Kate Upton posed under zero gravity conditions for a one-off photoshoot for Sports Illustrated’s 50th edition. Clad in a tiny gold bikini, the model swung upside down and all around as she was photographed in a Zero Gravity Plane at the Space Coast Regional Airport at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Her blonde curls swung around her face as the 21-year-old model floated in space – in conditions perfected to allow astronauts to train for their missions. Video showed Kate Upton attempting to keep her curves inside her tiny swimsuit as she twisted and turned, while assistants threw accessories her way. Water droplets floated around her face as she smiled for the camera.
With a hair stylist to keep her locks under control, make-up artist, photographers, videographers and editors all onboard, there was a crowd watching as grinning Kate proved ever the professional. The shoot took place on a specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE, which performed a series of 17 parabolas – 13 zero gravity and four replicating lunar gravity – as Upton bounced and soared through the plane for the cameras.
The weightless experience was not simulated. ZERO-G is the first and only FAA- approved provider of commercial weightless airline flights for the public. ‘The ZERO-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved,’ MJ Day, senior editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, said. ‘We have been almost everywhere in the past 50 years with SI Swimsuit, but we have never done anything like this.
‘It was certainly the most out-of-the-box shoot. ‘Once again, Kate surprised us all with how she handled modeling in weightlessness.’ While fan favourite Kate Upton has covered the previous two editions of the magazine, the editors obviously realised they needed a new direction this issue. But while Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge featured on the magazine’s cover, Kate still made an appearance – on the back.
Posing in a tiny pink bikini, she showed just why she has become so popular.