Entries in Sports Illustrated (6)


Teen Who Asked Kate Upton to Prom Takes Another Sports Illustrated Model

@NinaAgdal/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- The supermodel who accompanied Jake Davidson to his prom may not have been Kate Upton, but the Los Angeles high school senior didn’t seem to mind one bit.

Davidson, who was turned down by Upton after his YouTube “prom-posal” went viral, managed to land a first-class backup date when Nina Agdal, the model Sports Illustrated named Rookie of the Year, agreed to attend his prom with him.

If their Instagram pictures and tweets are any indication, the 21-year-old Danish model and Davidson had a smashing time together Thursday night at the prom.

Agdal wore a floor-length green halter gown with her hair swept into a pony tail, while Davidson looked dapper in a tuxedo, as they posed together for photographs outside of his home.

Davidson had asked Upton to be his date in a March 16 video that went viral, garnering more than 2.5 million views.  In the clip, Davidson  is seen lounging on a reclining patio chair, lathering up before a shave, practicing  push-ups and shampooing in the shower.

“You’re on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I read Sports Illustrated. …  Kate, great moments are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here today. A chance to make a nice guy’s senior year the best ever,” he says in the video.

The high school senior’s plea, showing  no small amount of chutzpah when he coyly asked   if he could call Upton Katie, made it to the 20-year-old  cover model, who  soon tweeted back to Davidson.

“You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video!  I’ll check my schedule (wink),” she wrote.

Alas, when Upton finally did check her schedule, the “maybe” turned into a definitive “no,” but after Thursday night’s prom, it’s safe to say Davidson still had the best night ever.

“Had such a great prom night. Thank you @jakedavidson23 for being an awesome date! ” Agdal tweeted when the night was over.

“You are the best! thanks so much for everything,” Davidson replied, but the supermodel had the final word.

“You are!” she tweeted. “Thank you babe.”

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“Sports Illustrated’s” Swimsuit Issue Photo Shoot: Racy or Racist?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With a hot cover photo of model Kate Upton on this year’s Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, the magazine created a big buzz about photo shoots on all seven continents.

But this year, beautiful models in barely there bikinis are in the middle of a controversy brewing over some photos and video the magazine posted online that did not make it into the magazine — particularly photos taken in Africa and China.

Some people are calling them insensitive.

“For me, the African picture was probably the most offensive because it played on some of the most old and stereotypical images, it showed the African as primitive as almost uncivilized,” said Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University.

On the website Jezebel, Deputy Editor Dodai Stewart is also critical of the photos.

“Using people of color as background or extras is a popular fashion trope … but although it’s prevalent, it’s very distasteful … people are not props,” Stewart wrote.

One of the models, Emily Didonato, talks about her shoot on SI’s website:

“It was such a cool experience to shoot with someone like that, something completely different from anything I’ve ever seen or someone I’ve met in my life,” she said.

In response to the controversy, Sports Illustrated gave ABC News the following statement:

“Since its inception, the swimsuit issue has been a showcase for beautiful women and exotic locations. This year’s edition went to all seven continents, something that no other publication has done, to present the natural beauty of each setting and its people.  We apologize to anyone who has taken exception to the way their culture was represented.”

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Kate Upton Graces Cover of “Sports Illustrated’s” 2013 Swimsuit Edition

Tony Barson/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Model Kate Upton is back on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue for the second year in a row.

Upton goes “polar bare” — wearing only a hooded white parka and bikini bottom.

Last year, she was featured on the cover wearing a red bikini.

The last model to grace the cover of the swimsuit issue two consecutive years was Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997, according to Sports Illustrated.

The issue will hit newsstands on Tuesday.

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Kate Upton: Not Fit for Victoria’s Secret?

Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- You’d think 19-year-old Kate Upton – on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue – would be the toast of the town right now.  But the women who casts the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show said she’d never let Upton walk that coveted runway.

Sophia Neophitou told the New York Times that “we would never use” Upton because her look is “too obvious” to be featured in the high profile production.

“She’s like a Page 3 girl,” Neophitou said, referencing the busty, barely clad model featured in The Sun, a London tabloid. “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Upton’s rep didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Video Games: 'NBA 2K12' the Best Sports Title of 2012?

2K Sports(NEW YORK) -- The best sports video game of the year is NBA 2K12, according to Sports Illustrated's Paul Ulane. In fact, he goes further, calling it the best sports game he's ever seen.

"It really gives you an amazing basketball simulation, but it also combines that with the experience of being able to play from different eras with different players. And that's something that we have never really seen before in any sports game, let alone a basketball game," noted Ulane.

NBA 2K12 is available for all major gaming platforms.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Get to Know Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Irina Shayk

Photo Courtesy - Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated(NEW YORK) -- Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover of its 2011 swimsuit issue Tuesday.

Russian model Irina Shayk glows on it, kneeling in the sand, basking in the sun, soaking up her moment in the spotlight.

Shayk, 25, hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. After winning a Russian beauty pageant in 2004, she began pursuing a career in modeling. In 2007, she made her SI swimsuit issue debut inside the pages of the magazine and has appeared in every swimsuit edition since then. She's also modeled for Lacoste, Guess, Armani Exchange and the lingerie brands Intimissimi and LaPerla.

Shayk is reportedly dating soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo; the two are rumored to have met through their gigs modeling for Armani Exchange. 

The cover of SI's annual swimsuit extravaganza has launched many careers, including those of supermodels Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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