kate-upton-SI-frontKate Upton, the voluptuous Victoria’s Secret model is being tipped as the cover girl of the much-coveted 2012 Sport Illustrated swimsuit issue. The moment of truth will take place tonight (Feb 13).

As part of a tradition, the cover will be unveiled on The David Letterman show tonight, (Feb. 13). Last year’s cover, featuring a surprise Irina Shayk was leaked last year.

The cover has leaked again, and is authentic. A huge billboard featuring Upton on the cover has been erected outside Letterman’s studio in New York city and was visible to the public today.

Kate Upton Topless for Victoria’s Secret

Check out Kate’s cover; click to enlarge.

Fake covers of high profile magazines surface from time to time on the Internet.

Most recently, a supposed copy of People magazine leaked proclaiming that Taylor Lautner was gay. It was quickly proven to be fake. In this case, the Upton cover is authentic.

Check out Kate’s 2011 photos; click to enlarge.

The 19-year-old model by way of St. Joseph, Mich., and Melbourne, Fla., makes a stunning cover model. Upton debuted in the 2011 edition, and was named Rookie of the Year.

She also appeared in Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Calendar, along with a dozen other models.

Upton is currently repped by IMG Models. She has also appeared in a high-profile campaign for Guess.

SI Models Shed Bikini Tops

A video of the foxy model went viral last year when she was filmed dancing vicariously at a basketball game with fellow SI model Damaris Lewis. She was doing the Dougie at about the same time that the dance became popular.

Sports Illustrated has been a launching pad for a number of models from Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley and Paulina Porizkova to Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter, Rebecca Romijn, Petra Nemcova, Valeria Mazza, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Marisa Miller.

Upton is trying to branch into acting, and debuted on the big screen this year in “Tower Heist” with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. She’ll also appear in the Farrelly brothers’ latest comedy, The Three Stooges, due to be release in April.

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