In an interview with Elle US, Kate Upton revealed how her shoot with the men’s magazine, Sports Illustrated, the publication known to have boosted several modelling careers into the stratosphere, made her feel terrible about herself for a whole month. The after-shoot fallout had her venting her frustrations on how she was viewed by the opposite sex, complaining, “Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something.” She went on vehemently, “I’m not a toy, I’m a human. I’m not here to be used. I am a grown woman and you need to figure your s__t out.”
Elle US warned its readers that just when you think you have her figured out, that Kate will throw you a curve ball. On being treated like a ‘dumb blonde’, Kate made her views perfectly clear. “People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you.” Kate continued, “It’s actually quite funny. I’m always like, I’m about to pull something on you and you’re so focused on thinking I’m dumb, you’re not even going to know.”
The irony for the Victoria’s Secret model, who seems to want to distance herself from the very magazine that is currently keeping her in the public eye as well as probably tripling her male audience by the minute, is that she was almost never booked as a Victoria’s Secret model when the company’s casting agent once said that Kate had “the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy”, according to Eonline. Not only did Kate go on to feature in their catalog, but her modelling career took off, landing her covers in both American Vogue and Brazilian Vogue, as well as becoming a cover girl for Elle.
So why should Kate have such an issue with her Sports Illustrated image? Anyone from the fashion industry would not be so naive as to not recognize that the real reason she took the job in the first place was as a simple career move, as it was (and still is) for many other supermodels, who all happen to have come back for repeat performances. There are far worse things in life than boosting one’s modelling career by adding Sports Illustrated to one’s portfolio and it certainly never hurt the careers of Rod Stewart’s wife, Rachel Hunter (5 issues), Christie Brinkley (6), Elle-The-Body-Macphereson (5), Tyra Banks (SI’s first black cover model), Paulina Porizkova (4), Heidi Klum (8) and Cindy Crawford, all of whom graced both the cover as well as taking an inside spread.
Kate is one of the few who has had the good fortune to be able to cross over into other genres of the fashion and beauty industry that many other models cannot afford. In this business, very few make it to the top, but beware if you do; there is always someone else right behind waiting for you to slip up so they can take your place.
By Brucella Newman