Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 2/12/13

As part of the promotional tour surrounding her appearance on the cover of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a much warmer and more appropriately dressed Kate Upton appeared on the Today show on Tuesday morning to describe the harrowing experience she and the rest of the photo shoot party endured to capture the breathtaking images of her posing in a bikini in a freezing Antarctica for this year’s issue. Via Today: “I was very surprised by the news that that’s where my shoot was going to be located,’’ she said on TODAY Tuesday in her first interview since making the cover. “It was freezing. I’m from Florida, so it wasn’t great for me. When I came back I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm. I was thinking warm thoughts. “I could really only do it for a minute and then everyone would come running and throw blankets on top of me and they would build me like a little blanket cave. I really went all out on this. We went there thinking we might not even get a shot, and came back with the cover.” Despite the brutally adverse conditions, Upton nevertheless managed to take in the wondrous splendor of the frozen yet majestic Antarctica surroundings, saying, “It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been,’’ and adding, “Before I took off my coat, I would just enjoy the views. The mountains were pink and the water was glass. It was like little ice cubes were in the water. It was gorgeous.’’ Upton added that she was inspired by the local wildlife. “The penguins kept me going,’’ she said. “They’re adorable, and any time I was like, ‘I can’t take any more, I can’t,’ I would look at them and I was like, ‘OK, for them.’’’ Penguins are indeed inspiring. Cute little buggers. For those who haven’t seen it yet, below is some video Sports Illustrated shot of the unique and potentially treacherous shoot: Perhaps it’s time we all stop pretending that the 2013 edition of the Sports Ilustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t the only thing we care about in the world right now. Because it’s true, right? (for more Kate Upton goodness, feel free to peruse the Sportress of Blogitude archives) TweetThe post On ‘Today,’ Kate Upton says her ‘body was shutting down’ during Antarctica shoot (videos) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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