Upton has made the journey from little-known bikini model to international supermodel with phenomenal speed.
Her appearance on the cover of U.S. Vogue only two years into her professional career suggests that the sky is the limit for the Florida beauty, who started modeling locally at age 12.
The magazine praises her for down-to-earth sensibility and calls her “the hottest supermodel on Earth.” Indeed, her personality is infectious.
The 20-year-old model creates a sensation whenever she appears in the media, whether its swimsuit-magazine covers, television commercials or simply viral videos of her dancing.
The 5’10″ tall model, who turns 21 next month, may well be the first supermodel discovered on the Internet. She became a YouTube phenom at 18, thanks to a seemingly innocuous clip of her dancing the “Dougie,” during a break in an L.A. Clippers game.
Upton, who is known for her luscious curves, has weathered some criticism that she’s a bit sloppy or tends toward the bimbo-esque.
“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change,” she says. “I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural!” she tells the magazine. “I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me!”
Don’t equate her upbeat attitude and openness for lack of intelligence. She’s career oriented, sets goals and accomplishes them. “I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals,” she said. She’s also an accomplished equestrian.
She now sees herself as a brand. “I never set out to be on the runway,” she said. “I feel like I trust my career path. I would love to have my own lingerie line.”
Kate also has an eye on Hollywood. “Acting I’m very interested in,” she said. “I’m American — more is more!” Makes you want to stand up and salute.
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