The magazine announced the news on Thursday and debuted the cover for its July/August issue, which features the 25-year-old model on the front.
"You know, I work really hard on myself: on feeling good, working out, being strong," she told the publication. "Being number one on the Hot 100 is a little reward for all of the hard work."
Upton joins a star-studded list of Hot 100 honorees. Hailey Baldwin topped the list last year and Stella Maxwell and Taylor Swift landed the no. 1 spot in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Upton is ready to stretch her limits this year beyond modeling, though, with her newly launched 12-week fitness program and meal-delivery service, Strong4Me Fitness by Kate Upton. "I wanted to give every woman the access to information that I have," she explains. "When I'm preparing for a role or a shoot, the easiest way for me to get into shape is not to think about it or worry about it. Now, every woman will have what I have."
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