Letterman introduces Sports Illustrated's newest cover girl
February 14th, 2012
10:47 AM ET

Letterman introduces Sports Illustrated's newest cover girl

If you've never heard of Kate Upton before, get ready to become better acquainted.

The 19-year-old graces the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which "The Late Show with David Letterman" unveiled Monday on a billboard across from the Ed Sullivan Theater.

See more photos of Kate Upton

Upton and nine other models from the issue also stopped by Letterman's late night show to help him deliver his top 10 list, which focused on why this year's Swimsuit Issue is the best ever.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rymUJSW4hKc%5D

One cryptic reason was that the magazine apparently includes ten models, but only nine swimsuits, while another was, "It's not in 3-D, but it looks like it is."

Cover star Upton offered this enticing reason: "The art department was able to airbrush my mustache."

Clearly this is a woman with a sense of humor, and we'll likely get to see more of it when the 19-year-old returns to "Late Show with David Letterman" tonight for an interview.

In the meantime, watch the clip of Upton hitting her dougie, which turned the model/actress into something of a viral video star:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMpQgDbqz6U]

Upton, who had a role in 2011's "Tower Heist," will also appear in the Farrelly brothers' "Three Stooges" in April.

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  1. Dream Job

    of a lifetime and beauty at the same time however i do agree this is not going to last forever...tyra, christie, cindy all took on other careers let's hope she has another plan after this.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amazing

    She's georgous...what will she be doing at 50 years old...she needs to learn another career... i am not a jealous person by nature all i'm saying hope she has another career for her future, this is just a fantasy career right now.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Motors Running

    One of the most beautiful girls in the modelling world and continued success too her.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Whatever you did too this woman in the end.....

    she got the d*m call for a go at one of the greatest inv bking firms in history....the sports illustrated girl is amazing i hope she does well in her career...its very difficult too look that beautiful.

    run those motors tonight enjoy everyone.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. If you the hacker...

    you've called this women fat, ugly, no good and poor....doesn't matter because GS called her not you.

    the model is beautiful

    February 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. She's georgous

    but in the end they called moi...didn't they....be positive and be happy with your lives people..
    you only have one life too live enjoy it. thanks for the afternoon scoops it was fantastic.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Beauty Queen

    no reason to run the car motor....i've been called fat and old 1 million times on these blogs-

    February 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. It can't talk

    but it can run a hck motor like nobodys business.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rose

    she may be cute and size 1....but she's not a goldman babyl... the 50 year old is making her relationship decisions shortly...50 plans well.....

    February 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Damon Haker

    I am looking forward reading more of your articles.
    I agree with you on most points.
    The subject is well covered.
    I encourage you continue writing.
    Good job.
    I appreciate reading your blog.

    February 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |

      go for it...make sure i'm there when your in action actually talking to that person-i'd love too see it-

      i'm not scared of it-everyone else is.

      February 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cnnlicksit@gmail.com

    Personally I'm not crazy about her face, but her body is awesome.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. SKY


    February 16, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. dicky

    forget about it, not revealing enough... way too much cloths for my imagination.......see, still limp.

    February 16, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. mark

    this is good, it is very good...head rushing stuff. thank you letterman

    February 16, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. rim

    Barstool sports has the Si cover before letterman introduced it. VIVA LA Stool!

    February 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bill the Tool

    Clean-Shaven! Nice!!

    February 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Chelsea

    I don't understand the people who are referring to this young woman as "fat". Honestly, I think she could gain 20-30 lbs and still look wonderful. People are too judgmental about weight. If an individual is healthy and happy, no one should tell them they aren't good enough just because they don't fit someone else's ideal image.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. PatriciaD

    Two things: those aren't real, and you can't keep going smaller on the bikini.

    February 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dicky

      lol, what a typical comment from a woman. "blah blah, fake blah blah...". i bet if that was you looking that hot, you'd be dancing your t i t t i e s off right now.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  19. Jenny

    Is it me, or is Letterman beginning to look more and more like Herbert, the creepy old guy on the Simpsons?

    February 15, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  20. Yawn

    Nothing special. Kinda a busted face too.

