For the third time, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue granted the front page to Kate Upton.
After being titled Rookie of the Year in 2011, Kate Upton claimed two covers in 2012 and 2013. This year’s magazine edition touches on the subjects of body diversity and age inclusion. And for SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day and Kate, those issues are very important.
The modelling comeback offered to Kate clearly made her very excited. The model said, “Especially when this year’s theme is about every woman of every age and every body type being accepted. It was inspiring to be asked to be a part of that issue.”
To revel in the history-making distinction, Kate poses on three different covers. And last Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel unveiled them on his late-night show.
“We didn’t start off with the idea of three covers, regardless of who was on the cover. But when Kate was actually shooting, we were trying so many different looks on her and each photo was coming back just as great as the next,” revealed by the magazine editor.
Day added, “It’s a full circle moment for us. We started Kate in her career, and you know, we watched her grow and become not only this worldwide, superstar phenomenon; she changed the direction of the modeling industry.”
In the Valentine’s Day episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host presented this year’s Swimsuit Issue featuring Kate.
Kimmel teased, “Is that really a swimsuit that you’re wearing? Because it seems just like a hammock that got torn to bits.”
“I’m pretty sure it’s just a rope. It’s apparently Sports Illustrated nude magazine,” replied the laughing model.
Recently, her acting career has been the actress-model’s focus. However, she could not turn down the opportunity presented to her.
Kate shared, “For me, it was MJ’s passion for having it be this theme and this issue and that’s why I wanted to be a part of this magazine again. Those are the campaigns I want to do and the career I want to have—to inspire women to love themselves.”
“That’s a balance of working hard and eating healthy but also enjoying life and having cheat days and for the emphasis not to be on the ideal perfect body. It makes me proud to be asked back,” shared Kate.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photo shoots this year took women around the world. They posed from the tranquil beaches in Anguilla and Turks and Caicos to a wintry resort in Finland.