USMagazine, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 6:08am (PST)
What a difference a year makes!
After being named Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's Rookie of the Year in 2011, Kate Upton just landed the magazine's highly coveted 2012 cover (past cover models include Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, and Marisa Miller).
The 19-year-old blonde bombshell, who was born in Michigan and raised in Florida, poses in a teeny-tiny red and brown bikini that barely covers her eye-popping assets. Here, some fun facts about the stunner.