They've released a literal shitload of pics from the various models in this year's SI Swimsuit edition, 50+ for cover model Kate Upton alone. I think posting all those would pretty much destroy our back end, so you're getting a condensed version, containing a sampling of my personal favorites like Cintia Dicker, Irina Shayk and Bar Refaeli. Quite an impressive collection of perfect female forms on display here. Some particularly choice images of Kate in this edition, which just makes the horrible cover all that more confusing. I can select within a few seconds at least a dozen photos that would have made a much better cover, all without the need for the shameful Photoshop travesty they inflicted on the cover image.
I can only assume some rich dude over at Sports Illustrated has an incompetent Photoshop artist nephew who successfully traded on nepotism to get themselves the cover duty this year. That or someone with a grudge against Kate is making a statement. Either way, it's a terrible thing to do to Kate on her first SI cover. Shame on them.
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