Kate Upton Covers 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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The 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover was leaked early yesterday and for the second year in a row features gorgeous model Kate Upton.

Technically it is Upton's third straight appearance on the cover.  In 2011 she was named SI's Rookie of the Year and appeared in an inset image.

Perhaps you noticed that Kate isn't rocking a swimsuit top, opting instead for a white coat with a fur-trimmed hood that she paired with her string-tied bikini bottom.

The "Polar Bare" theme was shot in Antarctica and undoubtedly proved to be a tough shoot location with temps hovering near 30 degrees. Brrrr.

Upton tweeted, "We can finally talk about Antarctica!!!!!...Took us 2 months to thaw out."

Previous SI swimsuit cover models include Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker, Ellie MacPherson, Paulina Porizkova, Tyra Banks, Valeria Mazza, Bar Refaeli, Marisa Miller and Beyonce Knowles.

Upton and nine other SI models will be David Letterman's guests Monday night for what was originally supposed to be the big reveal.  The popular SI issue hits newsstands on Tuesday.

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