Supermodel Kate Upton is following in the footsteps of Tyra Banks by becoming only the second model in history to land the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover two years in a row. Editor MJ Day explained to People the decision-making behind the cover which was also the first-ever Antarctic fashion shoot.
Day revealed that the shoot had actually been three years in the making because of all the cost and planning required to go to the frozen continent and that when he realized that only one model could make the trip, Upton was the only choice. He said, "I knew that if I needed to bury someone in clothing, I needed her physique and curves to come through. So to bring her was obvious: I knew I could put a one-piece on her and she wouldn't look flat, she'd still look voluptuous and healthy and shapely and sexy."
Upton herself admitted the shoot was the hardest she has ever done but also the best. She told the magazine, "It was an accomplishment just to get through the shoot. I didn't even think about the possibility of being the cover until after I thawed out a bit! But now it's like, wow - I actually went down there and was able to accomplish that. I'm part of history, and it's a great feeling."
Kate also said she found out about landing the cover from her fans on Twitter