Kate Upton lands Vogue cover, talks famous curves
Why we love her: She was the first Aussie model to be offered a contract with Victoria’s Secret, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Plus, she got naked to protect the cuddly Koala — who wouldn’t respect that? ()
Why we love her: “Bend It Like Beckham.” “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “Love Actually.” “Atonement.” “The Duchess.” Is there any role Keira can’t play? (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: She’s unafraid of fashion risks, she seems nearly unflappable, and... well, she looks like Sienna Miller! (ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ / AFP/Getty Images)
Why we love her: It takes guts to leap into the wrestling ring — and then leap onto the dance floor of “Dancing with the Stars.” Plus, there are her nicknames: “The legs of the WWE” and “The Weapon of Mass Seduction” (Michael Buckner / Getty Images for ELLE)
Why we love her: Klum has been stalking the catwalk since 1992, but she’s hardly just a pretty face (and smokin’ bod). She won a Peabody award for Project Runway, for which she is host and executive producer. That’s the first Peabody award to a reality show. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: Have you seen Vicky Cristina Barcelona? How about all her roles in Pedro Almodóvar’s films? How can you not love a woman with that sort of talent? (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: She’s been in a comics-based action flick (“Watchmen”), a comedy (“Couples Retreat”) and a rom-com (“The Proposal”). (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: Yes, she’s cute as a button. Yes, she’s super talented. But we really love her the most because 1) she’s the voice of Meg in “Family Guy,” and Family guy equals instant adoration, and 2) she’s admitted she’s a huge fan of “World of Warcraft.” (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: She knows all things fierce. She’s tapped into every form of entertainment there is, from acting (“Higher Learning” and “Love & Basketball”), charity work (TZONE Foundation) to singing and modeling. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)
Why we love her: The leggy beauty was the first Israeli model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and she’s been on covers ever since. (Jacopo Raule / Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Why we love her: Her Oscar-winning performance in “Monster” was called “one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema” by critic Roger Ebert. Plus she’s passionately committed to helping the people of her native South Africa -- her foundation provides health services for some of the poorest regions of the country. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: Her music alone would be enough to make us happy. Add in her tireless work for children’s welfare and education and we’re smitten. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: As much as she loves kids, we should love her for that alone. She’s the right-hand woman of actor Brad Pitt, but she is a business woman and philanthropist all her own. Outside of acting, her charity work includes UNICEF, ONE Campaign and UNHCR. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: Not only is her music unstoppable, but her spirit is unquenchable: In the aftermath of an assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, she weathered the media firestorm with poise and grace. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: Ever since “Dark Angel,” she’s known how to kick ass and take names. Plus she’s committed to her charity work, even offering to work for free if producer Bob Weinstein would make a hefty donation to Amfar. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images)
Why we love her: She’s not only gorgeous, but she’s funny as hell (did you catch her on 30 Rock?), passionate about improving lives (she’s an anti-domestic violence advocate), and smart as a whip. Who wouldn’t love her? (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)
Why we love her: This quote from The Times of London, when the reporter asked her if she considered herself a role model: “It depends on what your idea of a role model is. If your idea of a role model is somebody who’s gonna preach to your kids that sex before marriage is wrong and cursing is wrong and women should be this and be that, then I’m not a role model. But if you want your girls to feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right, then I want to be that type of role model, yeah.” (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: She’s one of the hottest Victoria’s Secret angels... and so much more! She’s deeply committed to her Catholic faith, often bringing a bible to read backstage at fashion shows. (Alo Ceballos / GC Images)
Why we love her: She’s a star who doesn’t starve herself, doesn’t advertise her personal business, and stays out of the tabloids. Plus, she’s about to kick Iron Man’s butt as the Black Widow! (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Why we love her: So many reasons, but mostly because “Single Ladies” is a song we’re almost glad will be stuck in our heads for the rest of our lives. She’s also no stranger to charity work, with Survivor Foundation being the most well-known for her contribution to Hurricane Katrina victims. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Kate Upton has arrived. Again. The curvaceous blond model has landed herself the sizzling June cover of fashion bible Vogue magazine.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour appears to have finally given Upton her seal of approval, because it’s the first time she’s graced the U.S. cover, appearing previously on international versions of the sartorial codex.
The 20-year-old model, a trained equestrian who got her start in Florida at age 12, has worked her way into our lives throughswimsuit-edition covers, viral videos, popular TV ads and our daily social media consumption.
And she is beyond thrilled about it.
The girl with a signature mole has amassed more than 935,000 Twitter followers by publication time and is said to be an early user of the site’s video-sharing application, Vine.
“It’s just me sharing my life,” she said of tweeting. “I like it if it’s authentic and in the moment and happening.”
“I didn’t buy the magazines [growing up] that had models on the covers, because I didn’t know them. So I think this kind of gives me, as a model, a personality that people can connect with.”
Vogue writer Lizzie Widdicombe calls her “goofy, disarming, improbably wholesome.” Legendary photographer Mario Testino shot the cover girl in Uruguay.
But with the limelight comes harsh criticism, including claims of her being overweight, average or not that special. But her mischievous smile and buoyant confidence have elevated her to role model for some women.
“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change,” she said of her critics. “I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”
“It’s kind of funny to think, Oh, wow, the news is talking about whether I’m fat or not,” she added.
She said she has hopes of starting her very own lingerie line and has already begun her fledgling film career.
“Acting I’m very interested in,” she said. “I’m American -- more is more!”
Upton moved to Miami around the age of 15 because she had so much modeling work there and said she felt that her new curves, which “all came at once.” were embraced by the beachside city.
“In Miami, boobs are fantastic,” she said. “I was so proud of them. I was so excited. Are you kidding? I’m in Florida, and I’m constantly in bikinis. I was like, Yes! Killing it! All the girls on the beach are gonna be so jealous!”
The young model said she switched from Elite, a New York modeling agency, to IMG -- she did it with a cold call -- because her goal was to get on the cover of Sports Illustrated and become a celebrity in order to do it.
“I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that’s what it meant,” she said, later adding, “I never set out to be on the runway.”
And boy, are we glad she didn’t.
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