NEW YORK, N.Y. - Few would think about swimming in Antarctica, but Sports Illustrated took its models there for its annual swimsuit issue — shooting on all seven continents for the first time.

The around-the-globe effort will be chronicled by the Travel Channel in a special on Feb. 17. Sports Illustrated said Tuesday it's the first to do a fashion shoot in Antarctica, where temperatures were subfreezing.

Among the locations featured are Namibia, China, Australia and Easter Island, one of the most remote places on Earth.

Swimsuit magazine editor MJ Day says it took seven months to complete.

Sports Illustrated will reveal its cover Monday. It can be a star-making opportunity. Last year's cover model was Kate Upton. The magazine hits newsstands Feb. 12.

LOOK: Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue 2012

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  • Alyssa Miller

    See more of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012_swimsuit/models/alyssa-miller/?xid=aolswim12" target="_hplink">Alyssa Miller</a> at SI Swimsuit 2012

  • Bar Refaeli

    See more of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012_swimsuit/bar-and-the-boys/?xid=aolswim12" target="_hplink">Bar Refaeli</a> at SI Swimsuit 2012

  • Irina Shayk

    See more of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012_swimsuit/models/irina-shayk/?xid=aolswim12" target="_hplink">Irina Shayk</a> at SI Swimsuit 2012

  • Adaora

    See more of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012_swimsuit/models/adaora/?xid=aolswim12" target="_hplink">Adaora</a> at SI Swimsuit 2012

  • Kate Upton

    See more of <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012_swimsuit/models/kate-upton/?xid=aolswim12" target="_hplink">Kate Upton</a> at SI Swimsuit 2012

MEET: Last Year's Swimsuit Issue Cover Model

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  • Vogue US, June 2013

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  • Harper's Bazaar, April 2013

  • Vogue UK, January 2013

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  • Vogue Italia, November 2012

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    20 year-old Kate Upton denies rumors that she was drinking alcohol at a Detroit Tigers baseball game (TMZ Photo)

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    "The Many Talents Of Kate Upton" presented by GQ and shot by Terry Richardson (Youtube)

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    Kate Upton at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS (Getty photo)

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    "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Getty photo)

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    Cannes Film Festival (Getty photo)

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    Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail Reception following the 2012 White House Correspondants' Association Dinner (Getty photo)

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    Kate Upton dances the "Cat Daddy" for Terry Richardson (Youtube)

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    Kate Upton's famous Youtube video where she dances the "Dougie" at a Los Angeles Clippers game (Youtube)

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