Kate Upton…Zero Gravity…Bikini…Va-Va-Voom!

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Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity
Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. (Credit: James Macari)

Arlington, Virginia, February 18, 2014 (ZERO-G PR) – Kate Upton and Sports Illustrated (SI) have taken swimsuit modeling where it’s never gone before. Flying with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), Upton flipped, floated and modeled in true weightlessness – as if in outer space – for SI’s 50th anniversary Swimsuit issue.

SI’s landmark Swimsuit Production hit newsstands today, complete with a major package, Upton, floating in zero gravity. For Upton, who appeared on SI’s swimsuit covers in 2012 and 2013, her weightless shoot was a way to bring modeling to new heights.

The shoot took place on March 18, 2013; Upton and ZERO-G flew out of Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville, Florida. A specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE®, 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. Upton’s weightless experience was not simulated; ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of commercial weightless airline flights for the public.

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity Kate Upton Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA Credit: James Macari

Swimsuit 2014: Zero Gravity
Kate Upton
Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Credit: James Macari

“The ZERO-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved,” said MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “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.”

Visit Swimsuit.Si.com for behind-the-scenes video and photos of Kate Upton’s zero gravity shoot.

About ZERO-G

Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. The experience offered by ZERO-G is the only commercial opportunity on Earth for individuals to experience “weightlessness” without going to space. ZERO-G’s attention to detail, excellent service and quality of experience combined with its exciting history has set the foundation for exhilarating adventure based tourism. ZERO- G has flights scheduled throughout the year in Austin, Cape Canaveral, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Visit www.gozerog.com for the most up-to-date flight schedule and to reserve your seat.

  • Chief Galen Tyrol

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I’ll be in the shower. Full cold!

  • RustyShackleford1911

    Virgin should hire her for publicity.

  • delphinus100

    I don’t know. I can’t look at that and think ‘Virgin…’

  • Hug Doug

    God Bless America… where anything is possible!

  • therealdmt

    Firefly!

  • therealdmt

    Finally, a zero g application the can arouse the public’s interest.

  • Linsey Young

    Really Doug? Can’t you boys ogle semi naked women elsewhere?

  • windbourne

    Yes, but cool to do it here as well.
    Besides, this was not just a marketing shot for SI, but for space overall.
    This will help VG if they can get their system going.

  • ksoileau

    Really Linsey? You refer to men as “boys”? Get your own house in order and learn some basic respect.

  • windbourne

    OUCH.
    but good point.

  • Claire

    Well-played.

  • savuporo

    Space nuts approve of this message

  • Steven Hunt

    So nice to see bikinis clogging up the real space news… I’m sure this will encourage my daughters to get into a STEM field :/

  • The reaction to this article is almost as interesting as the content. As new space (though this isn’t really space) matures away from a government subsidy / monopsony, customers like this that are interested in content creation and marketing cachet will become a lot more regular. If you think a young lady in a bikini is salacious, just wait…

  • windbourne

    no doubt porn will play a big part in the future.
    But that was what really got the net going.