Guess those rumors were totally false!
Or they were true and Kate Upton's diva antics actually paid off!
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Either way, the supermodel has scored herself THREE Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers this year, wearing barely anything at all.
One cover (above) has her topless with her bottom half clad in a bunch of necklaces, basically.
A second cover features her in a bunch of string made to resemble a maillot, while a third one finally has her in honest-to-God bikini bottoms and a long-sleeved embellished top.
The 24-year-old addressed the fact that this particular issue is dedicated to models of all body types and ages, like Christie Brinkley who appears in the mag at the age of 63!
"To have an issue that focuses on that is really an amazing moment for me because I think it's important for everyone to be the best they can be, but not to strive to be a company or industry's idea of perfect. For SI to emphasize every different type of perfect is really inspiring. Those are the campaigns I want to do and the career I want to have — to inspire women to love themselves."
Justin Verlander's fiancée, who is no stranger to body criticism, also talked about her fitness routine:
"This year, I had a completely different mindset about my body and instead of always trying to fit in a certain sample size, I wanted to be strong and healthy. Changing my workout and focusing on weight training helped me do that. It helped me think about my body as a machine and less of something people can judge me on. People feel ashamed when they look bad one day, but it's okay not to love yourself every second of every day. Appreciate what your body can do."
Check out the other two covers and additional photos in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Sports Illustrated]
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