When it comes to Kate Upton, former Sports Illustrated cover girl Carol Alt doesn’t get all the fuss. Alt, who covered the famed 1982 issue, believes that the abundance of attention surrounding the 21-year-old model is a result of social media.
“What I don’t understand with Kate is, what’s all the hullaballoo?” Alt told HuffPost Live Tuesday. “There are many covers of Sports Illustrated—one girl was just wearing a bottom and [no top]. Actually, a couple times no top and one time just beads. I think that was Marisa [Miller, in 2008].”
“I don’t get what all the hullabaloo is,” Alt said of Upton. “I think what it is, is that in this moment there’s just so much social media and that’s why she’s had more word of mouth than anybody.
Upton covered the magazine in both 2012 and 2013. And while Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen are featured on this year’s cover, Upton snagged the magazine’s first ever flip-side cover. People also can’t stop buzzing about her zero gravity photo shoot for the magazine’s 50th Swimsuit issue. Upton may have defied gravity, but to Alt, she is just another pretty face.
“I like Kate, she’s a pretty girl,” she continued. “But all the girls are nice, and all the girls are pretty. Every cover, to me, deserves to be talked about.”
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