Having starred several times before, the sizzling Kate Upton returns to the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Accordingly, the magazine has unleashed a steamy behind-the-scenes video of what went down at the shoot.

With previous locations including space and the Antarctica, the SI creative team found themselves at an inspirational dead end. Just how do you top that, exactly? The answer, of course, is to head to an idyllic beach in Fiji and have the blonde bombshell frolic in a skimpy one-piece.

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Kate has starred on the cover three times previously: first in 2011 and then again in 2012 and 2013. This time around, a selection of Twitter users were keen to point out that the model’s get up was not what would constitute “traditional” swimwear.

Oh well, we certainly aren’t complaining.

Watch the video above, and then see Bella Hadid reveal her inner Kate Moss.

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