BIKINI-BASED ALERT: The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has just landed.
So thrilled to be back with the @si_swimsuit family for my sophomore year! And to be included in not one, but ✌???? shoots! What a dream ???? Thank you to both amazing teams – @yutsai88 @tracymurphymua @jrugg8 in Aruba, @taylorbphoto @robynlawley and @marymguthrie in New York, and eternal thanks to the ultimate team that makes my dreams possible @mj_day @ja_neyney @darciebaum @agray35 @kbhendrix @mothermodel @nextmodels TIME TO CELEBRATE! ✨???? #siswimsuit2018
My heart is so full today ⚡️❤️ Excited to share the first look at the @si_swimsuit edition 2018 as I’m en route to NYC to celebrate the launch . This milestone in my career has been an absolute dream come true and I’ve worked so hard to get here. Also, MAJOR congratulations in order to the stunning cover model @danielle_herrington_ who is representing SI and especially all women of color so beautifully ????????❤️ Thank you to my family, friends, agents and the entire Sports Illustrated team for believing in me . Link in my bio for the full gallery and don’t forget to purchase the issue on newsstands NATIONWIDE tomorrow! #SI #SiSwim @sportsillustrated @mj_day @nextmodelsmia @onemanagement @mpmanagementlosangeles @mpmanagementchicago @directionsusa @1month_tolift
As glamorous as the photos appear, the process of capturing them isn’t necessarily so.
Take, for example, this arresting shot of veteran SI model Kate Upton by Yu Tsai:
(Credit: Sports Illustrated / Yu Tsai)
Upton appears fierce and yet at one with nature, perched majestically upon a rock in the gorgeous, turquoise waters of Aruba.
In reality, the sea had other ideas, and poor Upton went positively A over T into the swell below:
instagram vs reality
“I really saw the vision for the photo, but as I climbed on the rock I did look down and was like ‘this is going to end badly,'” Upton told SI after the incident. “Looking back, that probably should have been a moment when we photoshopped me on there.”
Thankfully, she was unharmed and supposedly resurfaced with a big smile on her face. We bet…
You can watch the full ocean-based ownage here:
Slippery sea rocks. Best to avoid, especially when topless.Image: Sports Illustrated