This year, the honor goes to Kate Upton! This will be Upton's third time fronting the Swimsuit Issue, and she told Kimmel the magazine didn't let her know she would be the cover model until just a day before the big announcement. The issue did not sell well and SI put their next issue on hold until when they debuted the first cover featuring a white bikini. The issue is credited with making the bikini a serious piece of apparel. Model Cheryl Tiegs graced the cover in the issue.
We couldn't be prouder to introduce you to our latest cover girl, Kate Upton. Can you even imagine being a part of this stylish squad?! Upton and her girls jetted off to Tuscany, Italy, for her wedding to Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander—and we've got all the dazzling details! Headlining the newest issue of Brides are Upton's next-level wedding photos, featuring everything from her breathtaking ceremony space at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco to the bride's two Valentino wedding dresses —which, in case you missed it, are beyond beautiful.
Ilya S. The honor puts her in the ranks of other fashion favorites like Christie Brinkley and Joan Smalls. But just one year ago, Upton's future as a model seemed uncertain. The industry speculated that Upton would be stuck with the identity of a swimsuit model forever.
After the triumph that was Kate Upton's cover , the blonde bombshell model has returned for more. The issue isn't set to arrive until early next week, but Fashion Copious has a leaked image over the cover -- click to see it here. It's a bit of a surprise, given that Upton had her moment in the sun and has since catapulted to more high fashion heights Vogue , Vogue Italia , V Magazine. There had been speculation that the Sports Illustrated cover model might be Hannah Davis , girlfriend of Derek Jeter, but looks like those rumors now appear to be false.