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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover 2012: Will Kate Upton Grace The Front? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/10/2012 7:14 am Updated: 02/10/2012 8:23 am

Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue is --thank God-- set to drop on February 14th, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from buzzing with speculation on who will nab the coveted cover spot.

Outlets like Fox News and the Las Vegas Sun are currently speculating that 19-year-old newcomer Kate Upton will land the honors; the blonde beauty from Michigan made her debut in last year's issue alongside cover girl Irina Shayk.

The fever pitch for bikini'ed beauties has even spread to the cold Northeast; the New York Daily News just launched a massive slideshow of all the contenders.

And obviously we're all concerned with which hot models will grace the pages, but the 2012 issue is already making waves for forsaking exotic locales like St. Barts in order to shoot one of its sexy bikini spreads in the quaint town of Apalachicola, Fla.

This year's cover will be unveiled on Feb. 13 on the David Letterman show, and will be available on newsstands the next day. We have a hunch Kate just might be the cover girl!

In the meantime, whet your swimsuit whistle with Kate's SI pic from last year, as well as our slideshow of ALL the SI Swimsuit Issue covers below (going back to 1955!).

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  • 1955: Betty di Bugnano

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1964: Jule Campbell

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1965: Sue Peterson

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1966: Sunny Bippus

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1967: Lynn Tindall

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1968: Turia Mau

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1969: Jamee Becker

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1970: Cheryl Tiegs

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1971: Tannia Rubiano

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1972: Sheila Roscoe

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1973: Dayle Haddon

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1974: Ann Simonton

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1975: Cheryl Tiegs

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1976: Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander

    (Sports Illustrated

  • 1977: Lena Hansbod

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1978: Maria Joao

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1979: Christie Brinkley

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1980: Christie Brinkley

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1981: Christie Brinkley

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1982: Carol Alt

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1983: Cheryl Tiegs

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1984: Paulina Porizkova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1985: Paulina Porizkova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1986: Elle Macpherson

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1987: Elle Macpherson

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1988: Elle Macpherson

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1989: Kathy Ireland

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1990: Judit Masco

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1991: Ashley Montana

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1992: Kathy Ireland

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1993: Vendela Kirsebom

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1994: Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson et Rachel Hunter

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1995: Daniela Pestova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1996: Valeria Mazza et Tyra Banks

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1997: Tyra Banks

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1998: Heidi Klum

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 1999: Rebecca Romijn

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2000: Daniela Pestova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2001: Elsa Benitez

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2002: Yamila Diaz-Rahi

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2003: Petra Nemcova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2004: Veronica Varekova

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2005: Carolyn Murphy

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2006: Beach Party!

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2007: Beyoncé

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2008: Marisa Miller

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2009: Bar Refaeli

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2010: Brooklyn Decker

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2011: Irina Shayk

    (Sports Illustrated)

  • 2012: Kate Upton

  • 2013: Kate Upton (bis)

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