| February 12, 2013

Kate Upton recently traveled to Antarctica where she posed for photographers wearing a white bikini and not much else.

"It was definitely the hardest shoot I've ever done," Upton told People magazine.

Her hard work paid off, however, when the white-hot shots landed her on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue — for the second year in a row.

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The feat was last accomplished by Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997

As it turns out, being the cover girl of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue (twice!) has its perks.  The 20-year-old's skyrocketing fame has landed her on the guest lists of some of the hottest events around the globe.

“I’m on top right now, and I'm really excited. I just want to enjoy this moment,” she told the "Today" show.

We don’t blame her. Have a look at where the past year has taken this "Upton" girl:

To The 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Upton departs from the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Feb.11, 2013, where she was promoting her latest Sports Illustrated cover issue.

To Super Bowl XLVII

Upton arrives on the red carpet for the GQ, Lacoste and Mercedes-Benz Celebration of the Big Game in the Big Easy, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in New Orleans.

To New York Fashion Week

Upton attends the Michael Kors Celebrates Fashion's Night Out event on Sept. 6, 2012.

To Cannes

Upton attends the screening of "On the Road" at the Palais of Festivals during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, on May 23, 2012.

To The Met Ball

Upton arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute gala benefit on May 7, 2012.

To The NBA Playoffs

Upton reacts during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2012.

To The White House Correspondent's Dinner

Upton arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012.

To the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Upton arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscars party held at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 26, 2012.

To the Daytona 500

Upton takes the stage before the NASCAR Daytona 500 race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012.

Where It All Began

Upton attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2012 Launch Party in New York on Feb. 14, 2012.