If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover that catapulted the voluptuous Kate Upton to serious star status — fashion magazine covers! Haute couture pictorials! Super Bowl Commercials! — may have gotten an equally risque follow-up, according to a leaked photograph. Upton appears on the 2013 cover clad counterintuitively in a bikini and a fur-lined parka and displaying some serious cleavage, as though every frat boy’s fantasy is a shivering (albeit smoking hot), stupidly-dressed polar bear enthusiast. The image was undoubtedly taken during her Arctic photoshoot in December — though we can’t help but wonder: what happened to the Oreo?
If the rumor is true, then Kate is just as surprised as the rest of us. At least that’s what she told The Cut earlier this month:
“I find out with everyone else. Nobody ever believes me when I say that, and it’s 100 percent the truth. Trust me, I complain all the time. I feel like I should get a little hint, like a preview or something, but even last year when I got the cover, I found out on David Letterman like the rest of the world.”
We wonder what weird situation the editors of SI have in store for Kate if she makes next year’s cover. But we don’t doubt that she’ll pull it off perfectly.
UPDATE: We were right! SI confirmed via Twitter and on their website that Kate is indeed this year’s cover girl.