Sports Illustrated Sweetheart
Kate has become a household name, and has been in publications from the Victoria's Secret catalog to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
|Kate Upon on her third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover in 2017.|
Kate also has had her share of controversy along the way, though most of it is not of her doing. Let's take a deeper look at the delightful Kate Upton.
Kate's uncle is a long-time U.S. Representative, Fred Upton (R-MI). He is the former Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Kate went to Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. She was a championship equestrian as a teen.
Kate won three American Paint Horse Association Reserve World Championships.
Kate is a hugely successful model. Some claim that she is the poster girl for Grand Theft Auto V, even though the company, Rockstar Games, claims that they used another model as the template for the cover. It was just a coincidence that the other model was the spitting image of Kate Upton.
Kate got into modelling by answering a casting call by Elite Model Management in Miami in 2008. Elite was impressed and signed her that day.
Kate is an opinionated lady who is not afraid to say what she thinks on Twitter.
For instance, Kate tweeted her displeasure about a plan by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio to cap car-sharing service Uber's growth.
Kate may have more clout than we know about, because the very same day, De Blasio dropped his plan. Kate Upton gets results!
Upton has been on numerous covers, including the following just in the United States:
US: 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' - February 17 2012; 'Esquire' - March 2012; 'GQ' - July 2012; 'Cosmopolitan' - November 2012; 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' - March 2013; 'Vogue' - June 2013; 'Vanity Fair' - October 2013; 'V Magazine' - Spring/Summer 2014; 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit' - February 2014.
Kate has not walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but she has been in the print catalog. There is a story behind that.
There was a big controversy over why Kate was not chosen to appear in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Kate Upton has very ardent fans. Victoria's Secret stylist Sophia Neophitou, however, is not among them. She told the New York Times:
"She’s like a Page 3 girl. She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy."Strangely, enough, Victoria's Secret then published an old photo of Kate Upton on the back of its catalog - making her a Victoria's Secret model.
Kate took the high road in response to the unprovoked attack by the Victoria's Secret lady, who Kate said she had never met. She got in her own little dig by replying:
"…I don't think anything she said was that mean. Gisele's a football player's wife. Gisele's in that category so I'm good. I'm doing fine in my career, I don't need to walk down their runway so it's all good. She can think that and I can think whatever I want about her."She also said:
I had just gotten my (first) cover of Sports Illustrated [when I heard the diss]. I wasn't used to that kind of media swirl. I had never met [Neophitou], so it really came out of nowhere.The incident obviously rankled Upton, however.
Kate continued to comment on the slight for some time. She now sees the whole incident as a learning experience:
"I had never met her, so it really came out of nowhere. It was my introduction to being in the spotlight and having people you've never met have an opinion of you."
Kate is a three-time cover girl for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and appears in it every year. So far, she has bee in four straight appearances, but that could stretch to many more. Kate says that she "looks forward to their shoots every year." However, the experience has not always been completely positive for her:
After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I'm not a toy; I'm a human. I'm not here to be used.
Kate is famous for her dancing, too. Her "Cat Daddy" video for photographer Terry Richardson went ultra-viral in 2012 and, some say, propelled her to stardom.
Kate says she had no idea Terry Richardson would post her "Cat Daddy" online video online, telling Vogue UK, "I was like, that was disrespectful, you could have told me!" Kate now claims the video was shot for fun, and that she never thought it would be uploaded on YouTube for millions to enjoy.
|Kate Upton from her Sports Illustrated cover shoot.|
Kate's favorite team, though, is the New York Yankees, for whom Verlander has never played.
Kate has turned to acting. Her first film was "Tower Heist," in which she played a mistress.
Other films she has appeared in include "The Three Stooges" and "The Other Woman." In 2017 alone, Kate Upton released three films: "The Layover," The Disaster Artist" and "Wild Man."
Kate also appears on television, too, though usually as herself.
Kate was named Model of the Year for 2013 by Style Awards.
Kate was named People Magazine's Sexiest Woman in 2014.
Kate has a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger.
Kate has co-hosted for Kelly Ripa on "Live! with Kelly and Michael."
Some of the shots were done on the famous plane that simulated zero gravity that flies out of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Kate appeared in Lady Antebellum's music video "Bartender."
Kate Upton now is a legend of modelling. There is no question that she will be around for decades to come like all of the greats, gracing us with her style and presence.