People Staff
February 14, 2012 03:30 PM

Kate Upton is in rarefied company now that she’s landed the latest swimsuit cover of Sports Illustrated, but it wasn’t exactly hard work.

“I just have a lot of fun and be myself,” she told PEOPLE. “It just comes so naturally.”

What else comes naturally to the 19-year-old model? Loving dogs, especially her pet pooch Boots, who often travels with Upton and gets spoiled with room service wherever she goes.

Upton isn’t alone in her love of dogs. While doing press for the swimsuit issue Tuesday morning, she met another famous pal to canines: Martha Stewart.

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