Damn, Kate, back at it again with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover? That meme may be overdone at this point, but Kate Upton is proving she is as hot as ever. The Kate Upton craze of 2012-2013 seemed to be long behind us now that she is seemingly focusing on her acting career, but her most recent SI cover has caused quite a splash on the internet. This marks her third official cover, which means she is quickly catching up to the model with the highest number of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers to date (to be revealed later). Upton did make Sports Illustrated history, becoming the first ever model to receive three covers. If you recall, last year’s issue also had three covers, but a different woman was on each one.
The 2017 issue aimed to celebrate “body diversity and age inclusion,” but some parts of the internet were not impressed (we will get to that later). One thing we can probably all agree on is how hot Upton looks in all three covers. They strike us as a bit more high-end than before and her body looks powerful. But, there’s a caveat. As striking as Upton looks, we think she has looked even hotter in previous covers she has done in the past. Yes, we know. It doesn’t seem possible. We invite you to take a look for yourselves.
15. Her Latest SI Covers, For Reference
For those of you who missed out on all of the hoopla last week regarding the grand unveiling of the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, here is what we’re talking about. Upton is the first model to land all three covers, this time in celebration of “body diversity and age inclusion.” Serena Williams, Ashley Graham, the 63-year-old supermodel Christie Brinkley (and her daughters) and newcomer Hunter McGrady, Sports Illustrated’s “curviest model ever,” were also in the issue.
As you can see, all covers fall aptly into the hot AF category. And yet, there are still critics, particularly when it comes to calling the issue “diverse.” Supposedly Sports Illustrated had planned to give a cover to not only Upton, but also to Brinkley and Williams, hence calling the issue “diverse.” Instead, Upton, a blonde, white woman, demanded that she had to be on all of them, with a source saying: “Kate demanded that if she did the shoot, that she absolutely must get the cover. She also had a list of photographers and hair and makeup people she would only work with.” If these reports are true, do you think Sports Illustrated should have stuck to their guns?
14. A Little Teaser
We’re starting off nice and slow with this one. But don’t you think it’s still pretty hot, even though this Cosmopolitan cover is one of Kate Upton’s less revealing ones? We get the sense that Upton is playing up the good girl thing here, which is always a hit. We do still get a look at her legs and assets, but Cosmo doesn’t go overboard with it. It’s still quite tasteful. Don’t worry – the covers that are coming up will do a lot more with Upton than this one. While Upton has yet to pose for the likes of Playboy, she said she is not necessarily opposed, but she isn’t doing it right now (that was in 2014). In any case, all you need to know that is there are some pretty steamy covers coming your way. Buckle up. You’re in for a ride.
13. Old School Beauty for Vanity Fair
What we like about this 2013 Vanity Fair cover is that it is a Kate Upton we have never seen before. It’s something different than the whole girl posing in a bikini thing, which, although Upton certainly does that well, this offers up something a little different. Well done, Vanity Fair. This is a more classic, glamorous version of Upton that puts her beauty on display as opposed to her sex appeal (yet, she still looks sexy). Her famous curves are still well in sight, but it isn’t the Upton we typically see. This is like a forbidden fruit if you will. A little taste of what could be. That deserves a mention, don’t you think? The cover definitely reminds us of Marilyn Monroe – one of the biggest sex symbols of all time – so that has to count for something, right? Upton definitely scored with this 100th anniversary Vanity Fair cover! On top of that, it was shot by the world-renowned Annie Leibovitz.
12. Au Naturale For Vogue
In line with the whole “you don’t need to take it all off in order to be sexy” concept, here is another cover that Kate Upton did for British Vogue back in 2013 that proves our point. She is wearing more clothing than ever before and yet she still looks hot (and completely beautiful). Indeed, this is Upton at her most stripped down. She looks very bare-faced. There is a twinkle in her eye. We love everything about this very simple cover.
As most of you know, Upton kicked off her career with her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover but, then went on to land covers for high fashion magazines such as Vogue, going into uncharted territory. On Vogue’s decision to choose Upton as their cover girl, they said this: “It’s very rare for a girl to move from one area of the business to the other, largely due to the fact that fashion models are almost without curves, whereas swimwear girls are celebrated for them… When I decided to shoot Kate for our first cover of 2013, it was to kick off the year with a young woman who is not a stereotypical fashion model – although, let’s face it, she’s hardly a heffalump!” Agreed.
