Kate Upton graces the cover of Glamour magazine and opens up about body image, being pressured to lose weight as a model, social media critics. The Sports Illustrated model also reveals how she feels about being being curvaceous.
The 24-year-old model saw her fame skyrocket after landing the much-coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover. Now a few years later, with a burgeoning film career and many fans of both genders. She’s one of the three cover stars for Glamour’s October issue, sharing the honor with British supermodel Joan Smalls and actress Emily , who rose to fame as the woman in Robin Thicke’ infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ music video.
The Michigan-born and Florida-raised Upton told Glamour that she had been bullied as a teen and that, surprisingly, that became the impetus for seeking out modeling as career.
In her words, “I knew nothing about fashion growing up, because in Florida you just wear bikinis and flip-flops. But kids can be cruel, and they used to make fun of me for having long legs and bushy eyebrows.”
She went on to say, “My mom would flip through magazines and say, “Look, all these models have that too.” I decided I wanted to be a model. for, of all things, having long legs. She said, “Kids can be cruel. My mother would flip through magazines and say, ‘Look, all these models have that, too.’
And that became the turning point for her. She said, “I decided I wanted to be a model.” When asked, she acknowledged that, yes, she was pressured to lose weight. She said it happened “All. The. Time.”
Elaborating, she said, “At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic—that this is just the shape of my body. So I had to block them out. I think that the people who are the loudest about wanting to change you are the people with the least amount of vision and creativity.”
That’s certainly been proven the case, as Kate Upton has found immense fame despite not conforming to these stringent fashion-industry “norms.” She’s unabashedly curvy — and in her case that’s not a euphemism for having too many pounds and being reluctant to be called “plus size.” No, Kate Upton typifies classic curvaceousness that while aesthetically pleasing, isn’t exactly what’s celebrated in the fashion runway or — for that matter in social media.
She also revealed that she didn’t have insecurities about being curvaceous. She said, “Where I grew up, it was considered a great thing to have a curvy body to fill out a bathing suit. For that to be a negative was so confusing to me.”
She went on to say that she was “booked constantly” and was doing mostly catalog work, adding, “So when people were saying, “Oh, she doesn’t have the right look for a model,” I thought, Then why am I working every single day? There are so many different directions you can take in the modeling industry, so many ways to be successful.”
Her confidence has grown, she, revealed, as evidenced by how she approaches her workouts with celebrity trainer Ben Bruno. She said, “A couple of years ago, there was a switch for me. I used to work out to have my hips be a certain size. Now I do it for myself, because I want to be strong.”
As for social media critics and their negative comments, she said, “In the beginning it was so hurtful. But I have to say, the other day I was reading some negative comments, and I was thinking they were really funny. So I guess they don’t anymore.”
You can see the full interview here and check out Kate Upton’s Glamour magazine cover and inside photos and behind-the-scenes video below!
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