After weeks of speculation, the rumors were right – Kate Upton IS Sports Illustrated’s latest Swimsuit Issue cover girl!
Upton, a blonde Midwesterner,Â was a rumored favorite for the cover, which has a history of launching swimsuit models to superstardom (Brooklyn Decker, anyone?).
The cover shot, which has been leaked today but will officially debut this evening on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” shows Upton in a barely-there string bikini, doingÂ our favorite “armpit pose.”
It’s a huge score for the Michigan native, previously the face of Guess Lingerie and a covergirl forCosmopolitan Bride. The 19-year-old was rumored the favorite,Â Page Six previously reported, because of her “blond, all-American looks” (a clear shift from last year’s cover girl, Russian beautyÂ Irina Shayk).
The one Sports Illustrated issue I’ll actually look at!
PS: Is it just me, or does her nether region look really freaking weird. It’s like it’s GONE. That’s the smallest bikini bottom I’ve ever seen!