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Old February 17 2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Kate Upton: Babe of the week #8 (Feb. 2012)

Kate Upton
(2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model,
Victoria's Secret and Guess model,
Actress: The Three Stooges)
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Kate Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, and raised in Melbourne, Florida. She has three brothers and sisters. Her uncle is Fred Upton, Congressman for the Sixth Congressional District of Michigan. An equestrienne, Upton showed for the American Paint Horse Association and competed on a national level. With her horse Roanie Pony, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships, in 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship and 14-18 Western Riding and named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion at the APHA World Championship Show, giving her a total of five championships. In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty. With a second horse, Zipped, she won 14-18 Western Riding and was top 5 in 14-18 Horsemanship and 14-18 Western Pleasure in 2009.
The Sports Illusrated Swimsuit Issue was invented by editor Andre Laguerre to fill the winter months, a typically slow point in the sporting calendar. He asked fashion reporter Jule Campbell to go on a shoot to fill space, including the cover, with a beautiful model. The first issue, released in 1964, entailed a cover featuring Babette March and a five-page layout. Campbell soon became a powerful figure in modeling and molded the issue into a media phenomenon by featuring "bigger and healthier" California women and printing the names of the models with their photos, beginning a new supermodel era. However, the issue did not exclusively feature models until 1997. In the 1950s a few women appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but the 1964 issue is considered to be the beginning of the current format known as the Swimsuit Issue.

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Week #2 (Jan.): Erin Andrews
Week #3 (Jan.): Katrina Bowden
Week #4 (Jan.): Maria Sharapova
Week #5 (Jan.): Kellie Pickler
Week #6 (Feb.): Natasha Henstridge
Week #7 (Feb.): Katharine McPhee
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