11. Popping Cherries For The DT Magazine
This 2012 cover for The DT Magazine has Kate Upton looking like an absolute dreamboat. Her sultry expression, biting on a cherry, the daisy dukes – indeed, this cover is all kinds of hot. Somewhat tame, yes, but Upton shows us that you don’t need to take it all off in order to be sexy. There is something about leaving things to the imagination. Right?
There is one peculiar thing about his cover, though. It kind of doesn’t look like Kate Upton – really at all. Is that just us? An Upton lookalike, yes, but not the real Upton. Sure, this cover was five years ago, but her other covers from around the same time still look like her. We’re not sure what’s going on here. In any case, Upton looks incredibly hot and some may even say just as hot as her most revealing Sports Illustrated cover yet! Do you agree?
10. Her Provocative GQ Cover
Here we have a very cheeky GQ cover of Kate Upton sucking on a popsicle. Obviously, the sexual connotations here are real. The picture is still very playful and despite the racy undertones, it doesn’t go too far. It may even be able to slap a PG-13 rating on it if such things were to exist for magazines – it’s pretty tame and yet still hot, which is why it is on this list. The accompanying photos in the magazine were also very sexy. You should probably stop what you’re doing and go check them out. The thing about Upton is that she has always managed to have wholesome undertones about her, which probably plays a part in her overall appeal. In any case, consider this. Could this kind of overtly patriotic cover be published today without any backlash given the current political context? Perhaps not. It is an interesting thought, though. Although it may not be publishable today, it was still a milestone in Upton’s career, as it was her first ever GQ cover.
9. A (Basically) Bare Kate Upton
Yes, this isn’t technically a cover, but when you look that hot, how could we not include it? We knew you wouldn’t mind. While this photo of Upton baring it all wasn’t chosen as Esquire‘s cover in 2012, it did accompany the cover. As you will see, Esquire also released a video of Upton slowly cutting her bra off with scissors, too. This picture represents the aftermath of that very good idea. That video got a lot of attention and it is easy to see why. Indeed, Upton has a knack for causing quite a stir with her videos. Cat Daddy, anyone? If you’re out of the loop, we’re talking about the video that surfaced in 2012 of her gyrating (a.k.a. doing the Cat Daddy) while donning a bikini. Before that, there was the Dougie. We can only imagine what is next!
8. Taking It All Off For Muse
This was the second nearly nude cover Kate Upton did at the height of the “Kate Upton craze” back in 2012, this time for the Italian fashion and art magazine, Muse. They had her channel Marilyn Monroe and they definitely picked the right girl to do it. The picture instantly says Monroe. Do you prefer the more arty side of Upton, or do you like it better when she’s donning a bikini for the likes of SI? We have to say, Upton can never really get it wrong. Although this particular fashion magazine jumped on the opportunity to have Upton on her cover, other parts of the fashion industry haven’t been as welcoming toward Upton. In 2012, the casting director of the Victoria’s Secret Show said they would never hire her because: “She’s like a page three girl. She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy” (they would later go on to use a photo of Upton without her permission). Of course, not that anyone actually agrees with her.
7. Kate Donning Her Undergarments For V Magazine
Kate Upton looks absolutely stunning in this cover photo for V Magazine, published back in 2014. Like a class act, even while wearing her undergarments! This is not the first time V Magazine has had Upton take it all off. In 2015, Upton posed in bed while donning a corset, alongside Miranda Kerr and Amber Valletta. The photos were a nod to a famous quote that Christy Turlington made in 1990 about not getting out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. In any case, the photos are well worth a little look (just not at work!). While you’re at it, you might as well check out all of the photos of all three women – they are equally hot – especially the ones of Kerr. Things get a little “cheeky”, if you catch our drift.
