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Irina Shayk

Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, known as Irina Shayk, is a Russian model who received international recognition when she appeared as the first Russian model on the cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. ranks her as an “Industry Icon.”

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Judi Dench

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NORTH PLAINS, OR – AUGUST 29: Natalie Gulbis walks off the 18th hole during the second round of the Safeway Classic on August 29, 2009 on the Ghost Creek course at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) – Local Caption -Natalie Gulbis

Gulbis is an American professional golfer of Latvian descent who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.

Kate Upton

Katherine Elizabeth Upton is an American model and actress. She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues. In addition, she was the subject of the 100th-anniversary Vanity Fair cover.

Kate Upton Cover Model 2013 | Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Kate Upton makes all her photos look effortless, but her iconic 2013 cover photo shoot in Antarctica was actually a grueling experience.

The three-time cover star made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2011, when she was named Rookie of the Year. She returned in ’12 and ’13 with back-to-back covers and landed her third in ’17.

“In order to complete our theme of seven continents we needed to get to the seventh continent. Antarctica was critical for us,” editor-in-chief MJ Day explained. “The model that we brought there would have to be able to hold her own against the grandeur that is Antarctica. Kate Upton is that woman. This is the most challenging shoot we have ever done and possibly ever will do.”

Upton, who was named model of the year in 2013, was a pro on set. The mom said she was cold even with a coat on, so gearing up to stand in the snow in just a bikini was nerve-racking. Photographer Derek Kettela would snap 20 to 30 photos and the Swim Team would run in to bundle Upton up.

“Coming to Antarctica is a historical event because no other fashion magazine has come here before,” the model gushed. “It was a huge honor to find out that Sports Illustrated picked me to come here. Even through the pain.”

There were other team members around that helped ease the stress of posing in negative degree weather: penguins!

“The second day shooting, I think the penguins were the only thing that kept me going because they are so adorable,” Upton said at the time. “This is a bit of a payoff. The penguins are making me feel better. They really are fearless creatures, they come right up, they’re curious about what’s going on.”

Here are some more of our favorite videos from Upton’s 2013 photo shoot in Antarctica.

Kate Upton dares to bare in freezing Antarctica, taking you behind the scenes of her historic photoshoot. Subscribe to ►►

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013 cover model Kate Upton talks about what it means to get the cover. Subscribe to ►►

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