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Kate Upton Floats Like A Butterfly For Her Zero Gravity Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

Submitted by on February 24, 2014 – 10:45 am2 Comments

Kate Upton has boldly gone where no swimsuit model has gone before.

For the highly anticipated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, Kate didn’t take a step on the moon, but she got pretty darn close for a high-flying, gravity-defying photo shoot. With the help of the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), the 21-year-old and the SI crew boarded a specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE, and flew out of the Space Coast Regional Airport on March 18, 2013 in Titusville, Florida.

According to a press release, once in the air, the plane “performed a series of 17 parabolas—13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity—as Upton bounced and soared through the plane for the cameras. Upton’s weightless experience was not simulated; ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless airline flights for the public.”

This isn’t the first time the model has endured extreme conditions for the men’s magazine. For her second consecutive SI swimsuit covers in 2013, the blonde bombshell stripped down to nothing but a pair of white-hot skimpy bikini bottoms for a cool shoot in Antarctica. Clearly, this girl will go anywhere and do anything to get the shot.

“The ZERO-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved,” said MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “We have been almost everywhere in the past 50 years with SI Swimsuit, but we have never done anything like this. It was certainly the most out-of-the-box shoot. Once again, Kate surprised us all with how she handled modeling in weightlessness.”

Check out behind-the-scenes video and photos of Kate Upton’s zero gravity shoot and visit Swimsuit.Si.com for more. Do you think Kate’s shoot is out of this world?

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