Kate Upton: ‘My body was shutting down’ after SI cover shoot in Antarctica

Kate Upton Sports Illustrated cover

Kate Upton became the first model featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition since Tyra Banks over 15 years ago, but she had to endure a painful experience in the process.

Upton and a team of people traveled to Antarctica for the photoshoot that landed the 20-year-old beauty the magazine cover. Upton told “Today” Tuesday that shooting in the frigid conditions resulted in some health scares.

“I was very surprised by the news that that’s where my shoot was going to be located,” Upton told “Today” Tuesday. “It was freezing. I’m from Florida, so it wasn’t great for me. When I came back I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm. I was thinking warm thoughts.”

Upton would wear nothing but a bikini in the freezing temperatures while shooting photos, which presented obvious risks.

“I could really only do it for a minute and then everyone would come running and throw blankets on top of me and they would build me like a little blanket cave,” she told “Today”. “I really went all out on this. We went there thinking we might not even get a shot, and came back with the cover.”

What’s the point of this story? Being a cover girl isn’t as easy as you think.

You can see video of her interview with “Today.”

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And here is a behind-the-scenes look at Upton’s shoot in Antarctica:

H/T Sportress of Blogitude
Photo: Twitter/SI Swimsuit

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1348104921 Michael Collins

    Why even bother taking photos like this? They are obviously so air brushed you may  have just shot with a green screen and put a background in later.

  • oldman86

    Good thing I had these two large warmers on my chest

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    I’m flab-bergasted by that picture…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655149371 Lynn Bongiorno

    Aw I feel so badly for you – NOT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roger.willis.7739 Roger Willis

    Just think”  When some guy would ask her if “Are you very cold , or JUST GLAD TO SEE ME? Nice pics even if she is cold,  POOR DEAR.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GT6JVMXFWGRQUAFSWIHSYYJDU M

    Didn’t realize she was first model featured on the cover in 15 years, who were all them chicks before her?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KCS3Y6VPV2ZQPEWGGZLPSKQI7M Maynard

    I think her problem is that she had a silicone overdose.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6EQIS52JY7IQTCH4X7KVFIOBE Alexander

    Are those real?  They seem very large for her frame but they look to soft to be fake although it does look like she has quite a bit of baby,baby fat here and there including her stomach.