KATE Upton admits her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover was the “hardest shoot” she has ever done — because she was so cold.
Upton says she hating the freezing cold temperatures in the Antarctica.
“It was definitely the hardest shoot I’ve ever done,” Upton, 20, told People magazine.
“The best as well — Antarctica is one of the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. But I’m from Florida, so it was pretty painful.”
The shot earned Upton her second consecutive SI cover, a distinction not seen since Tyra Banks covered back-to-back issues in 1996 and 1997.
“Everything about the picture is perfect,” said Swimsuit Issue editor MJ Day.
“The light, the background, the suit. It’s different from what we’ve done in past years, and it was an exciting moment for us to have those photos work out.
“It was difficult. First of all, it’s cold, even though we were there in summer. The windchill was sub-zero – the elements are really working against you.” As the crew dealt with a whole host issues – batteries dying in the cold, crazy weather rolling in and out – Upton was a total pro, Day says. “She never complained. She’d just say, ‘Okay, let’s go do it again.’”
Day says this shoot was three years in the making — Upton was the only model taken to the faraway locale.
“I knew that if I needed to bury someone in clothing, I needed her physique and curves to come through,” Day explains. “So to bring her was obvious: I knew I could put a one-piece on her and she wouldn’t look flat, she’d still look voluptuous and healthy and shapely and sexy.”
“It was an accomplishment just to get through the shoot,” Kate says. “I didn’t even think about the possibility of being the cover until after I thawed out a bit! But now it’s like, wow – I actually went down there and was able to accomplish that. I’m part of history, and it’s a great feeling.”
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