Kate Upton Says She Got Frostbite During SI Swimsuit Shoot

SI cover model said her body nearly shut down trying to keep her warm.

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 11:47 AM EDT
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This image provided by Sports Illustrated shows the cover of the magazine's 2013 Swimsuit Edition featuring Kate Upton.

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2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton told TODAY on Tuesday that in addition to getting frostbite during her Antarctica shoot, her body nearly shut downfrom the cold.

“It was freezing,” the sultry blonde said on TODAY. “I’m from Florida, so it wasn’t easy for me.

“When I came back, I was losing my hearing and eye sight,” she said. “My body was shutting down because it was working so hard to keep me warm.

The steamy cover features Upton without a bikini top, but a Parka instead to “keep warm.”

This is Upton’s second consecutive year on the magazine’s cover. Tyra Banks is the last model to achieve the same distinction, nabbing two covers in 1996 and 1997.

Watch Upton’s interview on TODAY below:

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