Kate Upton should be a very happy girl.
This is only the second time a model has gotten the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover two years in a row. The last time consecutive SI swimsuit covers happened was from 1996-7, when Tyra Banks covered two in a row, and that was 10 years after Elle McPherson scored three covers back-to-back from 1986-8.
Kate has actually been on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times in a row, but the first time, in 2011, she was in an inset as “Rookie of the Year.”
2013′s issue has “Polar Bear” theme, and after the cover was revealed, Upton tweeted “We can finally talk about Antarctica!!!!!…Took us 2 months to thaw out.”
The magazine was set to premiere the cover on Monday night’s Late Show With David Letterman, but Page Six got their hands on and leaked the cover early.
What do you think of Kate getting this recognition two years in a row? Do you think she’ll be on the cover in 2014?