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Kate Upton’s Weight Battle Almost Cost Her SI Cover

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Feb. 15 2012, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covergirl Kate Upton likes to eat more than your average model.

So much so that the 5-foot-10 Michigan-born stunner nearly devoured herself out of the issue entirely when she piled on the pounds last summer, an insider tells the NY Post.

“She’s not your typical model,” the insider said. “She will eat anything. She’s not assuming. She’s not into herself. She’s not very affected.”

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The casual dieting attitude had Upton, 19, piling on so much weight, pals warned her that she’d need to reverse course to continue with her lucrative modeling career.

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With that in mind, the ambitious teen quickly took to the gym and a personal trainer.

“I have to give credit to my trainer: He definitely kept me motivated in staying in shape ... I’ve always been naturally curvy, but of course I had to get used to being in the public eye,” Upton said, adding that when it comes to eating, she never deprives herself. “If I’m craving something once a week, then I’ll go have it ... ice cream or whatever, I just eat the foods I like.”

Upton was crowned with the coveted front page Monday on The Late Show with David Letterman, complete with the unveiling of the cover on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square.

Her cover marks her second appearance in the magazine in as many years, as she was the annual’s 2011’s rookie of the year.

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