Walter Iooss lands cover of Sports Illustrated’s new Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated‘s 2012 Swimsuit Issue just hit stands yesterday—and we’re so excited that the cover photo, of 19-year-old model Kate Upton, is by Walter Iooss. Congratulations, Walter!

Kate Upton. Photo by Walter Iooss for Sports Illustrated.

Kate, who was photographed by the legendary Sports Illustrated contributor in Australia, told that the image that made the magazine’s cover “was one of the first photos from the first shoot.”

“That’s true,” Walter told me by email. “It was our 2nd shot at a beach named Narrabeen, north of Sydney. She was on a boardwalk, and I was below ground level when we shot her, in a suit that almost doesn’t exist. The first shot we did that day is the opener to the Oz story, with  her sitting on the boardwalk. It was probably the best afternoon of the trip. She is a star.”

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  1. […] Walter. Here’s a look at three spreads he recently sent me from November 2011, when he was photographing Kate Upton in Australia for Sports Illustrated‘s 2012 Swimsuit Issue, and one from an “insane” Express shoot he did amid the hubbub of Times […]

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