion mag Oyster in a futuristic-style shoot this Friday.

The magazine has devoted several pages to the model with a series of pictures which depict Bingle as everything from sex siren to sophisticate to retro celluloid princess.

Source: Herald Sun
Date: 10th February 2011