Bikini model Kate Upton continues to make 2012 her year. This week, the 19 year old was revealed as the cover model for the Sport Illustrated Swimsuit edition, an honor shared with other greats as Elle Macpherson, Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum and Cheryl Tiegs. The 2011 SI “Rookie of the Year” has been busy with a variety of press functions promoting the magazine which hits newsstands today.
While brief career has featured runway shows with Victoria’s Secret and photo shoots for Garage clothing and Guess jeans, Upton is not limiting her dominance to the fashion world alone. In a bold move, the Westminster Kennel Club has named her “Best In Show 2012”, retroactively voiding the title awarded to this weekend’s winner Pekingese ‘Malachy’. The New York Nicks are willing to flirt with their six game winning streak when they replace scoring phenom forward Jeremy Lin with the 5’10” 118 lb model when the Nicks face the Sacramento Kings tonight.
Regardless of not actually being in any movies last year, the willowy blond has now been added to the ballots for the Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Live Action Short and Best Sound Mixing. Even more remarkable is the surge in popularity Upton is showing with Republican voters. Despite entering the nomination race at this late date, Kate is now the polling as front runner in Tennessee, Ohio and Arizona in the upcoming “Super Tuesday” primaries. Las Vegas has also posted Upton as a 3-1 favorite to be on next year’s swimsuit cover as well as win the 2012 Heisman trophy, a betting parlay unheard of since the days of Herschel Walker.