This year’s Sport Illustrated swimsuit issue will feature a familiar face on the cover – that of Texas-born model Kate Upton.
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Kate Upton, a 19-year-old model from St. Joseph, Mich., is the first woman of color to land the cover of the coveted annual issue in 16 years. The news was announced on Tuesday by the magazine. Ms. Upton will appear on one of four different covers for the issue, which hits newsstands on Feb. 14.
Early Life and Career
Kate Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, in 1992. She was raised on a horse farm and began riding at a young age. Upton always wanted to be a model and began modeling as a teenager. She was soon signed by an agency in New York City.
Upton’s first big break came when she was featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She landed the cover of the issue in 2012, becoming only the third model to ever do so. Upton has since gone on to become one of the most sought-after models in the world. She has graced the cover of magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair and has appeared in ad campaigns for major brands like Calvin Klein and Guess.
Victoria’s Secret and Other Work
Hunter McGrady is an American model and actress. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Sports Illustrated, among others. In 2017, she was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in the field of art and style.
McGrady began modeling at the age of 15 after being scouted at a shopping mall. She has worked for such brands as Forever 21, Red Carter Swimwear, agents of joy, and Lane Bryant. In 2016, she was signed by Wilhelmina International Inc. She has appeared in editorials for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle UK, and Maxim. McGrady has also graced the covers of L’Officiel USA (December 2017), maxim (June/July 2018), and Glamour US (September 2018). In May 2018 Victoria’s Secret announced that she would be joining their “Angels” modeling group.
In 2017 she insisted on being called a “curve model” instead of a “plus-size model”, telling Glamour: “The word ‘plus-size’ should not even be in our vocabulary—it doesn’t exist”.
Sports Illustrated Cover
Supermodel Kate Upton has landed the cover of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second time in a row.
The Blonde bombshell, who is originally from Texas, graces the front of the magazine wearing nothing but a pair of white bikini bottoms, with her bronzed back and arms on full display.
Upton, 22, took to Twitter to share her excitement at being given the honor for a second time, writing: ‘So thrilled to be back on the @SI_Swimsuit cover!! Thank you so much!!!’
Along with her striking cover image, Upton also appears in a number of other skimpy swimsuits in the pages of the issue.
Born in Texas, Johnson is of African-American and Native American descent. She was discovered at a Houston Texans football game at the age of 12, and subsequently signed with APM Models. As a model, she has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and Time. She has also appeared in campaigns for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein. In addition to modeling, Johnson has also acted in films and television shows such as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Ballers (2015), and Baywatch (2017).
The world’s most beautiful women, Texas supermodel Carolyn Murphy has landed the cover of the coveted annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The 34-year-old mother of two poses in a skimpy yellow bikini on the beach in South Beach, Florida in the just released issue.