Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Winter 2013 [Photos]

Kate Upton has been busy standing still for Vogue Italia, defending her body, being the face of Accessorize jewelry and filming non-kissy Super Bowl commercials, but was completely happy to return to her Sports Illustrated roots for a second swimsuit issue cover.

Okay, maybe not as happy as last year, considering they sent her to Antarctica instead of sunny Australia.

In a Today Show interview, 20-year-old Upton said the location in general was beautiful but the shoot “wasn’t great” because she’s from Florida and had probably only previously seen ice and snow in Scholastic pop-up books. “When I came back I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm. I was thinking warm thoughts,” she told Matt Lauer on Feb 12. 

Homegirl almost went deaf in the name of bedside lube! I wonder what underachieving, non-covergirls/recycled bikini models of yesteryear Adaora Akubil (Namibia), Jessica Perez (Chile), and [former Adam Levine girlfriend] Anne V (China) have to say for themselves?

[Note the use of bouncy track and field internet sensation Michelle Jenneke and two members of the Dutch field hockey team. Exploitation at its most brilliant, and airbrushed.]

Read: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Goes to 7 Continents, Finds Exotic People to Use as Props

Read: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Winter 2012 [Photos]

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