The shape of things to come? Kate Upton shows off her curvaceous figure in bikinis... as she's tipped to bag Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

By Kirsty Mccormack

Strutting her stuff: Kate Upton walked the runway during the presentation of the Beach Bunny swimwear at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Florida yesterday

She's only 19-years-old but Kate Upton certainly knows who to work the catwalk.

The blonde model strutted her stuff at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swimwear show in Florida yesterday.

Showing off her curvaceous body in a variety of Beach Bunny swimwear, Upton even models a floor-length veil to match a bridal-esque two-piece.

Front and back: The 19-year-old showed off her curvacious body in variety of bikinis

The Michigan-born star posed with her hands on her hips as she highlighted her bust in a black and white gingham bikini as well as blue sequinned style.

Upton wore her blonde hair down and finished her look with some bright red lipstick and matching nail varnish.

The Victoria’s Secret model - who is rumoured to be dating Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez - made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut last year and is rumoured to be on the cover of this year's issue.

Bridal bikini: The blonde even modelled a floor-length veil on the catwalk

Luxury beachwear: The model finished off her look with bright red lipstick and matching nail varnish

'All I can really say is that I’m in the issue,' Upton told Page Six.

She revealed that she will be missing the New York shows because she’ll be promoting the issue, including attending a launch party at Pure in Las Vegas next week, but finished by saying: 'Fingers crossed!'

Last year the magazine chose to use Russian lingerie model Irina Shayk - girlfriend of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo - for the cover, and judging by Upton's latest catwalk appearance, she could certainly give Shayk a run for her money.

Other cover candidates include fiancée of singer John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Russian model Anne V who is currently dating Maroon 5 star Adam Levine.

'There’s no clear front-runner,' a source told the New York Post.

'There’s a lot of talk about Kate in general. But the idea of American versus international has never been a part of the debate. It really comes down to the best picture wins.'

In 2011, Upton featured in the body paint section of the annual issue and was also named Rookie of the Year.

Also in the running to appear on the cover is Genevieve Morton, a South African model who debuted in the 2010 SI Swimsuit issue, and California-born Alyssa Miller who made her SI debut last year.

The cover will be unveiled on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 13.

Bathing beauty: Victoria's Secret model Kate Upton seen at the Supermodels Celebrate the 2011 Swim Collection launch last March