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SI Swimsuit Issue 2012: Kate Upton Revealed As Latest Cover Girl

Late Monday night, the cover model for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman. This year, Kate Upton got the honors. Upton also was featured in the 2011 Swimsuit issue.

You can see Upton's cover shot after the jump.

With her appearance front and center this year, Upton joins the likes of Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum and Beyonce.

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(Courtesy Sports Illustrated; photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.)

See more of Kate Upton at SI Swimsuit 2012.

There's much more to check out at the 2012 SI Swimsuit site.

Sports Illustrated first began issuing the Swimsuit Issue back in 1964. The best selling edition was the 25th edition which was released back in 1989 and featured Kathy Ireland on the cover. The concept of the Swimsuit Issue was to fill space in the winter which was typically a slow time in sports.