Kate Upton took the plunge during a Sports Illustrated photo shoot — but not on purpose.
The swimsuit model was posing for a topless shoot on top a rock off the coast of Aruba when a wave pushed her into the shallow water.
The photo team rushed to her aid, and Upton, 25, ultimately managed to emerge from the water seemingly unscathed. She now admits she had a bad feeling about getting on the rock in the first place.
“I really saw the vision for the photo, but as I climbed on the rock I did look down and was like ‘this is going to end badly,'” Upton told Sports Illustrated.
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WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Sports Illustrated posted a video of Upton’s fall, which took place in October, to Instagram. Members of the camera crew can be heard yelling out of concern as soon as she tumbled off the rock.
Upton, who was dressed in a long skirt for the shoot, says the wave didn’t appear particularly big when she first saw it coming.
“It must have hit the rock just right and caught on,” Upton recalls in a recording that SI included at the end of the video. “The skirt whenever it’s wet with all the tools is very heavy and dragged me down.”
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Upton, who made her rookie debut in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 2011, has been the cover model for the magazine’s annual edition three times: 2012, 2013 and 2017.
This year’s cover model is Danielle Herrington, who made her first appearance for SI Swim last year.
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