The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition of David Letterman’s Top 10 went off without a hitch Monday night — despite the big hitch that had happened several days before, as the much-anticipated cover of the magazine was leaked online ahead of what’s usually a big reveal on Letterman’s show.
“Normally they would all be here and they would not know which one of them had been selected for the cover,” the host said of the 10 beautiful women lined up on his stage Monday night. “But thanks to the Chinese hackers, everybody knows. You all know, don’t you? But it’s still fun, isn’t it?
More fun — or at least more heat — than two-time cover girl Kate Upton had on her shoot in Antarctica (the mag this year features swimsuits on all seven continents).
In a profile on the SI website, Upton said she could shoot only 10 to 20 frames at a time because of the brutal cold in the breathtaking environment, and that as soon as she’d had enough, folks on site would rush in with blankets and even a sleeping bag-style onesie to help her brace against the cold. She also discussed the aftermath of last year’s cover experience.
“I didn’t expect what came after the cover. If I was able to go back in time and talk to myself, I would’ve set up a little warning, what was coming after the cover. ‘Catch up on your sleep!’”
Looks as if her repeat performance afforded her just that chance.
You can watch the full Top 10 above, but here are a few of our favorites from the list of questions on the application to become a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.
From Emily Didonato: “How naked do you see yourself in five years?"
From Alyssa Miller: “Please list your three most recent employers’ measurements”
From Julie Henderson: “Have you ever used pose-enhancing drugs?"
From Katherine Webb: “How would Brent Musburger describe you?”
And from cover girl Kate Upton: “Where’s the strangest place you’ve found sand?"
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