Kate Upton on ‘Today': Her ‘body was shutting down’ during frigid shoot (videos)


As part of the promotional tour surrounding her appearance on the cover of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a much warmer and more appropriately dressed Kate Upton appeared on the Today show on Tuesday morning to describe the harrowing experience she and the rest of the photo shoot party endured to capture the breathtaking images of her posing in a bikini in a freezing Antarctica for this year’s issue.

Via Today:

“I was very surprised by the news that that’s where my shoot was going to be located,’’ she said on TODAY Tuesday in her first interview since making the cover. “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.

“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. I really went all out on this. We went there thinking we might not even get a shot, and came back with the cover.”

Despite the brutally adverse conditions, Upton nevertheless managed to take in the wondrous splendor of the frozen yet majestic Antarctica surroundings, saying, “It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been,’’ and adding, “Before I took off my coat, I would just enjoy the views. The mountains were pink and the water was glass. It was like little ice cubes were in the water. It was gorgeous.’’

Upton added that she was inspired by the local wildlife. “The penguins kept me going,’’ she said. “They’re adorable, and any time I was like, ‘I can’t take any more, I can’t,’ I would look at them and I was like, ‘OK, for them.’’’

Penguins are indeed inspiring. Cute little buggers. For those who haven’t seen it yet, below is some video Sports Illustrated shot of the unique and potentially treacherous shoot:

Perhaps it’s time we all stop pretending that the 2013 edition of the Sports Ilustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t the only thing we care about in the world right now. Because it’s true, right?

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  1. Ironboots

    February 13, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Absolutely rediculous. Another example of stupidity. A waste of energy. Don’t buy SI if you have a half of brain.

    • Mexoplex

      February 13, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Look, it really helps if you run a spell check through your posts…. otherwise it takes away from your credibility to claim someone is stupid.

    • charlene winkle

      February 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

      oh boo hoo, a poor model risks health to share body in antarctica…..really is this news?

      • willie moon

        February 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        and not even a good body at that .. she`s all hips !!! weird looking …

        • Mike Knaup

          February 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          Willie Moon, you need to look up about a foot!

        • Patrick Oliver

          February 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm

          You need eyes willie.
          Kate is sexy as hell.

    • Patrick Oliver

      February 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      You should know stupid Ironboots.
      You cannot spell RIDICULOUS.

  2. Hanz

    February 13, 2013 at 3:36 am

    this was so inspirational!!

  3. Buddy

    February 13, 2013 at 6:39 am

    We have soldiers out in much worse conditions fighting for our freedom, they don’t have people standing by all around them with blankets for “blanket caves”! We have people who do real jobs out in freezing cold weather all day or night long, things that are necessary for us as a society. These are the ones I feel for. Somehow, I have a hard time mustering up any sympathy for Kate who might get a little cold for a minute or two while making tons of money for someone to take her picture!

    • charlene winkle

      February 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

      I am more concerned about our military also…..where is their comfort, where are their families comfort? i would like to see less models and more people behaving kindly toward one another

  4. insidehalf

    February 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Who is Kate Upton?

    • Patrick Oliver

      February 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      She is a sexy supermodel insidehalf.

  5. Recycledsoul

    February 13, 2013 at 7:53 am

    She is ultra hot! Enjoy it for what it is! No one made you read it. I bet you all look for stories like this so you can complain. Your negativity is only surpassed by your boring comments.

    • Mexoplex

      February 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

      its like, who cares what she thinks? She poses for pictures. Thats her job. She had a bad day at her job. When did she say she has the worst job and the hardest job compared to anyone else?!
      She looks damn good, that’s it. She’s not an elected official.

  6. Kim

    February 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

    maybe if she took more of the drugs and silicon she used to get that figure she wouldn’t have noticed the so-called harsch conditions. POOR…BABY!

    • Owen

      February 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Someone is jealous

  7. jack

    February 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Oh my, she risked pneumonia+, making her body’s defense against future chest infections lower, and all for what? Give me a break 20 year old, where’s your parents? Counting the money?

  8. jack

    February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    She risked pneumonia, chest infections, lowered her body to future resistance, and for what? So her family could count the money? bimbo time…

  9. Sigre

    February 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    This makes me embarrassed…for her. How desperate she seems. Fame and glory, for a minute, due to a ‘hot’ body? Aren’t we more sophisticated and evolved?

  10. Randall

    February 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Kinda chubby……too heavy for me!

    • beebop

      February 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Gives me a chubby, just the right size for me. ;)

  11. hazel

    February 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    You bet she is chubby…

  12. scott

    February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    good to see a beautiful womans body , instead of a skinny little bimo!

  13. Stace

    February 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    what a bunch of hatin ass people!!!

    • Patrick Oliver

      February 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      I agree Stace.
      Kate is a great girl.

  14. Elise

    February 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    What does a Sports Illustrated “swimsuit” issue have to do with SPORT? It is nothing more than another way to provide half naked bodies for men to oogle at.
    I don’t understand why women put themselves in the position of being devalued that way. Have some self-respect for gosh’s sake!

    • Trebor171

      February 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      I know you are right Elise, but you will never get the majority of the men of this country to agree. Hence Kate. I know she is making a lot of money from all her nakedness and good for her because obviously she couldn’t do it any other way. She is certainly being used by a lot of other people that are raking in the cash off her too. Thousands of other young girls would jump at the chance to change places with her and someday one of them will.

  15. SpidermanofNJ

    February 13, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    What? No connection to sports! RU Kidding? I call that – Taking one for the team! Way to go sweet thing!

  16. JED

    February 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    She’s got what Marilyn Monroe had. Incredible natural hottness, without a perfect body.

  17. Mukphly

    February 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    She is definitely a little thick for a swimsuit model. Probably the reason she was chosen for this particular shoot was that they hoped she might freeze some of that ass off. But w/ her bank account, I suppose a few extra LBs could be overlooked.

  18. Patrick Oliver

    February 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Go Kate!
    You look very sexy!

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