Kate Upton Lands Third SI Swimsuit Issue Cover

Kate Upton is back and looking fabulous as the model is gracing the cover of 2017's Sports Illustrated not once, but three times!

According to Page Six, the magazine intended for this year's diversity theme to be sprawled across three covers: one featuring Upton, one featuring 63-year-old model Christie Brinkley, and one featuring tennis champion Serena Williams. However, Upton says this issue is special to her because of the inclusion of women with varying body types.

Back in 2012 before landing her first cover, Kate opened up to the magazine about her aspirations of landing the coveted cover.

And despite the word "swimsuit" in the title, you won't see much swimwear on these covers.

Featured twice in this year's edition, the model visited both Sumba Island, off the coast of Indonesia, and Finland where she wore a bikini in the snow for one week straight.

Kate Upton appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2017 wearing half a bikini.

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"They're very hard to read", the 24-year-old supermodel said with a laugh.

Upton has quickly risen through the ranks to become a supermodel and has earned her spot alongside icons like Heidi Klum, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson as a member of a 22-person SI Swimsuit legends class.

"I think it's just a rope", the model responded laughing.

You could easily call Upton the queen of Sports Illustrated - her appearance in the 2011 edition as Rookie of the Year seriously bolstered her career, and she's been known for this and her subsequent shoots since. Yes, McGrady looks huge in her images - and by that, I mean she looks magnificent, regal, gorgeous, powerful, and most importantly, intentionally large within the frame.

Threaded through her eye-popping cleavage, around her waist and under her nether-regions, we imagine the skimpy look would leave tan lines from hell.

  • Michelle Webb