Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2013: 2nd Kate Upton Cover Is Perfect Move

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2013

Feb 26, 2012; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Swimsuit model Kate Upton speaks at a press conference before the 2012 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.  Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Kate Upton will grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for the second straight year, and subscribers will rejoice at the editors' decision. Upton has gone wintry on this year's cover, staring at the reader with those lovely baby blues while clad in a bikini bottom and white parka.

Upton beat out a top candidate in Hannah Davis for the cover and while that may cause some of my fellow dudes out there to cry foul, trust me when I say that the higher ups at Sports Illustrated made the right call.

The fact is that while Davis would have been a solid choice for the cover, there really isn't anything unique about her. She has the exotic look going on, and is quite the sporty one. Not only is she an avid tennis player, but she was also once rumored to be dating New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Upton is not as conventionally sporty, as her background is in equestrian, but she still deserves to be on the cover over Davis.

The sad truth is that models like Davis are a dime a dozen. From the skinny frame to the long hair to the seductive eyes, there are plenty of other equally beautiful women that look just like her.

Granted, Upton is also a tall woman with the same air of seduction about her, but she is unlike any other supermodel. Her curvy frame makes her who she is, and all the more unique. She may not be like other women in her industry, but that only adds to her allure.

Given the strong readership of both Sports Illustrated and its swimsuit edition, providing that type of allure is key to maintaining that strong presence, which means using Upton in favor of Davis. She may not be a conventional supermodel, but she definitely brings a lot more to the table than Davis, at least at this point.