TODAY | February 12, 2013
>>> always one of the year's most anticipated magazines. it hits the newsstands today. for the second year in a row, kate upton is featured on the cover. kate joins us live in the studio. kate , good morning. how are you?
>> you shot this in apart arctica?
>> yes. i was very surprised by the news that that was where my shoot was going to be located.
>> they were good enough to give you a parka to wear, and nothing else.
>> there's a reason they don't shoot men's swimsuit issues in the antarctica.
>> oh, for crying out loud!
>> give you a lot of credit for doing that.
>> only because you guys couldn't handle it.
>> what was it like?
>> it was freeze iing. i'm from florida. so, it wasn't great for me. obviously, the pictures now, it's incredible. i can't believe we were all able to accomplish that.
>> here you are, back to back, covered, joining company like tyra banks , elle mcpherson , who also had more than one cover. does that mean a lot to you?
>> it does, especially with " sports illustrated ." they're able to bring girls to all seven continents.
>> did they have to air brush out the goosebumps?
>> i was thinking warm thoughts .
>> you tweeted you had frostbite for months after, right?
>> it was quite the -- when i came back, i was like losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep me warm.
>> when that's happening, do you think maybe this wasn't such a great idea?
>> especially when my mom's in my ear saying, i told you not to go there. it's a bad idea.
>> after you were on the cover last year, did you notice a major difference in the kind of attention you were getting, the kind of jobs you were being offered?
>> " sports illustrated " really launched my career and i have a lot to thank them for.
>> super bowl ad for mercedes most recently. what's next for you?
>> well, i mean, i feel like i'm on the top right now. i'm really excited. just want to enjoy this moment.
>> what are the penguins like?
>> they kept me going. they're adorable. any time i was like, i can't do it anymore, i can't. i would look at them and be like, okay, for them.
>> do it for the penguins.
>> i'm doing it for the penguins.
>> with back-to-back covers maybe now you have the clout to have a shoot somewhere other than antarctica for next year.
>> they promised somewhere warm.
>> hold them to it, kate .
>> 62 million people will read this issue.
>> of " sports illustrated ." congratulations again.