NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Model Kate Upton has joined the elite group of beauties to have graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The Florida native – who reportedly makes her home in the Big Apple and is represented by IMG Models – is shown sizzling up the beaches of Sydney on the cover of this year’s issue.

Upton is 19 years old. She now joins iconic beauties like Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks and Brooklyn Decker, who have all graced the cover.

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The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit franchise reaches more than 70 million people each year, the magazine boasts, offering quite a boost to the coveted cover model’s career.

Kate Upton is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 Cover Model. Swimsuit 2012 is on sale now on newsstands, tablet, mobile and (credit: Credit: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated)

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A video of Upton doing “The Dougie” went viral on YouTube, garnering more than 3 million views. Check it out below.

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