Kate Upton covers Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition for the second year in a row. While promoting the new issue, she told Today Show it was so cold during the Antarctica shoot that she started to lose her hearing and vision: “When I came back, I was, like, losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down,” she revealed. “It was working so hard to keep me warm. It was freezing. I’m from Florida so, it wasn’t great for me. Obviously, the pictures now, it’s incredible. I can’t believe we were all able to accomplish that.”
She’s currently on a promotional tour that’s starting to feel like the tour for the 2012 issue back when pro-ana sites (pro anorexia websites) launched a fatwa against every pound they’d decided was superfluous to her career as a bikini model. The criticism only boosted her career at the time by getting more attention for the old cover. And Upton is being smart and deflecting again. At least… she’s not outwardly letting the most recent body-shaming get to her.
[Kate Upton] only learned she landed on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue when the news leaked online Friday. “I immediately called SI, and they were like, ‘Don’t tweet anything!’” she told us at the issue’s official launch party Tuesday at Crimson. Upton’s on the cover for the second year in a row, and has bizarrely been bashed by some for her curvy body. “Everyone has the right to their own opinion,” she told us. “I am in a good place in my career, so it’s all right.”
While Upton brushed off criticism, her fellow bikini babes came to her defense. “Everyone is hyper-critical of women, and it’s got to stop,” Alyssa Miller said. “We should be embracing all body types.” Chrissy Teigen added, “I don’t think people realize we read everything.” – via Page Six.