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Kate Upton Sports Illustrated cover occurred nearly four years ago, and frankly, we don’t see anything wrong with bring up the past, and reliving a wonderful moment in time.

For two solid years, Kate Upton’s fiery, voluptuous figure locked the super modeling game down like an industrial level vise.

She went from Garage Clothing, to Dooney & Bourke, to posing for Guess. Eventually, the world witnessed the first Kate Upton Sports Illustrated issue. The SI Cover featured Kate in the body paint section and named her “Rookie of the Year”.

SI considers the Kate Upton Sports Illustrated cover one of the most epic body-paint spread ever. Kate posed in nothing more than a painted-on necklace and bikini bottoms — and she immediately made history.

After her 2011 cover, Kate Upton later when on to appear on the cover 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. As history shows, Kate on to have a illustrious doing a few movies and co-starring in the Cameron Diaz movie, The Other Woman”.

So in honor of the first Kate Upton Sports Illustrated cover, we compiled a few photos from the humble begins of a swimsuit model icon. Enjoy.