Kate Upton Revealed as 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl

Last year's cover hottie repeats, only this time with a parka; mag is forced to make reveal early after cover leaks

By Natalie Finn Feb 09, 2013 4:54 AMTags
Sports Illustrated, Swimsuit Edition, Kate UptonSports Illustrated

Hey look, it's Kate Upton...again!

For the second year in a row, the blond beauty is the cover girl of choice for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the big reveal coming via leak earlier today.

No wonder David Letterman has nine other models lined up for Monday's show in addition to Upton—there's no such thing as a big official reveal anymore!

"Congratulations Ms.@kateupton !! Making history!" tweeted 2010 cover girl Brooklyn Decker.

This actually marks Upton's third straight appearance on the cover, counting an inset pic in 2011, when she was named SI's Rookie of the Year. 

But this is the first year the Michigan-born, Florida-bred bombshell is wearing no bikini top—and a coat! 

SI took the shoot down to Antarctica for its "Polar Bare" theme, which must have tested the models' acting chops, too. How else do you pretend that life's a beach when it's 30 degrees outside?!

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

Meanwhile, the 20-year-old joins an incredibly elite list of models who've commanded the cover multiple years in a row: 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 and 1997 (though she had to share with Valeria Mazza in 1996).