This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the magazine's 2013 Swimsuit Edition featuring Kate Upton, which will launch across multiple platforms on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.
Melbourne, FL (Florida Today) -- Kate Upton sure can work a bikini -- so much so that she's landed the
coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue two years in a
Clad in just a pair of skimpy white
bikini bottoms and a fur-lined hooded parka, the bombshell blonde
strikes a sexy pose against an icy-capped Antarctic background for the
2013 cover shot.
The headline? Polar Bare. The company,
who had hoped to announce the cover on the Late Show With DavidLetterman, made the reveal via a Twitter post after the cover image was
"We can finally talk about Antarctica!!!!!...Took us 2 months to thaw out," Upton tweeted after the reveal.
Upton, 20, once attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida.
joins a short list of models who have appeared on the cover multiple
years in a row including Christie Brinkley (1979, 1980 and 1981) and
Elle MacPherson (1986, 1987 and 1988).
Last year, Upton
graced her first cover of the magazine's swimsuit issue, and in 2011 she
was named Rookie of the Year for her first appearance inside the
magazine (which also included an inset photo on the cover). The
5-foot-10 Upton was born in Michigan but raised in Florida.