Kate Upton covers the 2017 ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue


The 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl was finally revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday.

This year, the honor goes to Kate Upton! She joins the illustrious list of models who have covered the famous issue, which includes names like Kathy Ireland, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Elle McPherson, and Brooklyn Decker.

This will be Upton’s third time fronting the Swimsuit Issue, and she told Kimmel the magazine didn’t let her know she would be the 2017 cover model until just a day before the big announcement.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1964 Issue

The first issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue actually debuted in 1955 and featured Betty di Bugnano in a one-piece swimsuit. The issue did not sell well and SI put their next issue on hold until 1964 when they debuted the first cover featuring a white bikini. The issue is credited with making the bikini a serious piece of apparel.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1975 Issue

Model Cheryl Tiegs graced the cover in the 1975 issue. This was Cheryl’s second of three covers (1970, 1975, 1983 and was shot in Cancun, Mexico.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1981 Issue

Shot in Panama City, Florida by photographer John Zimmerman, Christie Brinkley is wearing an artfully tattered suit by Liz Bruce ($58) This cover was Christie’s third and final cover.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1983 Issue

Stunning in a white, lace, polyester-cotton-lycra suit by Monika Tilley for Elon ($58). This issue was shot in Jamaica  and featured women canoeing and riding horseback in bikini’s.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1987 Issue

Shot in the Dominican Republic, model Elle Macpherson tight blue one piece with rhinestone embellishments. This cover was Elle’s second of three covers in a row (1986,1987,1988).

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1988 Issue

Elle’s third and final cover issues, Elle is featured in Thailand in a tight spandex one-peice. Elle looks absolutely stunning.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1989 Issue

When model Kathy Ireland graced the 1989 cover of Sports Illustrated for their 25th Anniversary Issue, the model featured in a tiny yellow bandeau bikini could have never guessed that this issue would be the highest selling issue to date. 

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1994 Issue

The 90’s ushered in a new type of model and a new faces to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition but before SI could close that chapter, they featured iconic models Katy Ireland, Elle Macpherson and Rachel Hunter sitting poolside in the 1994 issue. Macpherson and Ireland were featured on multiple issues but this was Hunter’s first and only cover.

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Tyra Banks became the first African American supermodel to appear on the cover of Sport Illustrated.

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Tyra Banks appeared on the cover of Sport Illustrated again following her groundbreaking cover the year before.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1998 Issue

Supermodel Heidi Klum appears on the 1998 swimsuit issue wearing a black and white crocheted bathing suit with the title “Heidi Klum, stradles the equator.”

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 1999 Issue

Covergirl Rebecca Romijn-Stamos appears in a metallic, mesh bikini designed by Rachel Simon Eve France Design ($800). The blonde bombshell is stunning in this barely-there bikini.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2003 Issue

The 2000’s meant more skin and smaller suits, the sexy 2003 cover featuring Petra NÄ›mcová was shot one year before NÄ›mcová suffered major injuries after the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand.

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Some of the best cover girls of all time appear on the 2000 Sports Illustrated edition.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2007 Issue

Singer Beyonce became the first non-model and non-athelete to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated in their “music edition”. 

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2008 Issue

Supermodel Marisa Miller was featured in the “Barely Bikini’s” issue in 2008. The model was photographed wearing a string bikini bottom and layered necklaces.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2009 Issue

Bar Rafaeli appeared on the 2009 cover of Sports Illustrated becoming the first Israeli model to appear in the magazine, posing with rock band Aerosmith.

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2010 Issue

Decker was chosen cover girl for the 2010 edition, shot on location in the Maldives islands. The blonde beauty labeled a

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 Issue

Model Irena Shaykhlislamova from Russia appeared in SI from

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 Issue

When Kate Upton appeared on the 2012 cover of Sports Illustrated she was 19-years-old.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013 Issue

Model Kate Upton surprised everyone when it was announced that she was the covergirl for 2013

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“They’re very difficult to read,” she said with a laugh. “They just completely ghost you…They finally gave me a call yesterday.”

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Inside the pages of this year’s issue, fans will also find photospreads of Teigen, Christie Brinkley, Bianca Balti, Nina Agdal and Hannah Davis Jeter, as well as Olympic gold medal gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman.

“I’ve been wanting to do SI swim for years,” Raisman, 22, told ET of appearing in the issue. “I love how they feature beautiful women from all over the world and celebrate how all women are special and unique in their own way.”

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Jeter, 26, stunned in her photo shoot just weeks after learning she was pregnant with her and husband Derek Jeter’s first child. Meanwhile, Teigen, 31, posed only six months after giving birth to her first child, Luna, with husband John Legend.

Brinkley, 63, returned to the magazine this year to pose with her two adult daughters — Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.

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In an Instagram post, the legendary model thanked the magazine for “sending a powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!”

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits stands Wednesday.

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