Archive: Sports Illustrated

Kate Upton by Mario Testino For UK Vogue June 2014

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Happy Friday! How about a little Kate Upton in a bikini to start your weekend?  The woman is gorgeous, if I stare long enough will my body morph into hers?

Have any of you checked out her new movie, The Other Woman? Jocelyn and I saw it last week and were surprised how funny it was. There were quite a few times we ended up doubled over in laughter. If you haven’t see it add to the list this weekend!

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Check out more photos at the source. Or if you want to see the life of a supermodel on location Sports Illustrated behind the scenes video out.

 

Here it is! The real 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover!

Swimsuit: 2014 Issue: Cook Islands Group - Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen Beach/Rarotonga, Cook Islands, New Zealand

Last night on the Jimmy Kimmel show, he unveiled the real 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover (apparently the Barbie cover was just for fun?). Three barely-covered models graced the cover, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen.

Apparently Sports Illustrated doesn’t tell anyone who landed the cover, even the models. We all find out together at the same time. According to People, Chrissy and Lily both talked about their surprise at making the cover.

What was your first reaction when you heard you were on the cover?
Chrissy: I started crying. But it was a weird shaking, trembling because … I didn’t believe it. Maybe because it’s airing on Kimmel and he likes to prank people. I was like, ‘This is the meanest prank of all time.’
Lily: I was so excited when I got the call to do Sports Illustrated, and then …. I was shooting in the Cook Islands with these incredible girls. I felt so lucky that I got the best shoot … it was the perfect introduction to Sports Illustrated. And then to get the cover! It’s so crazy and such an honor.

Are you excited about sharing the cover? Does it make it more special?
Chrissy: It does feel extra special. I’m just really excited to get to run around with them for the next month or whatever. People say that and don’t mean it but I really love them … We’re literally tied together forever because of this. I hope you know that.
Lily: You’re stuck with me.

Who did you call first and how did they react?
Lily: We both called our husbands.
Chrissy: Before I left, John [Legend] said,’‘Don’t trick me. Don’t say, Babe, I didn’t get it and [then say] I got it! Just be happy and just say it!’ So I just called him, and through tears, [said] ‘I got it.’ And that was it.
Lily: My husband [rocker Caleb Followill] is very proud. He’s very excited. I don’t think there is a man in the world that wouldn’t be super-stoked their wife ends up as the Sports Illustrated cover model.

You can pick up your issue next week. Apparently there’s an interesting zero-gravity shot at Kate Upton’s boobs.

Sports Illustrated called racist for these pictures!

We’ve all seen the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kate Upton, wearing next to nothing, freezing her butt off in Antarctica. But Antarctica wasn’t the only far-away place Sports Illustrated went. The magazine made their to all seven continents, photographing their models in bikinis.

Instead of using these foreign countries as only backdrops, some of the models were photographed standing next to natives of their homes. Some people are claiming the pictures are racist, and reinforce bad stereotypes.

Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart takes specific offense to two pictures, one from China, and another from Namibia.

In a shot taken in a picture taken on a river in Guilin, Guangxi, model Anne V., who is white and blonde, sits on a raft piloted by an elderly Chinese man:

This photo cements stereotypes, perpetuates an imbalance in the power dynamic, is reminiscent of centuries of colonialism (and indentured servitude) and serves as a good example of both creating a centrality of whiteness and using “exotic” people as fashion props.Besides which, the picture represents a specific decision to portray China as “non-Western” and “backward.” As Shanghaiist notes, in Sports Illustrated’s view “China is poverty and ‘ethnic’ clothing, not the world’s second largest economy where the majority of people live in cities rather than the countryside.”

The second controversial shot, featuring Emily DiDonato in an African desert, also include a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear:

These shots tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so-called savages, jungle comics and the like. Again: In a visit to seven continents, this image is what Sports Illustrated is using to represent the continent of Africa.

I don’t take any offense to them, but I guess I’m not the one they’re worried about offending. I’m having a hard time understanding why these pictures are so bad. These people actually exist. I don’t think it’s stereotyping a whole country with these pictures.

What do you think – do these photos seem racist to you?

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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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