    February 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. David

    LOL, SI Smimsuit edition stop being relevant in like the late '80's...

    February 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. SP

    Her navel is up by her rib cage. Looks like someone got their entire abdomen lifted, or there was some pretty poor airbrushing/editing on the magazine's part.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Canada Dry

    America, stop idolizing surface features. Go deeper than skin to find a person's beauty!
    Although she does have nice teeth!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • knockers


      February 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      sure, soon as i'm done with getting to know the outside beauty....

      February 16, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. Texdoc

    Beautiful woman. It's nice to see they picked someone that doesn't have the body of a 10 year old boy.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. smack it

    I'd pee on her face

    February 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. shakeit

    woooo shake those lil funbagggssss yes!!!!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  27. bill

    All you people that are complaining that she has no class for being on the cover, the swimsuit is too small, her parents must be proud, blah blah blah, need to get a life....Stop being haters! Stop being jealous! If you don't like it then don't buy the issue or don't buy the swimsuit! ITS HER LIFE AND SHE CAN DO WHATEVER SHE FEELS LIKE!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jeff

    19 and a girls claim to fame is showing off her body in a bikini. And women wonder why guys are just looking at them for their bodies. Don't blame us ladies, it's these people that keep pushing it into our faces. She is beautiful without question but what else is there? What man can date her and she won't question his motives ? Will she even date a "commoner" a guy that will truley love her but is not famous or rich? Time will tell...

    February 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. funnygirl3365

    That has to be the worse swimsuit cover I have seen yet! That suit obviously is WAY TOO small for her, not flattering whatsoever, who the hell would ever where that ugly suit! Sorry don't like.......Nothing special about that photo. God I remember back when Kathy Ireland was on the cover and some others from the 90's now those girls were hot and had a real swimsuit on!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. John

    Looks like she can't afford a properly sized bikini. No thanks!

    February 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joe

    Way too much fat rolls for me, thanks.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ann west

    Looks like a Tiger Woods Victim

    February 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Liza

    What's the point of even wearing the bikini bottom in this image? Ridiculous! Not to mention, a pretty boring image photography wise.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. kitty

    her boob is only halfway covered. Great picture, but it looks like her swim suit top is three sizes toooooooo small. Tacky, actually. I LOVE the swimsuit edition and that's the worst cover I have seen in YEARS. I reallly can't believe that they felt THIS picture was the "CREAM OF THE CROP" to get a cover shot! Bad, SI, JUST BAD.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sharky

    Having been a collector of the edition since Kathy Ireland did the 25th Anniversary cover in 1989, SI has been going down hill since Jule Campbell left.

    This cover is really lackluster, and sorry Kate Upton really is not what I think of when I think of the SI women.

    SI Swimsuit ed. is just not what it used to be.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  36. TheDude

    Why does anyone care about this? Has nobody ever heard of the internet? its full of porn...

    February 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      LOL, yeah that's why I've been saying SI Swimsuit edition stopped being relevant years ago. Way overrated...

      February 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. kit kat

    These aren't really 'super models' – none of them grace the Fashion runwaya of New York & Europe = too busty!! The are more like Playboy bunny models.....wanna lap dance?

    February 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juuust Saying

      Maybe you should actually look them up instead of assuming. Like most ppl are probably assuming that you're just a lonely old hag who couldn't fit one leg into a swimsuit, let along critique someone who can. Just assuming, not saying any of it is true....just like your stupid comment. SMH at bitter as5 ppl.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  38. NiceDreams

    Can't typeeee right noww.......busy

    February 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. uniform

    Her body's bangin', but she's also bangin' Mark Sanchez. Instant turn-off.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Cleareye

    Not a good shot. Suit is clumsy looking, she is to thick in the waist, and her hair looks weak. Not up to SI speed.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Well with SI they are not trying to be like Victoria's Secret of having super skinny looking girls in their edition. SI has not ever had super skinny looking girls.

      I give high respects to SI in that respect.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Solitaire

    I think she is a rather poor example of a female form. There is nothing "sporty" about her. No muscle development, skinny arms, weak core, signs of emaciation in her entire structure. Boobs are droopy because of under-developed pecs. Her jaw stands out because of a weak neck. She's simply wearing pasties with straps. Separate the wheat from the chaff, fellas!

