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Kate Upton lands her first US Vogue cover – channels Marilyn Monroe?

Kate Upton finally lands her first American Vogue cover! She’s been on the cover of many international Vogue’s, but hasn’t landed the American version until now!

Kate is the covergirl for the June issue, and I think the pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS. The photos were done by Mario Testino, and she’s never looked better. Here is some of the interview, you can read the full thing here :

The Upton legend begins on YouTube. She broke out in 2011, dancing to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie” in footage shot by a friend at a Clippers game—her appeal a mix of blonde bombshell and homespun girl next door. (The video has two million views and counting.) A subsequent clip was more risqué: Upton dancing the Cat Daddy in a skimpy bikini for Terry Richardson—and yet here, too, she’s goofy, disarming, improbably wholesome (that video has nearly sixteen million hits). Meanwhile she’s a regular on Twitter (more than 900,000 followers), and was an early adopter of the video-sharing app Vine.

“It’s just me sharing my life,” she says about tweeting. “I like it if it’s authentic and in the moment and happening.” Growing up, she adds, “I didn’t buy the magazines that had models on the covers, because I didn’t know them. So I think this kind of gives me, as a model, a personality that people can connect with.” It seems to be working. In 2012, she was the fourth-most-popular search on Yahoo—just behind Election, iPhone5, and Kim Kardashian.

What makes the Kate Upton era so unlikely is that the things we love about her—those curves! that personality!—defy what the word model has come to mean, at least on the runway: a seemingly endless procession of lanky, expressionless wraiths. That is most certainly not Upton’s profile. (Descriptions of her figure tend to involve euphemisms for a single word: breasts.) And yet Upton’s body has sparked debate. This year’s Sports Illustrated cover—a shot of her in Antarctica, parka open to reveal a stunning breadth of cleavage—set off a fresh round of “Is she fat?” conversations across the Internet.

“It was hard at first,” she admits of hearing such rumblings. “You sit there and you’re like ‘Is something wrong with me?’ ” But she’s learned to ignore her critics—and come to regard her healthy body as a point of pride. “The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”

She TOTALLY looks like Marilyn Monroe, doesn’t she? She’s so gorgeous! She has the same curves, the same appeal.

FIVE MORE PICTURES OF KATE IN VOGUE AFTER THE JUMP! (HOT!) More »

Kate Upton got frostbite during her Sports Illustrated shoot, but it was worth it.

Kate Upton landed her second consecutive Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition cover, and if you ask me, the girl looks hot. She gets a lot of crap for her curves, I’ve even heard people refer to her as plus-sized. It’s ridiculous. She is healthy, and beautiful, and rockin the curves the good Lord (or plastic surgeon) gave her!

Sports Illustrated has released another picture from the shoot, and Kate is speaking out about what it was like doing a bikini shoot in Antarctica. It’s not photoshopped – she actually WAS in Antarctica.

Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover is very hot – but during her photo shoot in Antarctica, all the model could think about was the freezing cold.

“It was definitely the hardest shoot I’ve ever done,” Upton, 20, tells PEOPLE. “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 pain paid off, however: the perfect 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,” Swimsuit Issue editor MJ Day tells PEOPLE. “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.”

Exciting, because Day and her crew didn’t know if they’d get any usable photos out of their Antarctica shoot – the first-ever fashion shoot on the continent.

“It was difficult,” Day admits. “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.’”

Because of costs and the planning required to go to Antarctica – 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.”

Upton’s now-infamous Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber coat, paired with white Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha bottoms, was an afterthought. “I figured, why not a coat?” Day says. “We threw it on, took maybe 100 frames, then moved on. Then that night, the photographer and I were looking at photos, and he said, ‘I don’t know, could this be it?’ It just had that energy.”

The only downside of the whole experience was the fact that the cover leaked on Friday, four days before it was supposed to be revealed. “I didn’t get to tell Kate she was the cover, which was kind of sad,” Day says. “I wanted to see the look on her face when she found out.”

In fact, Upton found out from fans, via Twitter. But despite the early reveal, she’s still beyond excited about the feat.

“It was an accomplishment just to get through the shoot,” she 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.”

What do you think of her cover?

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LEAKED PHOTO: Kate Upton is Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Cover Girl 2013 for the second consecutive year!

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover is finally out – and Kate Upton is the cover girl for the second year in a row!

Kate’s 2012 cover was one of the biggest selling issues of all time. The magazine won’t be released for another week, but someone has leaked the image online.

It’s a bit of a surprise, given that Upton had her moment in the sun and has since catapulted to more high fashion heights (Vogue, Vogue Italia, V Magazine). There had been speculation that the 2013 Sports Illustrated cover model might be Hannah Davis, girlfriend of Derek Jeter, but looks like those rumors now appear to be false.

In the leaked pic, Upton poses for Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue wearing a furry parka and white bikini bottoms, a photo presumably taken on her Antarctica shoot. If you’ll recall, Kate was seen on a photo shoot in Antarctica wearing nothing but a swimsuit while cozying up to a man dressed in an Oreo costume.

She deserves it…. good for her!

See her 2012 cover (where she’s wearing much, much less)

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