UNITED STATES - American talkshow host David Letterman was supposed to unveil this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model tonight, but a blogger beat him to it by leaking a photo of supermodel Kate Upton, 20, gracing the cover for the second year in a row.
Upton joins an elite group of models who have appeared on the cover more than once.
The record holder is still Elle McPherson, who landed on the cover five times between 1986 and 2006.
"I look...Cold lol," Upton tweeted. No doubt that's how the model was feeling at the time of the photo shoot, which took place in Antarctica, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Took us 2 months to thaw out," she said in another tweet.
Upton and nine other Sports Illustrated swimsuit models appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" Monday night. The issue hit the stands in the US yesterday.
The tag on the cover reads: "Kate Upton Goes Polar Bare ... and Then Sizzles in Body Paint."
Upton is near topless as she shows off her famous curves in white bikini bottoms in a snap so scorching she could melt the ice caps in the background.
The blonde bombshell covers her modesty with a fur-lined hooded jacket, pressing her cleavage together as she holds up the hood. In the snaps, she wears minimal make-up on her youthful complexion and has her blonde locks out in a straight style, the Daily Mail reported.
In December, she was seen doing the shoot for the magazine spread on a boat with the Sports Illustrated crew.
The magazine chartered the boat for a 10-day voyage between Argentina and Antarctica. They wanted to photograph her for the forthcoming issue of the magazine with a backdrop of icebergs.
She was more than happy to oblige. After all, it was the last year's much-lauded magazine cover which put her in the spotlight. Her modelling career took off after that.
She is now one of America's top-rated models.
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