This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the magazine's 2013 Swimsuit Edition featuring Kate Upton, which will launch across multiple platforms on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Sports Illustrated, Derek Kettela) NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY UNTIL MARCH 5 2013; MANDATORY CREDIT: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED/DEREK KETTELA
Updated: March 14, 2013 6:48AM
The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is on the way, with Kate Upton once again its cover girl.
The 5-10 Upton, 20, graces the cover of the 50th anniversary 2013 edition clad only in a white, fur-lined parka and bikini bottom. She is standing in Antarctica.
Out of a dozen or so photos in which she appears, the cover shot ‘‘is the most clothes I’m wearing in the whole issue,’’ Upton said. ‘‘It was a sort of I-love-you from the editor: ‘I’ll let you wear a coat for this one.’ ”
Despite the challenges of the assignment, Upton said it likely would remain her most thrilling ever and called Antarctica ‘‘the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.’’
But for anyone else who wants to experience that magical place, she offered this bit of advice: ‘‘You are definitely recommended to keep your clothes on.’’