The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Is Here

Kate Upton makes a splash on the anticipated annual cover

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has arrived, and you’re about to get a whole lot more Kate Upton in your life. In the 2011 issue, she was named Rookie of the Year. But now she’s moved on up to the cover with one seriously skimpy red bikini. Get a peak at the Cinderella story for yourself:

Photo Credit: Walter Iooss Jr.

You can check out more photos of the reigning swimsuit covergirl here, but don’t forget about her friends. Among the other bikini babes joining Ms. Upton is the gorgeous Alyssa Miller:

Photo Credit: James Macari

Battling with Alyssa in the “sexy women in bright swimsuits with the initials AM” department (it’s a really competitive category) is Ariel Meredith:

Photo Credit: Bjorn Iooss

Last but never, ever least we have 2009 swimsuit issue covergirl and our favorite of Leonardo DiCaprio’s exes (sorry Blake), Bar Refaeli. Three years after her cover, she’s still near and dear to our hearts.

Photo Credit: Walter Iooss Jr.

Head over to Sports Illustrated for even more swimsuit goodness, and, just in case you weren’t excited enough, check out this trailer: