How Does Kate Upton Compare to Past 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Covergirls? (PHOTOS)

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Another year, another young half-naked model on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. It's a time-honored tradition, after all. So of course the annual build-up of expectation and and intrigue over which half-naked model would make the cover was no less intense this year than any other, and the big announcement -- Kate Upton -- has been met with no less fanfare than when Irina Shayk was named 2011 Cover Girl or when Brooklyn Decker got the gig in 2010.

But how does Upton measure up against her predecessors?

Let's take a look, shall we?






One thing before we get started: We're judging the quality of the photograph overall, okay? I don't want to hear any body part comparisons or other, equally adolescent/degrading critiques, you hear?

All right. So, here we have 2011 cover girl Irina Shayk.

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irina shaykI have to say, I prefer the color scheme of Shayk's cover -- the contrast between the sand, her bikin and the water is lively and engaging. Whereas Upton's swimsuit is kind of dull, don'tcha think?

Then there's Brooklyn Decker's 2010 cover ...

brooklyn decker

See, I like how bright and sunny this one is, too. And there's the classic itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini thing. Though the peace sign necklace isn't what I'd call classy.

Next up: Bar Rafaeli. Gorgeous shot, but why is it my least favorite? Hmm ... is it because she looks like she's going to sneak a quick pee in the ocean?

bar rafaelli

So, let's review. Kate Upton can definitely hold her own as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, even with that boring bikini (or lack thereof). Am I right? Would you have chosen a different swimsuit?

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Images via Sports Illustrated


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onefo... onefootcutiepie

What bikini? That's barely a pantiliner!


cocob... cocobeannns

Wow. You guys are on a roll with this swimsuit cover... I think all the women are gorgeous.

sweet... sweet.lil.mama

Geez her bottoms are the sluttiest ones I've seen in my life..holy slip and its all lips lol

nonmember avatar Cakegirl

Her bottoms are nasty! You can almost see the top of her vagina crack, eeeep!

orang... orangetree

They are all HOT!!!

bills... billsfan1104

I hate women that wear bikinis that have the bottom of their boob showing. They should of air brushed that.

Jenifer Woodard

I like the 2011 better of any of them.  All the girls are beautiful however why wear something that does not fit you.  The 2012 looks like it is to small for her.  The one does look like she has to pee lol


KaysM... KaysMom06

wtf. they look like sluts. This is gross. its SPORTS illustrated. Not 'take your bikini off' illustrated.

KaysM... KaysMom06

Please.. Does anyone really wear a bikini like that?? I have never seen someone wear their bikini so SO low. This is like high priced hookers! Not natural at all.

Sarah Saucerman

2010 and 2011 are my faves. This year is the least...her breasts aren't flattering at all in this bikini.

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