Meet Kate Upton: 2012 Sports Illustrated cover girl

World | | February 14, 2012, 6:31 pm
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Kate looks stunning in the tiny red and brown, sparkle-covered string bikini with a view of the waters of Australia behind her. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate looks stunning in the tiny red and brown, sparkle-covered string bikini with a view of the waters of Australia behind her. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate said the bikini made her feel sexy and confident.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate said the bikini made her feel sexy and confident. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Upton was born in Michigan, but raised in Florida. Her hometown is Melbourne, on Florida's east coast. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Upton was born in Michigan, but raised in Florida. Her hometown is Melbourne, on Florida's east coast. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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The 2012 magazine cover is her second time appearing in the annual SI issue. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

The 2012 magazine cover is her second time appearing in the annual SI issue. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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This is equivalent of the Super Bowl for the models. Great going Kate! (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

This is equivalent of the Super Bowl for the models. Great going Kate! (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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A huge perk of the job as the official swimsuit model is visiting lovely beaches, including shoots for the magazine in Sydney and Cairns, Australia, and Apalachicola, Florida. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

A huge perk of the job as the official swimsuit model is visiting lovely beaches, including shoots for the magazine in Sydney and Cairns, Australia, and Apalachicola, Florida. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate follows a healthy lifestyle to maintain her perfect figure. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate follows a healthy lifestyle to maintain her perfect figure. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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A healthy lifestyle for Kate includes working out regularly with a personal trainer. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

A healthy lifestyle for Kate includes working out regularly with a personal trainer. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Watching what she eats also forms priority for Kate Upton.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Watching what she eats also forms priority for Kate Upton. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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However, according to Kate, there's no special diet to prepare for a bikini shoot. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

However, according to Kate, there's no special diet to prepare for a bikini shoot. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate Upton admits to splurging on the occasional ice cream or plate of fries. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate Upton admits to splurging on the occasional ice cream or plate of fries. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Christie Brinkley and Elle Macpherson are among the now celebrity models who previously had the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover gig. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Christie Brinkley and Elle Macpherson are among the now celebrity models who previously had the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover gig. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Thanks to her high profile campaigns for Guess and Victoria's Secret, Kate has a large number of admirers.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Thanks to her high profile campaigns for Guess and Victoria's Secret, Kate has a large number of admirers. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate Upton was signed by Elite Model Management in 2008. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate Upton was signed by Elite Model Management in 2008. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Upton has debuted on silver screen as well this year, in Tower Heist with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Upton has debuted on silver screen as well this year, in Tower Heist with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate Upton is known for her awesome curves.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate Upton is known for her awesome curves. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate Upton looks stunning in black.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate Upton looks stunning in black. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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In past few years, Kate has been associated with some high-profile brand names. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

In past few years, Kate has been associated with some high-profile brand names. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Let's wait and watch, what else she has in store.  (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Let's wait and watch, what else she has in store. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

Kate Upton is on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. (Picture: Kate Upton's official website)

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19-year-old model Kate Upton is a  Florida girl who's comfortable in a bikini

19-year-old model Kate Upton is a Florida girl who's comfortable in a bikini