Model Kate Upton unveiled her cover of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition atop of the Ed Sullivan Theater while making an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last night (February 11, 2013) in New York City.
Ten Sports Illustrated swimsuit models delivered the list Monday night, and as cover girl, including Kate Upton, who gave the No. 1 answer on David Letterman’s “Top Ten Questions on the Application to Become a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model.”
Upton’s answer: “Where’s the strangest place you’ve found sand?”
“It was definitely the hardest shoot I’ve ever done,” Upton, 20, told People magazine, “The best as well – Antarctica is one of the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. But I’m from Florida, so it was pretty painful.”
It ended up paying off, with a ‘perfect shot’ earning Upton her second consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover – the first model to land the honour since Tyra Banks covered back-to-back issues in 1996 and 1997. “Everything about the picture is perfect,” said Swimsuit Issue editor MJ Day, “The light, the background, the suit. It’s different from what we’ve done in past years, and it was an exciting moment for us to have those photos work out.”
We find it hard to believe Upton wasn’t nailed down for the cover before the shoot, though Day insists her crew didn’t know if they’d get any useable photos. “It was difficult.First of all, it’s cold, even though we were there in summer. The windchill was sub-zero – the elements are really working against you.”