Kate Upton, 19, made the cover of the 2012 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine as it hits the stands today.
The cover picture of Kate Upton, while in a sparkly red and brown bikini, was taken during her photo shot on an Australian beach.
After learning she was the cover model she told People magazine, “This means so much for me personally. This has always been my dream.”
M.J. Daly, senior editor for Sports Illustrated, told Reuter’s that Kate, “embodies the sophistication and sexiness.”
In all, there were 17 models featured in the special edition with photos shot in, Australia, Florida, Zambia, Panama, and the Republic of Seychelles.
“Every single girl we shoot has the opportunity to be on the cover, and it really comes down to who has the best picture,” Daly told Reuters. “Whoever has that really special, jaw-dropping photo ends up on the cover.”
Last year, Upton was featured in the swimsuit edition as the “Rookie of the Year,” with model, Irina Shayk getting the cover. Shayk is also in the current edition, her 6th.
Upton made her acting debut last year in “Tower Hiest,” as a building owner’s mistress. The movie also stars Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.