By Jean-Paul Salamanca ( | First Posted: Feb 09, 2013 12:00 AM EST

Model Kate Upton will be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition, on sale Feb. 12. (Photo : Reuters)

For the second year in a row, Kate Upton will be gracing the cover of one of the most anticipated sports magazine issues of the year--Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition.

Sports Illustrated announced Friday that the 20-year-old Michigan-born bombshell was chosen for the second consecutive year to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition, which will hit stands on Tuesday.

To promote the magazine's iconic annual February edition, Upton and nine other models will be appearing Monday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

For the photo shoot, Upton and the others went to Antarctica to pose.

On Twitter Friday, Upton tweeted about her experience. ""We can finally talk about Antarctica!!!!! Took us 2 months to thaw out," she tweeted.

Upton, who was named Rookie of the Year in her first SI swimsuit appearance in 2011, first was chosen as the cover girl last year. She is only the ninth model to have been chosen to grace the cover of the swimsuit edition twice since its inception in 1964.

Since her rise in popularity in 2011 after a video of her doing a hip-hop dance at an L.A. Clippers game went viral, Upton has been on the cover of several magazines, as well as having done commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Guess, Sobe and DirecTV, among others.

Her Super Bowl ad for Mercedez-Benz, which aired this past Sunday during Super Bowl SLVII, drew a lot of buzz for its racy nature.

According to Forbes, the February swimsuit edition is one of the biggest revenue generators for Time Inc., the parent company of Sports Illustrated, the edition bringing in more than $1 billion in revenue each year. In one of its biggest years, SI's swimsuit edition brought in $35 million in ad sales in 2005.

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