Traditionally, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model is announced on The Late Show With David Letterman alongside 10 other models, then appears on the show the next night for a formal interview.
But this year the magazine flipped the script a bit, tweeting out the following on Friday:
SI Swimsuit @SI_Swimsuit
POLAR BARE: @KateUpton in Antarctica is your 2013 SI Swimsuit Cover Model! http://t.co/9oL807EI #WhereISwim http://t.co/kK1b1QB32/9/2013, 12:00:57 AM
Still, tradition held and Upton appeared with nine other models to do Letterman's "Top 10" on Monday evening. You can see more photos from a variety of models here.
As you might expect, Twitter has been buzzing with the news that Upton will appear on the cover for the second straight year. But before we get to that, let's take a look at a few of the lovely models joining Upton backstage at Late Night last night:
Kate Upton @KateUpton
Letterman!! @SI_Swimsuit @chrissyteigen @hanni_davis @_katherinewebb http://t.co/pWKaZ16y2/11/2013, 8:20:00 PM
There is too much beautiful happening all at once there. I have temporary sensory overload.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports tweeted a sneak peak of Katherine Webb showcasing her dual-rooting allegiances in the sexiest way possible:
Yahoo Sports @YahooSports
.@_KatherineWebb posed for an @SInow @SI_Swimsuit issue wearing a split Auburn-Bama half jersey: http://t.co/FXS0tde0 http://t.co/2uvedrSI2/11/2013, 11:50:57 PM
If there is one thing that could unite Alabama and Auburn fans, it's that picture.
But back to Upton. She appeared on the Today show Tuesday morning, and Matt Lauer apparently had a few things to say about the photo shoot in Antarctica. This was his most memorable line:
"There's a reason they don't shoot men's swimsuit issues in Antarctica." -@MLauer to @KateUpton2/12/2013, 12:51:51 PM
I laughed. Beyond that, no comment.
Speaking of Antarctica, writer Steve Rushin was apparently there with Upton and penned the article about the experience for Sports Illustrated. He even joined the photo shoot!
Steve Rushin @SteveRushin
So I went to Antarctica with @KateUpton and a lot of other nice people. Story is in the SI Swimsuit Issue. Me, cold: http://t.co/0upfBJLJ2/12/2013, 2:45:53 PM
Okay, okay, so he didn't really join the photo shoot. Sorry, Steve. This photo isn't quite as sexy as Upton's cover.
As a fellow writer, I'm sure your words are sexy, Steve. Or something like that.
Next we turn to Darren Rovell of ESPN, who of course has the business side—and one very misguided agent—of Upton's cover, um, covered.
Darren Rovell @darrenrovell
Wouldn’t want to be @kateupton’s 1st agent who told her a couple years ago she was too young to do Sports Illustrated.2/9/2013, 12:32:41 AM
Apparently, that agent's great-grandfather also traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. Okay, I can't verify that, but you get the point.
Finally, what would a Twitter roundup be without a humble brag or two? We have Upton to thank for that, and Guyism's World of Isaac to thank for pointing it out:
Qualifies as #humblebrag MT @KateUpton: OMG! I just walked into a store and saw this...Love it! http://t.co/hVCOVQrG2/12/2013, 2:43:50 PM
That seems like a fitting note to say goodbye on. Then again, chances are after seeing enough pictures of Upton and the other models in this article, you didn't even make it to the bottom and bought yourself the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition instead.
Who could blame you?