Kate Upton is an actress and model from the United States. She has been on the covers of Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary issue, ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,”Cosmopolitan,”British Vogue,”French ELLE,”Esquire,’ and ‘Jalouse,’ among others. ‘Harper’s Bazaar,”V Magazine,’ and ‘Vogue Spain’ have all featured her in fashion editorials. She is also an actress who has appeared in films such as ‘Tower Heist’ and ‘The Other Woman.’ She has appeared on a variety of talk shows, including ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ ‘The Late Show,’ ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ among others, in addition to the popular late-night comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Kate has also collaborated with some of the industry’s most well-known photographers. She has appeared in ads for businesses such as ‘Sobe,’ ‘Carl’s Junior,’ and ‘Mercedes Benz,’ among others. She’s also collaborated with the bands ‘Gillette’ and ‘Skull Candy.’ She designed a line for ‘Beach Bunny Swimwear’ while working with the company. Kate, a talented dancer, gained headlines after her YouTube dance video went viral, in which she performed to the song ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ by ‘Cali Swag District.’
Childhood and Adolescence
Kate Upton was born Katherine Elizabeth Upton to Shelley and Jeff Upton on June 10, 1992, in St. Joseph, Michigan, United States. When she was seven years old, she moved to Florida to attend the ‘Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.’
Shelley Upton, her mother, is a former Texas state tennis champion, and her father was a high school athletic director. Fred Upton, her uncle, is a member of the United States Congress.
She was an equestrian in high school, competing in national contests such as the ‘American Paint Horse Association’ (APHA). She won three ‘Reserve World Championships’ with her horse Roanie Pony and was crowned the ‘Under Reserve All-Around Champion,’ bringing her total championship count to four. She finished third on the APHA’s top twenty list for young people.
With her new horse Zipped, she won the ‘Western Riding’ and ranked among the top five in Horsemanship and Western Pleasure in 2009.
Career of Kate Upton
After signing with ‘Elite Model Management’ in 2008, Kate began modeling at the age of 15. She subsequently relocated to New York City and joined with the modeling agency ‘IMG Models.’
Her first modeling job was for Dooney& Bourke and Garage, both of which she still works for. In the 2010-11 issue of ‘Guess,’ she was the cover girl, and she also appeared in the ‘Swimsuit Issue’ of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ She was dressed in one of her own creations, the ‘Bunny Suits.’ She was dubbed ‘The Woman of the Summer’ by ‘Esquire.’
She made a video of herself dancing during a ‘Los Angeles Clippers’ game in 2011 and shared it on YouTube. Her moves drew a lot of attention, and the video became viral on YouTube. This film demonstrated the role of social media in boosting a model’s popularity, which was previously defined by her runway performance. In 2012, she also shared a video of herself performing the ‘Cat Daddy Dance,’ which resulted in a significant boost in her fan following.
Kate made a guest appearance on an episode of the American television show ‘Tosh.0’ in June 2011.
She also played in the ‘Taco Bell’ ‘All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game’ in Arizona.
Kate Upton made her acting debut in the film ‘Tower Heist,’ in which she played a cameo role. In the 2012 comedy picture ‘The Three Stooges,’ she played the part of ‘Sister Berenice.’
She was featured on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated”s ‘Swimsuit Issue’ in 2012 and 2013. During both of the shoots, she had a difficult time. The first session, which took place in 2012, received a lot of negative response and criticism, while the second shoot, which took place in Antarctica, put her in difficult weather conditions and nearly caused hypothermia.
Kate appeared in ‘The Other Woman’ in the first half of 2014, opposite Cameron Diaz and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. She portrayed ‘Amber,’ Mr. Hightower’s mistress, in the film. She appeared in the music video for Lady Antebellum’s hit “Bartender” later that year. She was also the star of a $40 million marketing campaign for the mobile game ‘Game of War: Fire Age.’
She starred as ‘Meg’ in William H. Macy’s film ‘The Layover,’ which was released in 2017. She was cast in James Franco’s biographical comedy-drama film ‘The Disaster Artist’ the same year. The moments in which she appeared, however, were not included in the final version. Two years later, she was shown in ‘Adult Interference’ as ‘Talia.’
Major Projects of Kate Upton
Kate was featured in the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’ four times, once as the ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2011 and three times as the cover model in 2012, 2013, and 2017. ‘Complex’ and ‘Esquire,’ among others, have featured her in their fashion and sports magazines. She was dubbed ‘Woman of the Summer’ by the latter. She has appeared in a number of films.
In ‘The Other Woman,’ she co-starred with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and Annie Leibovitz are among the photographers who have photographed her. She has been in commercials for well-known brands such as ‘Guess,’ ‘Express,’ ‘Victoria’s Secrets,’ ‘David Yurman,’ ‘Bare Necessities,’ and others. She was named the “new face” of ‘Bobbi Brown’ cosmetics in 2014.
Achievements & Awards
In 2012, she came in third place on the ‘AskMen’ web portal’s ‘Top 99 Most Desirable Famous Women’ list.
In the same year, ‘Models.com’ named her the fifth sexiest model. Her daring photo assignments for ‘Sports Illustrated’ earned her a spot on the ‘Hot 100’ list of ‘Maxim’ magazine.
In September 2013, Kate was named ‘Model of the Year’ at the 10th Annual Style Awards in New York at the ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.’
In 2014, she received the ‘People Magazine Award’ for ‘People’s Sexiest Woman.’
She was nominated for a ‘Teen Choice Award’ in the ‘Choice Movie: Chemistry’ category for her role in the film ‘The Other Woman.’ For the same part, she was nominated for a ‘MTV Movie & TV Award’ for ‘Best Shirtless Performance.’
Personal Experiences of Kate Upton
Kate considers herself to be a devout Christian. She was criticized for wearing a cross necklace during a photo shoot. She was shaken by the encounter and felt objectified as a result. She later got a crucifix tattooed on her ring finger.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian dancer, with whom she had a brief romance in 2013.
In 2012, she met Justin Verlander while filming an MLB ad. Verlander is a Major League Baseball pitcher who now pitches for the Houston Astros (MLB). Kate began dating Justin in 2014 after her divorce from Maksim. In April of 2016, they announced their engagement. On November 4, 2017, the pair married in Tuscany, Italy.
The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter called Genevieve, on November 7, 2018.
She has spoken out against objectification and the need of treating models with respect on numerous occasions. She needed a long time to recover from the negative reaction and comments she received after her initial appearance on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated.’
Kate is frequently angered by how models are treated. She chooses to drown out the criticism and focus on enjoying her profession whenever she hears harsh and rude comments about her voluptuous shape.
Estimated Net Worth
Kate Upton has a net worth of $20 million dollars.