Sports Illustrated Sweetheart
Katherine Elizabeth Upton (born June 10, 1992), better known as Kate Upton, is one of the most glamorous and notable models in the business today. She 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 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 Upon was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. She moved to Melbourne, Florida at a young age.
Kate's uncle is a long-time U.S. Representative, Fred Upton (R-MI).
Kate went to Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. She was a championship equestrian as a teen, winning 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. Judge for yourself.
|One of Kate's Sports Illustrated shots looks uncannily like the cover of GTAV.|
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 girl who is not afraid to say what she thinks on Twitter. For instance, she tweeted her displeasure about a plan by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to cap car-sharing service Uber's growth.
Uponhas 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 VSFS. Victoria's Secret stylist Sophia Neophitou 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."
Kate took the high road in response to the unprovoked attack, getting 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."
Kate 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 with four straight appearances. Kate says that she "looks forward to their shoots every year."
Kate is famous for her dancing, too. Her "Cat Daddy" video for photographer Terry Richardson went ultra-viral and, some say, propelled her to stardom.
Kate says she had no idea Terry Richardson would post her "Cat Daddy" video 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 is said to have been dating Justin Verlander. That was several years ago.
Kate's favorite team, though, is the New York Yankees.
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," "The Other Woman" and "The Layover."
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."
Kate was on flip-side cover of the 2014 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the first time that type of cover was used by that magazine. 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 fooling around with pal Lily Aldridge.|