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Kate Upton

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Kate Upton fans, rejoice!

Sports Illustrated has been gracious enough to release behind-the-scenes footage of the blond beauty's photo shoot in Antarctica for the magazine's annual swimsuit issue.

Sure, the issue itself may have come out months ago, but who are we to complain if they want to now give us a glimpse at the 21-year-old hottie braving the chilly temps while wearing nothing but a two-piece, right?

Exactly.

And while striking a pose in a place dominated by penguins was not exactly familiar territory for Upton, being on the cover certainly is.

After all, 2013 marked the second year in a row that the model was the cover girl of choice for S.I.'s popular issue.

And she's definitely in gorgeous company. Christie Brinkley went back-to-back-to-back in 1979, 1980 and 1981; Elle Macpherson did the same between 1986 and 1988; Paulina Porizkova posed in 1984 and 1985 and Tyra Banks starred in 1996 (along with Valeria Mazza) and 1997.

In June, Upton also managed to successfully make her way onto the cover of Vogue.

One of the main topics of conversation the mag had with the bombshell was her figure and her efforts to ignore those critical of those killer curves.

"The thing that they're rejecting I can't change," Upton said. "I can't change my bra size. They're natural. I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can't change some things. I really just live my life."

She added, "I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great."