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Speaking seriously for a moment, the more people talk about this shoot, the more w wonder: did Sports Illustrated have a safety consultant for this little expedition?
Yes, Sports Illustrated traveled to Antarctica in December, which is the summer. Yes, the magazine apparently used as a base of operations one of those luxury cruise ships that takes off from Argentina and heads south to the Antarctic islands, writes Jezebel.com.
But it is still f...ing cold where they were shooting. Average summer temperatures in, for example, the South Shetland islands off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula are around 1.5 C (34.7 F). The Peninsula itself apparently ranges on average from -4.5 C to 1 C in the summer.
That doesn't account for wind chill, which researchers say can make going outside virtually impossible once the wind hits 20-30 M.P.H. (That's only a "Fresh Breeze" on the Beaufort Scale.) And Kate Upton is obviously posing on snow and ice. Did the magazine have a contingency plan for hypothermia? Did a doctor consult on this shoot? Anyone with experience in Antarctic exploration and safety? Because all kidding aside, this could have been really dangerous.
Let's not forget there's a pretty long history of people (most of whom were better far prepared than your average fashion magazine team!) going to Antarctica and ending up dead.
Anyhow, some motnh ago, when Ellen DeGeneres quizzed Kate Upton about her new Sports Illustrated cover. "This seems hard to swim in," offers DeGeneres of Upton's cover look, which included a jacket. "Well, Antarctica is also a hard place to swim in," replies Upton.
In the rest of the clip, Upton speaks in an inoffensively media-trained kind of way about the cover shoot, which took place in Antarctica (Sports Illustrated had a "seven continents" theme this year).
Asked how she got through the shoot, Upton laughed, "Think warm thoughts." The model admitted she could only hold a pose for a minute at a time before she had to break and wrap up in blankets.