SI Swimsuit Issue 2012: Kate Upton and the 10 Hottest Cover Candidates

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SI Swimsuit Issue 2012: Kate Upton and the 10 Hottest Cover Candidates
Sexy Kate Upton (SI Photo)

The enigma of print publication has long since lost its luster in exchange for modern high-resolution digital photography. And, even including that small niche still carved out by the likes of Maxim and FHM that still have men clamoring to the magazine section of their corner pharmacy once a month, nothing compares to Sports Illustrated's annual unveiling of the "unofficial" most beautiful woman in the world. 

Nothing ever will.

Sports Illustrated has carved out a special section for the male brain with their annual spread of beautiful faces and splendid bodies. Not even the highest definition laptop screen can outdo the justice that real men find when they rush to shelf to see who SI put on the cover each spring. 

While some mark signs of spring to be flowers blooming and temperatures warming, a good number of men would proudly state it's actually SI's release of its perpetually hot Swimsuit Edition. It's also probably the only magazine of "its kind" that taken men can still get away with having around the house, or at least in the garage. 

If you are an old diehard with a new girl, just tell her its part of your subscription so it's not your fault SI chooses to print the publication. Hey, there's still other good stories in there, right?

It is the last bastion of acceptable temptation for most men and it's still less embarrassing than asking for the Hustler or Juggs behind counter, hidden by some crappy cardboard with the words "Adult Only" on the front in Sharpie.

Spring is almost here and SI's swimsuit super models have already steamed up the Southern beaches. Here's a look at the 11 best candidates for this year's coveted cover shot.

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