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Kate Upton Covers CR Fashion Book With Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

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Is Kate Upton a bombshell bikini model, the object of every male's fantasies, or an elegant fashion model, the object of editors and designers' delight? The Sports Illustrated covergirl's identity seems to switch nearly every day.

But on this day it's undoubtedly clear: Kate is a fashion girl. The blonde graces the cover of Carine Roitfeld's widely anticipated glossy, CR Fashion Book, which hits newsstands September 13. Given Carine's celeb status, the new mag has been gaining buzz among fashionistas for months... now it's finally here and Kate Upton is the star.

The black and white cover pic, snapped by Bruce Weber, combines Kate's multiple model identities into one lovely shot -- it's sexy and just a tad cleavage-y yet she's clad in a demure sweater holding baby chickens. (A second cover features Audrey Harrelson holding an infant.)

Say what you will about Upton, but to our mind picking Kate makes perfect sense: the theme of the issue is Rebirth, with the pages full of baby animals, a very pregnant Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and models Marte Mei van Haaster and Marie Piovesan holding an infant and pushing a pram. Perhaps Kate Upton is due for a rebirth of sorts, the chance to brand herself once and for all as a sophisticated model to be taken seriously by the fashion establishment. An endorsement from Carine Roitfeld, the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, would certainly get the job done.

Then again, knowing Kate, she could be back in her bikinis, dancing for Terry Richardson and sucking on a popsicle tomorrow.

See a preview of the cover as well as two inside shots below, plus read more about the publication here. Will you purchase the $15 magazine when it hits stands on September 13?

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