Kate Upton was named the cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition cover two years in a row, but instead of a tropical beach setting, Upton had to do the shoot in chilly Antarctica this time around.
She spoke to Today about the freezing temperatures and having to do a bikini shoot while desperately trying to say warm, adding, “It was freezing. I’m from Florida, so it wasn’t great for me. When I came back I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm. I was thinking warm thoughts."
Upton also adds that she didn’t think she would get any good shots from the shoot, much less the prestigious cover shot. She explains, “I could really only do it for a minute and then everyone would come running and throw blankets on top of me and they would build me like a little blanket cave. I really went all out on this. We went there thinking we might not even get a shot, and came back with the cover.”
Upton’s SI cover shoot for two years in a row marks a first for the model, who credits it for launching her into the often difficult world of modeling. Due to the attention she received from the last cover, she was able to land multiple endorsements and deals that she might not have been able to otherwise. There’s no doubt that with two covers, she will go on to have a long and successful career like other supermodels who have had the same honor before her.