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Kate Upton went from SI Rookie to Sports Illustrated cover girl in 2012. 
So grown in such a small amount of time, Kate took the spotlight and made it her own. She hit the dougie, and became the most wanted model in the industry.

PHOTOS: Kate Upton Covers The 2012 SI Swimsuit Issue

But what about this year’s rookie class? They are all lovely, they are all hot and tasty and all of them are unique in their own way.

PHOTOS: The 411 On Kate Upton: The Hottest Model Ever

Crystal Renn was a plus-sized model who shed the pounds to become a SI Swimsuit model.

Nina Agdal grew up playing basketball and once said to King James, “Damn, you’re scary!” We’re also pretty sure she believes she has a better three pointer than Jeremy Lin! 

The beautiful Michelle Vawer swam 8.8 miles across the Auau channel and admits she was a little delirious after the five and a half hour trek. No wonder she was recruited by Yale Universary.

One SI rookie even has a little video vixen in her; Kirby Griffin starred in a Sean Kingston video. 

The irresistible Jessica Perez has a psychology degree from Hunter College in New York. 

Lastly, Adaora is truly a rookie, being that the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is the first time she has ever done any lingerie or swimsuit modeling at all.

So flip through our gallery and check out these lovely models who got their feet wet in Sports Illustrated. Let us know who you’re feeling the most!

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