Forget Kate Upton, these 2 Latina Sports Illustrated models inspire us!

The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue came out today and Kate Upton (referred to around these parts as Mexican American Jets QB Mark Sanchez's lucky lover) won the coveted cover spot.

Don't get me wrong, Kate is gorgeous, but we already know that men prefer Sofia Vergara anyway. So I was excited to learn that there’s two even hotter Latinas in the issue--and both of them are newcomers to the sexy issue! Though I bet these are there last few moments of anonymity, since Izabel Goulart and Jessica Perez are some of the sexiest girls to grace the pages of the annual special edition of the sports magazine.

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Brazilian model Izabel Goulart is no stranger to being a sex symbol, though. She’s best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and has appeared in several ads, including the H&M Fall 2009 campaign and has walked the runway for many A-list designers. What most inspires me about her, though, is her charitable work with type 1 diabetes. She’s the international ambassador with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami and promotes their leading cure-focused research work throughout her travels.

Meanwhile, Costa Rican beauty Jessica Perez was actually this year’s winner of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search and has appeared in advertising campaigns for Levi’s, Victoria’s Secret and others. But it’s her work with the Heartland Alliance, an organization that helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives, and Dog Habitat Rescue, an organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes stray, abandoned and neglected dogs, that has me inspired to do good.

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Not only are both of these Latina models beautiful but they’re doing some amazing work with charitable organizations and that’s the kind of sexy role model that I want to look up to—the one who’s beautiful on the inside as well as outside.

What do you think of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover pick? Do you like Izabel Goulart and Jessica Perez’s charitable work?

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