6. As Close To “Bare” As You Will Ever See Kate Upton
We have seen Kate Upton pretty scantily clad. It’s her thing. She does it well. Leave her be. But, she won’t go all the way. At least that’s what she said in 2014 (perhaps things have changed). What was her reasoning? In short, the Internet. Upton had this to say: “[W]ith social media and the internet and not-so-great blogs and the attention like that, I don’t think that my pictures would be received in the way that I’d want them to be received,” she continued. “That’s why I’ve stayed away from them. I really appreciate those photos and I think those women are beautiful, but I think social media and the Internet has prevented me from putting myself out there like that.” The internet is obviously a hotbed for trolls, so we completely understand her reasoning. Not that we are happy about it, though! In any case, this isn’t a cover, but Upton looks hot AF in it and we had to include it. You will forgive us, right?
5. Scissoring For Esquire
Kate Upton scissoring? Indeed. Now, Upton may be wearing more in this 2012 Esquire cover than in her most recent SI cover, but there is a lot of sex appeal going on in this picture. Upton looks good. She has bedroom eyes and bedroom hair. Basically bedroom everything. On top of that (dare we say it) the “underboob” is always a hit and just as you’d expect from Upton, she does it all too well. Plus, she’s beside Jon Hamm. The accompanying teaser video for this cover (that obviously went viral), where Upton proceeds to slowly snip away at her bra will have you saying: I love you, Kate. Upton takes it all off in the accompanying photos for this particular cover as well and they are obviously well worth a gander if you’re into that kind of thing.
4. Her Very First SI Cover (2012)
How could Kate Upton’s first-ever Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover not make the list? Obviously, the photo was going to be all kinds of sexy. Upton is donning a teeny-tiny, barely-there, string bikini. Do we need to say more? It completely embodies the classic pin-up girl. Upton clearly does the blonde bombshell on a beach thing all too well. In fact, this is the cover that Upton herself credits with launching her career (let’s not forget your famous Dougie video, though, Kate). It was only five years ago that she was dreaming about it and was able to make it a reality. Five years later and she is proving that she can still light the world up with her classic, American girl charm. Since then, she has had a lot more covers and appeared in a pretty big Hollywood rom-com, 2014’s The Other Woman. Not only does she have all eyes on her with her SI covers, but she will be lighting up the big screen in 2017 with more movies in the works.
3. SMOKESHOW For Glitter Magazine
We’re going to go ahead and say it. We think this cover for Glitter magazine (Japan) is hotter than her most recent SI Swimsuit cover. It is also on par with the sexiest cover of them all, where Upton is wearing the white lace bikini (see above). If you still don’t know what we’re talking about, well, where have you been? It was basically one of the most noteworthy events of last week. We don’t want to say you must have been living under a rock, but, yeah, you must have been living under a rock. Here’s a rundown: Kate Upton lands third SI cover, everyone on the Internet stops to ogle. In any case, back to her Glitter cover. Upton is an easy ten in this picture. Look at those curves. Look at her stunning eyes. Her milkshake is definitely bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard.
2. Her SI 50th Anniversary Flip-Side Cover
This was technically Kate Upton’s third (yes, third!) Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover (the back cover, sure, but does it really matter?). We will take Upton any way we can get her: front, back, upside down, you name it. Doesn’t she look like an absolute babe in this picture?! Upton is just oozing appeal. Even though it was the flip cover, we think it’s just as hot as her current SI covers. It’s classic pin-up girl stuff.
While Elle MacPherson currently holds the title for having the most SI covers (five of them), Upton is quickly catching up. Upton does currently hold the title of being the first model to have three front covers, though.
If you recall, this 50th-anniversary cover, the one we’re talking about here, made quite a splash back in 2014, putting not one hottie but three hotties on the cover: Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal (Leonardo DiCaprio’s current girlfriend).
1. Her Antarctica SI Cover (2013)
It is clear why this picture is hot AF. While Kate Upton’s most recent SI covers are obviously very steamy, this one easily rivals them and you can probably see why. Upton looks cute as can be under that fuzzy, warm hood, but one glance southward and things quickly heat up. Funny that this cover was shot in Antarctica where the highest average is -49F! Upton could only stay in a bikini for a minute before her team had to come and cover her with blankets. While Upton made history with this cover by appearing on an SI cover two years in a row – a title only held by a few models prior – she almost got frostbite during the shoot. When she got back, she was losing her hearing and eyesight because her body was trying so hard to stay warm. Thank goodness, for our sake, that she went through with it.