What has Kate Upton been up to? Here are 7 things to know about the 'Sports Illustrated' model.

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Kate Upton will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2017 swimsuit edition, marking her third time gracing the front of the annual special issue. 

She shared the news on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where three different covers were revealed to viewers. 

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Upton made her debut in Sports Illustrated in 2011, according to CNN, and was also named rookie of the year by the outlet. Also featured in Complex and Esquire, the model — who skyrocketed to internet fame after a video of her dancing at a Clippers game went viral — was photographed for the Sports Illustrated cover in 2012 and 2013. 

So, what has she been up to since her last cover? 

Kicking Jimmy Fallon's butt at flip-cup

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When she was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Upton played her first-ever game of flip cup. Even though she didn't go to college and lamented that she "missed out" on drinking games, Upton proved to be a natural at the game and quickly beat Fallon. 

Going Hollywood  

Upton made her big-screen debut in Tower Heist in 2011 and also appeared in 2012's The Three Stooges and 2014's The Other Woman. She can be seen next in The Wild Man and The Lover, both of which are in post-production. 

Mocking the absurdity of "high fashion"

Using the tagline "reality vs. high fashion," Upton used her own Instagram to depict the absurdity of glamorous shots, juxtaposing a chic photograph next to a shot of her doing everyday tasks. 

Getting engaged 

At the 2016 Met Gala, Upton showed off an engagement ring from Justin Verlander, a starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. The two dated for three years before he popped the question. 

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
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Going after the Kardashians on social media 

In August, Upton posted a photo to Snapchat using the "pretty" filter and captioned it, "I look like a Kardashian, nose job and all," alluding to a surgery Khloé Kardashian denied having. Given Upton's previous comments regarding body positivity and being a role model, the jab surprised her followers. 

Rising above the haters 

Upton has been labeled "curvy" by industry standards and has been the target of some online bullying. In September, she spoke to CNN about her experiences being judged:

"It takes time to get used to [cyberbullying] but eventually you just have to realize that they don't know who you are. They are going to judge no matter what and you really just have to ignore it ... I almost think the body is art, everyone's perspective is their own and it comes from their own place. People are naturally tall, short, skinny, curvy, whatever. So I feel like limiting yourself to one label isn't right, you can be everything."

Getting political on social media 

Upton took to Instagram to share her thoughts regarding football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

"Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on Sept. 11 is even more horrific. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone, no matter what race or gender, has the potential to become president of the Unites States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful."

In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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