Model and actress Kate Upton discovered that mother nature was not on her side during a topless photo shoot. In fact, recently released video of the shoot for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition showed how it went horribly wrong.
According to Fox News, the recently released video on Sports Illustrated Official Instagram page shows Upton trying to pose topless on a mound of sand while the waves behind her continue to crash. Everything goes horribly wrong when Upton takes a tumble down the side of the sand hill as a wave hits her from behind.
Upton, who has been on the cover of the SI Swimsuit edition three times in the past, will appear in the 2018 issue. After taking a dive during the photo shoot, this has proven to be the toughest year for Upton yet. The model appears in the video wearing only a skin-tone bikini bottom and an accompanying skirt.
Whether it was a bad choice by the photographer who picked the location or mother nature just didn’t want topless photos happening that day, what was certain is that Upton wasn’t ready for it when the wave hit her from behind. There’s a little comedy in everything, and watching a model get rolled off the side of a hill just as she poses for the camera is pretty funny.
However, not everyone saw the hilarity of the incident, and Upton is definitely in that category. According to the model, she almost “died.” After the sand stunt, Upton talked to Sports Illustrated about her near death experience. “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,’” she said in an interview about the moment. “I felt like I was laughing in the face of death.”
Just seconds into the video, an assistant can be seen running into the water to help Upton, grabbing her by the hand as the waves continue to come crashing in from behind them. Another person quickly joins the “rescue effort” and the topless model is saved from the brutal 8-inch deep salt water.
In the video clip, the camera crew can be heard yelling expletives from behind the camera as Upton is helped to her feet. The model could be seen trying to laugh it off and appeared to be unharmed. “I saw the next wave coming and it didn’t look that large from my point of view, but it must have hit the rock just right and caught on,” Upton says in a narration of the event. “The skirt whenever it’s wet with all the tools is very heavy and it dragged me down. Everybody was scared.”
Although the viral footage was just recently released, the incident reportedly took place in October 2017, when the SI Swimsuit issue was being shot in Aruba. Fortunately for Kate Upton, nothing too revealing was shown in the video and she was able to live to see another day. “Looking back, that probably should have been a moment when we photoshopped me on there,” Upton said.
Maybe Upton’s right about getting photoshopped into the scenery, it’s not like the crew over at Sports Illustrated would ever in a million years have an issue with using photo editing software to enhance an image in their Swimsuit edition.
Since the video was released on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, it has racked up over 170,000 views on Instagram. Although photos from Upton’s fall have been floating around the web for about 3 months, this is the first time that Sports Illustrated has released their video footage from the incident. In my opinion, if Upton wants to take photos on the beach, maybe she should pick a spot a little further away from the water or just bring a life jacket next time.