    February 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SkinnyIsHot

      Skinny arms and a flat stomach are feminine. Most guys are not into muscular chicks.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Madison

    Beautiful YES. Talented ummm NO. Swimsuit HORRIBLE. There are so many more beautiful pics of her in a suit that fits.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cleareye

    Wrong font.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. E_KOZ

    Not impressed – you think she would be a lot firmer for a 19 year old. Without the suit or holding them they would be at her belly button.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  45. MeMelvin

    Thank you, Lord for the female form. (sigh)

    February 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mastodonrocks

    Looks like another bleached blonde bimbo. I bet she rode to the photo shoot in a Z-28 too.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Joe

    I would eat her bum.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  48. DJCowboy

    Of course there's photoshopping going on here (there was also photoshopping when you took your senior pictures) but I have seen pictures of Kate Upton in public and she is still gorgeous.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  49. tatiana

    She is really pretty. I remember seeing her in some soda commercial. She looks great but is showing way to much va jay jay lol I would love to have that upper body!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ihatevalentine'sday

    She might as well not have any bottoms on.......

    February 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MeMelvin

      Oh, but it is so-oo much more sensuous when the imagination is permitted to wonder exactly what is not showning.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  51. anonymous

    Pretty girl, but they could have found a more becoming bathing suit to put on her. That one does not do her justice.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. sillyman michaels


    February 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ihatevalentine'sday

    I think her belly button is WAY too high........LOL

    February 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Yeah, and her boo bs are way to big. And her stomach is way to flat. And she looks way too hot in that bikini.

      Any other stupid complaints?

      February 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Metron

    I don't care what she thinks, or if she thinks. She just needs to shake it.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  55. occupyourbodies

    She was much prettier before she was "discovered". What a difference becoming a celebrity makes.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Pliny

    Oh...how I wish I were Pliny The Younger.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Phattee

    The waxing thing does nothing for me.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      It sure does for me!!

      February 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      It's better than a boosh up to the navel.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I broke up with a girl recently because she waxed it all off. No thanks, I like my women to look like women!

      February 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      I agree with you if a woman shaves her labia fine, makes them more comfortable whatever. But they need atleast a landing strip otherwise they're making you a child molester, and it gives you something to aim for when you pull out otherwise there's no point assuming they're on the pill.

      February 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. derp

    Nice to see a swimsuit model that does not look like a 12 year old Ethiopian refugee.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Exactly, its women like Kate Upton and Sophia Vergara most men are attracted too. We do not want to date an ironing board.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      That has been one respectable thing regarding SI swimsuit ed. The models have not really ever been super skinny. SI usually wanted a more healthy looking woman in their mag.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I'll take the ironing board over this fat thing any day !

      February 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Makes sense as no woman would want you. Enjoy the ironing board.

      February 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. DANTE666


    February 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Lulu

    This is awesome! It's fantastic that women are featured in a sports mag wearing next to nothing. I mean, us silly women don't know a thing about sports. We don't play them, don't care about them, we only know how to strip down and stand there and do...nothing else. Thank you Sports Illustrated!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Bot

    WOW I luv to give her STD in her bott! <3

    February 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Kim

    Actually, Kate is very talented. She an accomplished equestrienne, on top of being very smart and, obviously, gorgeous. Way to go Katie!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Boris

    She is very talented. Thank you very much, Boris.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Meg

    Sports Illustrated?? RELLY?? I thought this was Playboy!! I mean seriously!! Why bother wearing anything at all?? I don't care who you are- it's ridiculous! Gone are the day of great covers!!! No- not a hater just saying Sports Illustrated Covers used to be sooo much better!

    February 14, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      Sorry- should read REALLY!!! Oops!

