Last night on ABC’s JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, American model Kate Upton (IMG) was announced as this year`s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl.
The 24-year-old Kate returns for the third time as the annual swimsuit edition embraces body and age diversity.
The theme of this year’s edition is diversity, with the tagline: “Every body, Every age, Every beautiful.”
Kate previously covered the issue in 2012 and 2013. The current record holder for most amount of cover appearances is Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson, who has been on the cover five times.
“I was very excited when [SI Swimsuit editor] MJ [Day] asked me to be back in the issue,” Kate said about her return. “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.”
“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,” Kate added. “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.”
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