Kate Upton & 10 Other Celebrities On Sports Illustrated Covers

Kate Upton is on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue yet again, but her photo shoot for the cover wasn’t quite as fun as the one for last year’s cover.

The model, the camera crew, and the magazine’s editors made their way all the way to Antarctica to capture the perfect picture for the publication. 20-year-old Upton, who wears nothing but a white bikini bottom and an unzipped white parka on the cover, had to brave subzero temperatures on the continent for her role as the cover girl. Upton even faced frostbite and hypothermia for the shoot. She admitted, “When I came back, I was losing my hearing and eyesight. My body was shutting down because it was working so hard to keep me warm.”

Upton enjoyed the experience nonetheless. She calls Antarctica “one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.” Sports Illustrated editors were happy with the results too, gushing, “everything about the picture is perfect.” Plus, they gave Upton plenty of praise for not being a “whiny model!”

To see Kate Upton’s cover and more photos from her shoot, check out Be Voguish!

Kate Upton may have faced tough conditions during her shoot, but she’s not the only star to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Whether it was for the swimsuit issue or for any other issue throughout the year, check out 10 other stars who’ve covered the magazine!


Beyoncé covered the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in 2007. With the year she’s having already, we’re surprised she didn’t get to be on the cover again in 2013!



Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum may be better known as a producer, TV show host, and fashion designer now, but she started out as a model. She was featured on the cover of the 1998 swimsuit issue.



Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks was the last model to do what Kate Upton did – she scored consecutive covers back in the 90s. Banks was the cover girl for the swimsuit issue in both 1996 and 1997.



Rebecca Romijn

Rebecca Romijn also modeled before she transitioned into her acting career. She was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in both 1999 and 2002.



Shirley MacLaine

You probably weren’t expecting to see her name on the list, but Shirley MacLaine covered Sports Illustrated in July 1964 to promote one of her films.



Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger was the cover star of a December 1987 issue. His photograph was featured alongside the caption “Hot Stuff.”



Chris Rock

Chris Rock was featured on a December 2000 issue of Sports Illustrated. He wore a Los Angeles Dodgers hat and posed with two large foam fingers.



Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale

Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale both covered a December 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated. They were promoting their film The Fighter, which the magazine called one of the best sports movies of the decade.



Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt was on the cover of an issue of the magazine in September 2011. He was promoting his film Moneyball at the time.