Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2013: What Kate Upton Must Do to 3-Peat Cover

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Model Kate Upton attends the game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden on April 25, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Kate Upton has earned the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue for the second year in a row. Based on her rise over the past year, she could be in line for three straight covers.

The official Twitter account of the highly anticipated magazine sent out a sneak peak at the cover that is set to hit newsstands on Feb. 12:

Since Upton was on the cover of last year's issue, she has been on a meteoric rise. She has appeared in a number of commercials, most notably for Mercedes-Benz during the Super Bowl.

However, getting a third spot on the cover would be quite an accomplishment. Only Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Cheryl Tiegs, Daniela Pestova and Elle McPherson have been on the cover that many times.

It will not be easy, but this goal is certainly attainable.

First, it will be important for Upton to branch out in her modeling career. Despite being one of the more recognizable people in the world, the 20-year-old did not do much after her Sports Illustrated cover last year. 

According to Brian Solomon of Forbes, Upton was not one of the 10 highest-paid models in the world in 2012. This is a tough list to get on, but it would signify her ascent to the top.

Another thing she could do guarantee more time in the spotlight is to expand in her acting career. She has shown plenty of personality in various online videos and could definitely utilize this ability to be entertaining in movies or shows.

To this point, her only appearances in films were the Three Stooges and Tower Heist—not exactly box-office hits.

Finally, she simply needs to continue promoting herself in every way possible. This includes not only commercials, but continued public appearances at sporting events and other places.

The cover goes to someone who earns it through looks as well as buzz. She needs to keep people talking about her throughout the year.

Simply being on the front of one Swimsuit Issue is quite an accomplishment, but the young model has an opportunity to be legendary in her field.

At least you can guarantee that people will not get tired of looking at her anytime soon.


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