Twenty-year-old model Kate Upton has had quite the start to her young career, continuing a line of raging success by once again gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. Tuesday marks the annual release of the magazine, and should only open up more opportunities for Upton to advance her brand.
Only Christie Brinkley and Elle Macpherson have been on the SI cover for three consecutive years, and Upton may be heading down that in 2014. With the massive publicity buzz that this magazine tends to create, Upton is set for supermodel status.
The official SI Swimsuit Twitter page posted the cover photo:
The location of the cover photo was Antarctica, which highlights how SI raises the stakes by shooting in extremely exotic locations.
As far as her future prospects, there is a solid chance that Upton could use this appearance to further not just her modeling career, but her entertainment career as well. She has already appeared in films such as Tower Heist and The Three Stooges, and should only continue to get more looks in Hollywood.
Recent fellow cover girl Brooklyn Decker has used her success with the swimsuit issue as a successful launching point to her acting career. Decker broke through as the female lead in the Adam Sandler film Just Go With It in 2011.
The following year, Decker appeared in the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting and in the effects-heavy Battleship, based on the popular Hasbro game.
It's reasonable to think that Upton could have similar success in acting should she want to pursue that path.
In the most recent slate of Super Bowl commercials, she appeared in two ads for automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. One showed her washing the company's new car in a rather suggestive sort of way, and the other saw her in familiar territory on the red carpet.
What became clear in those ads was that Upton knows what to do in front of a camera as opposed to simply doing a photo shoot. She has a lot of upside as a performer.
The popularity of the car-washing ad, the very nature of this particular issue of Sports Illustrated and models grabbing leads in Hollywood despite modest acting skills further fortifies the notion that sex sells.
There aren't many outstanding-looking models whose star is rising quite as rapidly as Upton's—just one year removed from her teens, she is already worth an estimated $2 million.
This latest partnership with Sports Illustrated should only allow her to continue to reap the benefits both now and in the future. But if this spectacular beginning to her career is any indication, Upton is just getting started.
Upton's potential to expand her influence across all mediums seems limitless, and whatever she goes on to accomplish, the genesis will be traced back to her appearances on SI.