Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover: Kate Upton, 20

BY FRAZIER MOORE
The Associated Press
Modified: February 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm •  Published: February 12, 2013

In the dead of winter, many girl-watchers' thoughts turn to warmer days ahead.

As an answer to such yearnings, the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is on the way, with Kate Upton once again its cover girl.

Repeating her world-class pin-up feat for a second consecutive year, the 20-year-old, 5-feet-10-inch Upton graces the cover of the 2013 edition, which is set to be officially unveiled Monday night on TV on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" (with 10 of the models presenting the Top Ten List).

The new edition — marking the 50th anniversary — will be on newsstands Tuesday.

It's Upton's third appearance in a Swimsuit issue. She was chosen as rookie of the year in 2011, when Irina Shayk was on the cover.

This year for the first time, the fashion shoot covers the entire world, with 17 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models journeying to all seven continents. Photo sites include African dunes and Asian cliffs.

But for Upton, there's lots of ice. She is warming things up in Antarctica, where the cover shot displays her clad only in a white, fur-lined parka and bikini bottom.

Out of a dozen or so photos in which she appears, the cover shot "is the most clothes I'm wearing in the whole issue," Upton said in a phone interview Monday. "It was a sort of I-love-you from the editor: 'I'll let you wear a coat for this one.'"

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