Kate Upton Lands the Cover of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Kate Upton is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue for the third time in her career. Upton is no stranger to Sports Illustrated covers, first appearing on one in 2011 when she was 22 becoming Rookie of the Year, then two times in 2012 and 2013.

The blonde bombshell announced the news on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. "Welcome back, @KateUpton! Follow the link for more photos and video http://on.si.com/2lfRkbl", the official Sports Illustrated Swimsuit account tweeted. "It was inspiring to be asked to be a part of that issue".

Who can forget the 24-year-old beauty's reaction when she found out her fiance, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, didn't win the Cy Young Award?

It was a bit of a surprise for Upton, who told Kimmel she didn't know until Monday that she had been selected for the iconic cover.

What do you think of Upton's 2017 cover?

Hunter McGrady is dedicating her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition shoot to any woman who has ever felt "uncomfortable or insecure" because of certain body issues.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models who were rejected for being FAT including Kate Upton

Kate Upton has been unveiled as the cover girl of the 2017 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

But here's the kicker: Fans of Upton's body get not just one, but three SI covers to gawk at this year.

But this year, Upton has made it her mission to become "strong and healthy", rather than sticking to a model figure. It feels insulting, implying that I am somehow being taken advantage of, that I am not empowered in my own decisions.

At 63, the all-American blonde appears alongside her daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.

"The first thought was, 'Oh my god, how am I going to do it?" Here's a link to every SI Swimsuit cover on the SI website.

More news: USA bridges structurally deficient; 900 in Texas

Edition: