Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton (born June 10, 1992) is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first appearance in 2011 and was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 issues. She was also the subject of the 100th Anniversary Vanity Fair cover.
Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan and raised in Melbourne, Florida. She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former Texas state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director. Her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI). Upton's great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation.
Upton attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. As a young equestrian, she showed at the American Paint Horse Association and competed at a national level. With her horse Roanie Pony, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships — 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship, and 14–18 Western Riding. She was named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion, giving her a total of four reserve championships (2nd place). In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty. With a second horse, Zipped, she won 14–18 Western Riding and was included in the top 5 in 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure in 2009.
Career External images Upton's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 19, 2012. Upton's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 15, 2013. Kate Upton's video of the Cat Daddy posted on May 1, 2012
Upton attended a casting call in Miami for Elite Model Management in 2008 and was signed by them the same day, and she eventually moved to New York City, where she then signed with IMG Models.
Upton first modeled clothing for Garage and Dooney & Bourke. She was the 2010–11 face of Guess. In 2011, Upton appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was featured in the body paint section and named Rookie of the Year for that issue. She has since modeled for Beach Bunny Swimwear, and has appeared in Complex and Esquire as "The Woman of the Summer". Upton wore one of the Beach Bunny suits in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In April 2011, an Internet video of her doing the dougie hip-hop dance at a Los Angeles Clippers game went viral and served to increase her popularity. Guy Trebay of The New York Times observed that this served to illustrate the power of social media to bestow stardom upon a model, which had previously been the domain of top designer runway shows. In April 2012, Upton appeared in a video of herself performing the Cat Daddy dance to the song of the same name by The Rej3ctz, which also went viral.
Upton made an appearance in a June 2011 episode of Tosh.0 and participated in the 2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 2011.
Upton with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann at a premiere for The Other Woman in 2014.
Upton's acting debut was in the film, Tower Heist, as Mr. Hightower’s Mistress. It was released in November 2011. She also appeared in The Three Stooges as Sister Bernice.
Upton appeared on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, released in February 2012. As of that month, her Twitter account had a following of 170,000 people. Upton has also recounted the negative aftereffects of the 2012 Sports Illustrated cover, saying, "I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something."
Upton has appeared on the covers of Vogue Italia, British Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Cosmopolitan, French ELLE, GQ, Italian GQ, German GQ, Jalouse, Sunday Times Style, Esquire, The Daily, and Muse Magazine.
In 2012, she was ranked the fifth sexiest model by MODELS's. She ranked #3 on the American publication of AskMen's Top 99 Women for 2013. In 2012, she was listed on Maxim's HOT 100 list, citing her photo shoots with Sports Illustrated.
Upton was the cover model for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second consecutive year. Parts of her 2013 Sports Illustrated pictorial were filmed in Antarctica and Upton suffered from failing hearing and eyesight due to the extreme cold.
After getting the November 2012 Vogue Italia cover photographed by Steven Meisel and the January 2013 Vogue UK cover, Upton landed the June 2013 Vogue cover by Mario Testino. She was then photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the October 2013 100th anniversary cover of Vanity Fair.
Kate UptonModel - Date of Birth 10 June 1992, St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Mini Bio (1) Katherine Elizabeth Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Shelley Fawn (Davis), a state tennis champion from Texas, and Jefferson Matthew Upton, a high school athletics director. Her uncle is Michigan congressman Fred Upton. Upton always knew she wanted to be a model. Since signing with IMG Models in 2010, Kate has taken the world by storm. For the past two years, Kate has graced the cover of the legendary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which has led to an onslaught of media buzz about the 21-year-old. Kate's stardom was elevated to an even higher level with her June 2013 American Vogue cover shot by Mario Testino, whose byline proclaims "American Dream Girl: How Kate Upton Became the Hottest Supermodel on Earth." She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Show, The Late Show, Saturday Night Live, The Dan Patrick Show, and Le Grand Journal, and continues to be one of the most searched-for names on Google.
Beyond Sports Illustrated, Kate has been featured on the covers of Vogue Italia, British Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Cosmopolitan, French ELLE, GQ, Italian GQ, German GQ, Jalouse, Sunday Times Style, Esquire, The Daily, and Muse Magazine. She has appeared in fashion editorials for American Vogue, Vogue Spain, V Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Russian Interview, and has worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Alasdair McLellan, Bruce Weber, Sebastian Kim, Guy Aroch, Matt Jones, Miguel Reveriego, Norman Jean Roy, Josh Olins, Gilles Bensimon, Yu Tsai, Sebastian Faena, Walter Iooss, Ellen von Unwerth, and Stewart Shining. A favorite of high-fashion notables such as Stephen Gan, Tonne Goodman, Carlyne Cerf, Carine Roitfeld, and Katie Grand, Kate was also shot for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Exhibition Catalogue in 2012. Models.com exclaims, "The sexy market just got a little more competitive thanks to the meteoric rise of Kate Upton. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition was a major coup, but the momentum keeps building with cover after cover. We can't remember the last time a newbie made such a splash!"
Kate's YouTube video of her dancing to Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" last year was the number one watched video on Twitter and Google for multiple weeks. She has an enterprising reputation for creating viral hits, and the clip has over 8 million views.
Known for her vivacious personality and incredible physique, Kate has been the face for Sam Edelman, Accessorize, Guess Lingerie, Guess Jeans, Guess Accessories, Liverpool, Dylan George, and Dooney & Burke. She has also worked with Gillette, Skullcandy Headphones and Beach Bunny Swimwear, even designing a Beach Bunny Swimwear collection herself. She has starred in commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Carl's Junior and Sobe, and starred in The Other Woman (2014), by director Nick Cassavetes.
Kate resides in New York City. Kate is a five-time world champion equestrian, and she enjoys hanging out at the barn, horseback riding, and is an avid sportsfan.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: IMG Models
Trade Mark (1)Mole above her lip.
Trivia (15)A competitive equestrienne who has won a total of four championships before moving on to modeling.
Ranked #2 in Ask men's top 99 "most desirable" famous women of 2012.
(February 12, 2012) Named 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover girl.
Niece of United States Representative Fred Upton.
(February 22, 2012) Celebrity spokeswoman for Carl's Jr./Hardee's.
(February 13, 2012) Covered on the front page of the New York Times as a largely self-made internet phenomenon.
Great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Whirlpool Corporation, Fred Upton, who her uncle, Congressmen Fred Upton, is named after.
Fourth most searched for term on Yahoo! in 2012.
On the February 2013 cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the first model, since Tyra Banks, to have it in back-to-back years.
For the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was the subject of the first ever fashion shoot in Antarctica. She reports that due to the cold they could not film for more than a minute at a time and that her hearing and eyesight were failing after the shoot, those are serious symptoms of hypothermia.
One of her shoots for the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was filmed in near zero gravity on the plane G-Force One which uses steep dives to simulate zero gravity conditions.
Ranked #12 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
Is engaged to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander (2016).
Was photographed on location in Fiji for three 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers by photographer Yu Tsai.
Personal Quotes (9)[on negative remarks about her figure from pro thinness web blogger] I'm not going to starve just to be thin... I want to enjoy life and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable...
I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me... It's like any job. You find your strengths and play them up.
I want to be able to sing well, but I have the worst voice in the world. I really wanted to be a pop star like Britney Spears, but I can't.
[on being able to tell if a guy just likes her as a model or who she is in real life] I feel like a have a very strong personality, and they either really like it or they can't stand me. So I feel like they weed themselves out on their own, like "She's pretty... but she talks a lot.".
It definitely happens more often than you would think when someone comes up and you're like "He's really attractive and seems really nice," and it just doesn't work if he smells bad.
[on a change in career direction] So if I get pegged as a bikini girl, that's fine, and that can still translate into acting or other areas. But, no, I don't wanna be doing bikini shoots my whole life.
I just think that pick-up lines in general are horrible. None of them work. I just want to say, "Ah, that was really cheesy," and walk away [...] I would've been like "Oh my gosh, don't touch me!". But then there's a balance. Like this one guy was trying to be funny - he was very direct and said, "Listen, let's be friends with benefits." And I was like "Nope, I'm more of a girlfriend type.".
[on being religious] I was at a photo shoot and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like "Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious." And then they took it away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times.
[on appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated] After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I'm not a toy; I'm a human. I'm not here to be used.
|Full name at birth||
Katherine Elizabeth Upton
|Claim to fame||
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Top Sexiest Models
|Date of birth||
10 June 1992
|Place of birth||
St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
Lingerie/Swimsuit Model, Actress
5' 10" (178 cm)
141 lbs (64 kg)
The Lions - New York
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