Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kate Upton is the "Sports Illustrated" cover model

Kate Upton is the

Kate Upton the buxom swimsuit model who vaulted to fame the first time she landed on the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, is back for a return engagement on this year's issue, posing braless in a bikini bottom and short jacket.

She's a regular model on the SLINK Jeans website and you may have seen on various retailer's websites, serving up curves for days. "They were very hard to read", she told Kimmel. "They just don't ever talk to you at all.And then they finally gave me a call yesterday".

Thrust into the spotlight past year when she landed one of three covers (alongside Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey) Hailey Clauson is back for her third appearance in the annual issue.

"One cover shows her topless with her bottom half clad in a lot of necklaces".

"To have an issue that focuses on that is really an fantastic moment for me because I think it's important for everyone to be the best they can be", she told Sports Illustrated.

This goes down as the 24-year-old's fifth appearance on an SI swimsuit cover!

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In case you are wondering, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition started in 1964 with cover model Babette March.

Upton got involved with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Services via her sister, Christie Williams, who works with the shelter.

Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman make their SI Swimsuit debut in the 2017 issue. "I'm not a size 2 and it's OK to look good, feel good, and I'm strong".

"To have an issue that focuses on that is really an unbelievable moment for me, because I think it's important for everyone to be the best they can be, but not to strive to be a company or industry's idea of ideal", Kate said. Her favorite bathing suit?

The new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is out now. Hannah Jeter will appear for a fifth time. At 63, the all-American blonde appears alongside her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.

Hunter is competing against models McKenna Berkley, Anne de Paula and Lisa Marie Jafta to be included in the 2018 swimsuit edition's rookie class.

"This is a surreal moment for me", McGrady wrote on Instagram when sharing the news.

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