For the third time, Kate Upton is the cover girl of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The model-actress made the announcement herself on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The Michigan native was a rookie in the 2011 swimsuit issue. She became a cover girl the following year, then again in 2013. Considering that every year, Sports Illustrated (SI) presents a new batch of rookies in skimpy swimwear, appearing on the cover for the third time is no small accomplishment.
The magazine has exerted extra effort to gain the attention of readers. In 2014, the 50th anniversary issue of the publication featured three topless women with their backs to the camera. These daring females were Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen.
The magazine featured three different covers last year, with Ashley Graham, Ronda Rousey and Hailey Clauson individually on each cover. This year, Christie Brinkley, 63, was also featured with her daughters.
In response to being perceived as “curvy,” Upton stated, “People are naturally tall, short, skinny, curvy whatever. So I feel like limiting yourself to one label isn’t right, you can be everything.” Looking back at her 2012 debut cover, however, the word that comes to mind is rubenesque rather than curvy.
Certainly, there is nothing skinny about the ubiquitous blonde. In the inside pages, whether standing or reclining, bulges stand out rather than bones. Maybe sticking a label is not right, but anyone viewing the photos can tell what type of model she is.
Reactions to another Kate cover
Kate as SI swimsuit issue cover girl drew reactions again, as expected. It will be recalled that she felt objectified by feedback after she first appeared in the magazine. To haters, her message now is that they do not know her at all.
The official account for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit tweeted, “Welcome back, Kate.” “Well-deserved,” some SI followers said, but others commented “boring same old same old,” while one tweeted “This IS called the swimsuit issue, right? Where’s the swimsuit? Just curious!”
Kate channels another famous blonde
In the annual advent calendar of Love magazine, Upton channeled the late Marilyn Monroe in flesh-colored lingerie, a sheer robe and a bevy of bouncy blonde curls. In another shot, she appeared looking like a Marilyn ready to get inebriated.
The Michigan-born beauty has been in the news lately. Among the headline-making stories about her is her engagement to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
Some of the other celebrities who took part in the advent series were Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Sylvester Stallone’s 18-year-old daughter Sistine. All these ladies are beautiful in their own way and attract a following notwithstanding their progeny.