Kate Upton is cover model of SI Swimsuit Issue

6:11 AM, Feb 14, 2012   |    comments
  • Model Kate Upton flaunts on the cover "Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue." (AP Photo/Walter Iooss Jr. for Sports Illustrated)
  • Model Kate Upton is revealed as the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover model on the cover image high atop Broadway across from the Ed Sullivan Theater on CBSÕ LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, Feb. 13.
    
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(USA TODAY) - Kate Upton was revealed as cover model of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue during a taping of CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman in New York Monday night.

SI unveiled a billboard of Upton's cover image across from Letterman's Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan.

Photos: Kate Upton Sports Illustrated Cover Girl

The 19-year old Upton and nine other models were scheduled to present the "Top Ten Reasons This Year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Is the Best One Ever" during last night show.

Among other models scheduled to appear on the show were: Julie Henderson, Jessica Gomes, Ariel Meredith, Alyssa Miller, Chrissy Teigen, Genevieve Morton, Izabel Goulart, Jessica Perez and last-year's cover model Irina Shayk.

This year's 2012 SI Swimsuit Issue hitting newsstands, the Web, tablets and iPhones today will feature 18 models and 6 athletes and will be read by an estimated 70 million adults.

Upton joins the list of other SI cover models, including: Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks and Brooklyn Decker. She made her first appearance in SI last year and was named "Rookie of the Year."

The 19-year old Melbourne, Fla. native has been romantically linked in the tabloids to New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez, according to The Big Lead.

She's dabbled in TV work for MSG Network and caused a YouTube sensation by dancing the "Dougie" at a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Upton's personal Web site describes her as the "next great Supermodel." She was a competitive equestrian before modeling

She's joined in this year's issued by three male athletes: Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps; NBA star Chris Paul and tennis star Rafael Nadal.

And three female athletes wearing nothing but bodypaint: Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin; LPGA pro Natalie Gulbis; and U.S. women's soccer star Alex Morgan.

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