Kate Upton on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

Kate Upton sizzles in Sydney on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012, out today, Feb. 14, on newsstands, tablet, mobile and SI.com/Swimsuit. The red-hot cover shot was captured by SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr., his 12th Swimsuit cover.

The 19-year-old, Melbourne, Fla., native joins an elite group of women who’ve appeared on the coveted cover, including Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks and Brooklyn Decker.

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Swimsuit 2012 content extends far beyond the pages of the issue, with digital extensions of SI Swimsuit including a supercharged tablet edition that features more than 150 photos and 2 hours of video, available for iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Barnes & Noble Nook Color, Amazon Kindle Fire, Motorola Xoom and Android smartphones.

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There is also an iPhone app that gives users a 360˚ view of bodypainted athletes and SI.com/Swimsuit with an interactive music section and a Swimsuit style guide.

“You will see innovation on every Swimsuit platform this year,” said Terry McDonell, editor Time Inc. Sports Group.

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Upton, in her second Swimsuit appearance, is joined by 2009 cover model Bar Refaeli – photographed with Rafael Nadal, Chris Paul and Michael Phelps – and 2011 cover model Irina Shayk making her sixth appearance in Swimsuit.

It is stated that the locations for Swimsuit 2012 are as breathtaking as the models with shoots in Australia (Carins + Sydney), Zambia, Seychelles and Panama, along with a special shoot on the U.S. Gulf Coast in Apalachicola, Fla.

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