Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2012 [PHOTOS]

Nineteen-year-old model Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

But as per tradition, the rest of the models were kept under wraps until Monday night’s Late Show with David Letterman, when ten of the 21 chosen women graced the stage to present Letterman’s Top Ten: “Top Ten Reasons This Year’s ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue Is The Best One Ever.”

The cover was originally scheduled to be revealed on Monday, February 13 night on “Late Show With David Letterman”, but Boston sports blog Barstool Sports leaked it early. After it became a buzz, founder David Portnoy tweeted, “Wait did we just leak the Kate Upton SI cover? We’re so good we leak shit and don’t even know.” 

Upton herself has talked about the cover shot, revealing in an interview with People that it was among the first taken during the photo shoot in Sydney, Australia. The Victoria’s Secret model further gushed about gracing the cover, “This means so much for me personally. This has always been my dream.”

Of the photo shoot itself, the Florida-bred model said, “In the beginning you’re pretty relaxed, you’re not thinking of new poses and it just feels really natural at that point.” She added, “At Sports Illustrated everyone’s so nice and it’s like a family, you don’t really think too much into it. I just have a lot of fun and be myself. It just comes so naturally.”