As a female, empowerment can be a dangerous tool. How women in the entertainment industry manage empowerment sometimes invites critique. In a recent interview, Upton complained about the results of her Sports Illustrated cover and stated most men she met were married or engaged and she felt like she was being used. Upton can join the slew of women who have endured the same. Her hypocrisy can be summed up in her own words: “After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month.” But not so terrible to turn around and do another, apparently.
Upton has been seen in oodles of scantily clad outfits emblazoned on high-fashion magazines like Vogue, GQ (remember the Popsicle?) and of course Sports Illustrated. It is baffling that she says she feels terrible about being a sex symbol. It seems contradictory of the model to start feeling bad, especially after her infamous Carl’s Jr. commercial.
She has thrived in an industry that signifies the mantra of “sex sells,” which is why the hypocrisy of her statements almost seems suffocating. We highly doubt the voluptuous beauty would be ignored as a librarian, but nevertheless she chose a field that highlights and displays her greatest physical assets to the world. There is such a thing as owning it, instead of embarrassingly admitting she feels bad about a cover, only to turn around and do another, then star in commercials and ads that focus on the same essence of what she displayed on the SI cover and beyond.
Ironically, Upton is also in production for the movie ‘The Other Woman,” which focuses on a girlfriend and wife teaming up to seek revenge against a cheating husband. Upton has every right to display her distaste for married men hitting on her, but where the irony overwhelms is her inability to see herself as she really is: a sex symbol who flashes a lot of skin, a sexy smile and artfully disarrayed hair.
If Upton wants to show her worth, she should not give interviews where she tears down the fabric of her own creation. Tully Corcoran over at Fox Sports stated it best:
“This is all a little like a standup comic complaining that the laughter is too loud while simultaneously obsessing over the one person in the room with their arms crossed. The trouble for someone in Upton’s position isn’t that she’s wrong, it’s that the audience she’s speaking to only knows her as the girl in the pictures or the girl who . . . makes out with a patty melt.”
The best advice that can be given to someone who dominates a field that thrives on image, appearances and sexiness? Own it. Make no apologies for it, and stop playing the victim. It is hypocritical and confusing to those who have seen the endless amount of pictures of a barely-there outfit on the model. Upton makes her bank from the pictures she poses for and shares. There is no foul or harm in it. The only embarrassment and slight lunacy is acting like the world should immediately dismiss what is publicized and instead seek out the inner person from a magazine cover or commercial.
To viewer Kelly-thanks for catching Carl’s Jr!