      February 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bbe

      You do realize this is the Swimsuit Issue don't you? SI doesn't do this every month like Playboy does.
      I wonder how many of you complaining out there wouldn't gladly be in her her shoes. She's a very attractive young woman with a great body- take it for what it's worth. Would you rather see a 2/3rds. naked Rosie O'Donnell ?
      Give it a break and quit peein' in everyones Cheerios.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Walter Sobchak

    Aooooooooooooooooooga! Egads that is as close to perfection as there is on this planet.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      Perfection??? It's called Photoshop!! No I'm not jealouse! Just rooted in reality!

      February 14, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I think the body (even in that hideous suit) is good but yeah, her skin is definitely photo shopped. Smooth as rubber.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • SteaveLeads2

      Could NOT agree more!! Why can't ALL women look like that???

      February 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bozzie

    Nasty tramp.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      yeah right. you'd kill to be her. go take your jealousy out on a brick wall.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  67. Adara

    Good for her! @Henry..lol

    February 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  68. Crys

    I think the covers looked far better when the women on them left a little something to the imagination. Maybe I'm getting old at 32 (hah), but the models seem to be getting more and more naked each year. I don't need to see somebody's barely-covered, photoshopped hoo-hah, tyvm.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I agree with you. This suit is not flattering to her. It sqooshes her up top and gives her waist no definition. She has a good body but this suit is not attractive. It looks like Walmart to me. She would actually look better in a nicely cut suit or naked.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans

      I don't want to have to use my imagination.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Crys: I'm the same age as you, and have to disagree. For example, here is a link to the cover from 1997, when we were 18 years old:


      The bikini is pretty much the same exact size with thinner straps.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • kit kat

      ...can't agree more – not the best photo = vulgar and suggestive but not in a good way....alas...

      February 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  69. emory

    You are just jealous that she is so tallented. Quit being a hater and troll.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • trix are for kids to emory

      LOL WAIT A MINUTE... did you just say she had talent??? Being a supermodel takes a certain diet, fitness, and height... but please don't confuse that with TALENT.

      February 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "With her horse Roanie Pony, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships, in 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Riding and named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion at the APHA World Championship Show, giving her a total of five championships. In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty. With a second horse, Zipped, she won 14–18 Western Riding and was top 5 in 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure in 2009"

      What have you done?

      February 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ derp

      As if horsemanship contributes to society. BTW, nice name "derp." We can sure see what kind of intelligent person you are based on that alias.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAHAHA

      Nice, that means she knows how to ride... oh yeah, I agree with @derp, not talent. I mean if you want to say it is talent, then Kim K. is talented for making tapes with Ray J.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Brown

      Ok, so her being an expert at riding horses isn't talent? Shoot. Then we might as well say nothing is talent then. Some people will hate on just about anything. Why don't they just hate themselves and eat a bullet?

      February 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Clowed

    How exciting another photo shopped wh@re,ho hum.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • How much?

      That's for sale? How much?

      February 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Wow...that's a little harsh. Didn't realize that being a model qualified as "whoring" You are so enlightened!

      February 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      How do you photoshop streaming video? Are you saying that she is a CGI character? .... DAMN she is fine.

      February 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Iceman83

    Kate, I'm sure your father and mother and proud of you. What a legacy they have left for their grandkids. Mon and Dad call your proctologist. Perhaps he can help you find your heads.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dick Trickle

      Your just jealous that your not tapping that.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan


      February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • wmubronco84

      So this is what Whirlpool is delivering these days. Yes it is true Kate Upton who is the niece of Fred Upton aka congressman in MI. But also part of the UPTON Family who were the founders of what is now known as Whirlpool.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • TradeMarkedMan

      Sir, change your name. You use my trademarked text, MAN within your name. I'm taking back your MAN card. You don't deserve it!

      February 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. henry

    WOOOOOOO she needs to smooch with me ! That would be A-OK !

    February 14, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Standard chick....

      She'll rot in hell for her behaviour

      February 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Far too much fat rolls for my tastes, thanks. I hate fat !

      February 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus is Love

      "She'll rot in hell for her behaviour"

      For being photographed in a bathing suit ?

      Wow, that's judgmental.

      February 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAMEST

      typical jealous female remark from just a standard chick.

      February 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      Standard chick.... you're a standard chick and saying that? lol...how is that standard? what you should be is a nun. lol

      February 16, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |

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