Who needs human beings enhanced by plastic for your swimsuit edition cover, when you can just put perfect 100% plastic on your swimsuit edition cover?  Apparently the fine folks at Sports Illustrated believe it’s time for a change of their annual Swimsuit edition.

The historic plastic Barbie doll will join a generation of iconic stunners next week in the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition.

Striking a pose in the black-and-white swimsuit she wore for her debut in 1959, Barbie takes her place alongside a host of legendary SI Swimsuit alumni as part of a new promotional campaign with the magazine, according to Mattel.

The cover will be unveiled on the late-night TV talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday, according to show representatives. The magazine is due to hit newsstands on Tuesday.