At just 21 years old, supermodel Kate Upton has already become one of the most famous faces in the world. The fun loving, tantalizing blonde has been blazing a path of Hollywood greatness for the past three years with no signs of slowing down. Unlike many other runway models, Upton has (thankfully) arrived on the scene as a highly touted and self-created Internet phenomenon.
With a growing list of magazine appearances, including many noteworthy covers (Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, French Elle, Cosmopolitan), several significant brand collaborations, and several movie and television appearances, Upton’s career seems to be just beginning. With curves for days and a bubbly, approachable personality, Upton has managed to redefine what it means to be a model in just a few short years. Thanks to this game-changing blonde bombshell, (almost) gone are the days of the stick-thin models, devoid of personality and curves.
Kate Upton was born June 10, 1992. Although born in Michigan, she was raised in Melbourne, Florida, and considers it her hometown. As a child, Upton was a skilled equestrian, winning several World Championships, among several other titles. Before the age of 17, Kate had already won five American Paint Horse Association World Championships.
Upton signed her first modeling contract in 2008, at the age of 15, with Elite Model Management following a casting call in Miami. Two years later in a valiant effort to take her career into her own hands,
Kate picked up the phone to cold call the front desk at IMG-and with just enough smooth talking and sheer determination, Kate Upton eventually landed herself a meeting with the agency’s Senior Vice President, Ivan Bart. Despite his doubts concerning Upton’s fashion know-how, Ivan Bart signed Kate to the IMG model agency, and Kate packed her bags to move to NYC.
Her early work includes campaigns with some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry, including Dooney & Bourke, Garage and Guess. She was considered the face of the Guess brand in 2010, filming commercials and appearing in several advertising campaigns spanning across a variety of mediums. Surprisingly enough, even after all of these accomplishments, Kate Upton was still practically unknown.
In this day and age, the power of social media and the Internet can make or break entertainment industry hopefuls. Luckily, Upton’s social media savvy has been an asset and has allowed her fun and goofy personality to reach millions of people around the world. Although most of us know Kate Upton through her beautifully constructed, curvaceous, boisterous bikini photos, it was actually Kate’s personality in an Internet video filmed in 2011 of Kate doing “the dougie” at a Los Angeles Clippers game that began the now supermodel’s rise to fame. Now, over a million twitter followers later, Upton has established herself as a certified celebrity.
But it wasn’t just Upton’s pretty face and voluptuous bikini body that got her to where she is now. In an interview with Bobbi Brown, posted on E! Online, Upton talks briefly about confidence. She shared that her confidence allowed her to walk into a modeling agency at the age of fifteen and walk out having signed a contract. There were times she doubted herself, particularly in the early years, she says, because of the trend of the industry at the time to profile more slender women. Yet, she again credits her confidence in herself for becoming such a popular model, despite her curvier build. She mentions that as a model, you have to be yourself and believe in yourself. And thus far, that is exactly what she proven throughout her own life.
Standing at five feet, eleven inches and sporting a 36-25-34 figure, Kate Upton is not one of your stereotypical, famished, yet beautiful Eastern European models you’ve seen dominating the runway for the past several years. Instead, Kate Upton is a confident, sporty, wholesomely proportioned young American Woman out to achieve success in her own way- whether its acting, modeling, just being cute or whipping Jimmy Fallon in a game of flip cup (yep- check out video below), Kate Upton is the bomb dot com.