They get the cover for a reason - because they're smokin' hot. As the first full week of the New Year goes in the books we thought it time to reflect on the 12 models that complemented our cover imagery each month. Check out our dozen lovelies from the 2013 volume of Lowrider magazine.

Raquel Estrella

Month: January

Instagram: @Raquel_Estrella

Featured with Louie Carrillo's 1969 Chevrolet Impala, athletic and personable Raquel has also appeared in Heavy Hitters and other past issues of Lowrider, on television, and as a dancer and ring girl, in addition to convention and car show gigs.

Tanya Love

Month: February

Instagram: @TanyaLove1

Tanya is a professional dancer, model and hostess, selected to pose with Xavier "Harvey" Reyes' 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS for our February cover.

Mercedes Rangel

Month: March

Instagram: @MercedesCLS500

California born, Las Vegas raised, but Mexican at heart, Mercedes modeled with Brandon and Marina Gonzalez's 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for our March issue.

Elizabeth Ruiz

Month: April

Instagram: @ElizabethRuizXO

From Cuba via Miami, model/actress Elizabeth has done music videos in addition to modeling and posing here with Chuy's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible from LA's SouthSide car club.

Franchesca Del Carpio

Month: May

Instagram: @FranchescaDC

In addition to modeling, like she did for our May cover with Ruben Arreguin's 1959 Chevrolet El Camino, Colombian/Peruvian/Dutch/Italian Franchesca is also an accomplished hostess, go-go dancer, bartender, actress, poker dealer and website developer.

Xena Kai

Month: June

Instagram: @XenaKai

Xena - captured in June with Jack Jeiranyan's 1980 Cadillac LeCabriolet - began as an import model and has since expanded her portfolio, but will always be a geek at heart.

Allison Sky

Month: July

Instagram: @AllisonSky

Working here with Terrance Keeby's 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible, Allison is an aspiring model and actress who's worked with the likes of Playboy, Hooters and Kandy Shop Bikinis, as well as rappers 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga.

Elena Romanova

Month: August

Instagram: @Elena88c

Counting a ton of print magazine and music video jobs among her work experience, Russian-Ukrainian beauty Elena models here with Reza Berahmand's 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

Lauren Vannatta

Month: September

Instagram: @LaurenVannatta

Outgoing and down to earth, Lauren has appeared in catalogs, calendars and other publications, in addition to modeling with George Victoria's 1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible for our September edition.

Stephanie "Glam" Cervantes

Month: October

Hot Stephanie was the perfect complement to Bobby Flores' hot pink 1979 Cadillac D'Elegance.

Meagan De La Torre

Month: November

Instagram: @LockedNLoaded1

Stunning Meagan teamed up with Hydraulic Setup of the Year winner Lisle Helms' 1961 Chevrolet Impala for our November cover.

Elvida Santos

Month: December

Instgram: @ElvidaSantos

Passionate about modeling and singing, Elvida appeared with Andre "Dre Ghost" McGee's 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible and is always up for new challenges.