As previously reported, Kate Upton has been chosen as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model.
Yes, you've likely read that sentence before.
Because this is the third time Upton has been honored with this special issue's cover, having flaunted her body for the magazine's feature photo in 2012 and 2013 as well.
Despite being named Rookie of the Year in 2011 by Sports Illustrated editors - following her first set of bikini photos within the publication's pages - Upton wasn't very well know five years ago.
“If I got the cover, I would be really excited. It would be really amazing,” Kate said while shooting for the 2012 issue, adding at the time:
“It’s always what I’ve talked about. I grew up in an American family, so it always was on the coffee table and to be that girl on the magazine on the coffee table would just be really groundbreaking for me.”
The dream became a reality shortly after Upton sat down for this interview.
And the following 2012 cover launched her into superstardom:
A year later, it was off to Antarctica for Upton and her fellow models.
“When you think you’re going for a Sports Illustrated shoot, you think beach - sometimes it can be chilly and there’s going to be wind, but when you know you’re going to Antarctica, you know you’re going to be freezing and half naked,” Kate said that year.
"And I was very nervous because I grew up in Florida and I don’t do well in the snow when I’m fully dressed.”
Upton was anything but fully dressed for this pictorial.
Yes, she donned a winter jacket for the occasion.
But she didn't wear a top of any kind!
Those enormous breasts were exposed to all the winter elements, not to mention a readership of millions.
“This specific shot was on the boat," Upton explained back then of the cover, adding:
"It was the last shot of the round and the gave me coat, which, at the time, I thought was a miracle. At one point, I was sitting on the railing and then came down.
"The wind was blowing and they let me put my hood up and who’ve known that would’ve been the cover?”
After being featured on a pair of covers, word spread this year that Upton would not pose for SI at all unless she was given yet another cover.
We can't confirm if that diva-like demand actually went down.
All we can say for certain is that Upton is, indeed, covering the Swimsuit Edition once again. And we don't think any guy out there is complaining.
So there you have it.
Now you've ogle Kate Upton bikini photos from 2012, 2013 and 2017.
Take as long as you need or want to compare, contrast and wipe the drool off your keyboard and then VOTE:
WHICH COVER SHOT DO YOU LIKE BEST?
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