Kate Upton Graces 2017 Sports Illustrated Cover Three Times!

SI Swimsuit Cover 2017: Kate Upton revealed as cover model on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Thrust into the spotlight past year when she landed one of three covers (alongside Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey) Hailey Clauson is back for her third appearance in the annual issue.

It's the third time that Upton has landed the cover for the Swimsuit Issue, tying her with Christie Brinkley, who also made her return to the issue this year. The model said this issue is especially important to her, though, because of the emphasis on including women of varied body types.

As always, the covers feature Upton wearing next-to-nothing, adorned with heavy chain jewellery, a metallic jacket and white string bikini (or an aesthetically pleasant piece of rope, depending on how you look at it).

The American magazine publishes the special swimsuit edition annually, with the cover photograph usually featuring a fashion model.

In case you were all stressing, Kate nabbed all three covers of the current issue. In a video, she describes her shoot as "high-end Vogue vibes", and adds, "Getting on the cover of Sports Illustrated has completely changed my life".

Sports Illustrated shot three covers with Upton for the 2017 edition.

Kate Upton is 24 years old and has as many banners as LeBron James. In addition to an Australian Open win and her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Williams showcased her wonderful body in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

"I nearly think the body is art, everyone's perspective is their own and it comes from their own place", Upton said during her appearance on Kimmel.

And Christie Brinkley, who came out of retirement to pose alongside her daughters.

Two veteran SI models who scored a spot in this year's iconic issue, Hannah Ferguson and Bo Krsmanovic, swung by the PEOPLE offices today to dish what their families really think about their skimpy swimsuit shots.

KU: To have an issue that focuses on that is a really wonderful moment for me because I think it's important for everyone to be the best them they can be, but not to strive to be a company or industry's idea of flawless. She works out five to six days a week for at least an hour each time. "I want to thank @MJ_Day for an opportunity like this and for being a force in this industry", McGrady said, praising the magazine's director.

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