Kate Upton: Sports Illustrated Cover Model Nailed Second-Straight Appearance

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 12, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04:  Model Kate Upton poses on the field during DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
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There’s no doubt Kate Upton was the best choice for the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2013 Swimsuit Edition.

Upton traveled to new frontiers for her photo shoot. She sacrificed her health, too, as her 10-day excursion in Antarctica resulted in her getting sick upon her return to the U.S.

“Very, very sick. I don’t think you can go to Antarctica and stand in a bikini without that happening. But I didn’t die, and I’m OK now,” Upton said, according to AP reporter Frazier Moore (via DailyNews.com).

Wearing "a bikini" is a stretch, as Upton bared nearly all of herself for much of the shoot.

But what is being missed through all of this is her meteoric rise and superstar status. At just 20 years old Upton already has three appearances with two covers for the prestigious and coveted magazine cover.

Even a leak of the cover days before it became official wasn’t enough to kill the buzz and anticipation for its Tuesday release. It did the opposite, in fact. SI opted to tweet out the picture early after the leak, thus creating a huge reaction on the Internet. Social media turned a bad thing into a blessing as Upton has risen to an Internet sensation ever since—as if she wasn’t already one before.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the leak and subsequent release was that Upton herself didn’t know she got the cover until finding out on Twitter, according to Kate Hogan of People.

The end result couldn’t have been better, though. Upton performed admirably despite the harsh conditions. Along with the SI staff, they produced some of the most vivid and beautiful pictures the magazine has ever seen. It was truly an admirable effort by all parties.

Upton has already begun to reap the benefits of her second-consecutive cover appearance. Fresh off of that appearance she is also modeling with Accessorize for the company’s 2013 spring and summer collection, according to Bianca London of The Daily Mail. Notable supermodels who worked for the company include Claudia Schiffer, Lily Cole and Bar Refaeli.