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Kate Upton fails to bundle up

Model Kate Upton attends DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity

Model Kate Upton attends DIRECTV's Sixth Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl Game at Victory Field. (Feb. 4, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Supermodels always insist their jobs are more difficult and less glamorous than they appear, but when Kate Upton said it this time, she could back it up.

“It takes a certain person to be able to feel comfortable in front of a camera, especially in a vulnerable state such as freezing in Antarctica,’’ she said by phone on a publicity tour for her second Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover.

Fair enough. Ms. Upton is pictured wearing extremely little, which is customary, but with a backdrop of icebergs and penguins, which is not.

How did she get through it, especially having grown up in Florida? “I was thinking warm thoughts,’’ she said.

SI’s venture way south of the border will be featured at 8 p.m. Sunday in a Travel Channel show chronicling the swimsuit models’ journeys to seven continents, notably Upton’s.

I asked her what advice she would give tourists considering Antarctica. “I would say keep your clothes on,’’ she said, “but definitely go there. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. The mountains turn pink. The water is glassy. I mean, it’s indescribable. Honestly, I could go on and on. You really have to watch the Travel Channel.

"And one thing I do want to say though is when we first got on the boat, the expedition leader said, 'Make sure you spend as much time as possible outside because no matter how many videos or pictures you see of this place, it is nothing like it is in person. It’s more magnificent."

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