Kate Upton

Not to be confused with Caitlin Upton.

Kate Upton

Upton cosplaying as Athena at G-Star to promote Game of War: Fire Age in 2014
Born Katherine Elizabeth Upton
(1992-06-10) June 10, 1992
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
  • Model
  • actress
Years active 2008–present
Website www.kateupton.com

Modeling information

Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Hair color Blonde[1]
Eye color Blue/green[1]
Manager William Morris Endeavor[2]

Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton[3] (born June 10, 1992)[3][4] 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 has also appeared in the films Tower Heist (2011) and The Other Woman (2014).

Early life

Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, and in 1999 moved with her family to Melbourne, Florida,[3] where she was a student at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.[5] She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former Texas state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director.[6][7][8] Her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton.[9][10] Upton's great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation.[11]

Upton attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.[12] As a young equestrian, she showed at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and competed at a national level.[13] 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.[14] She was named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion, giving her a total of four reserve championships (2nd place).[14] In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty.[14] 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.[14]


External image
Upton's Sports Illustrated Archived April 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. 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 the same day. She eventually moved to New York City, where she then signed with IMG Models.[15]

Upton first modeled clothing for Garage and Dooney & Bourke.[15] She was the 2010–11 face of Guess.[16] In 2011, Upton appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[17] She was featured in the body paint section and named Rookie of the Year for that issue.[15] She has since modeled for Beach Bunny Swimwear,[1][18] and has appeared in Complex[19][20] and Esquire as "The Woman of the Summer".[21] Upton wore one of the Beach Bunny suits in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[22]

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.[13][23][24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

Upton made an appearance in a June 2011 episode of Tosh.0[27] and participated in the 2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 2011.[28]

Upton's acting debut was in the film, Tower Heist, as Mr. Hightower’s mistress. It was released in November 2011.[29] She also appeared in The Three Stooges as Sister Bernice.[30]

Upton appeared on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, released in February 2012.[31][32] As of that month, her Twitter account had a following of 170,000 people.[25] Upton has also recounted the negative aftereffects of the 2012 Sports Illustrated cover, as she was subjected to criticism and felt she had been objectified.[33]

Upton has appeared in editorials for American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, and Brazilian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V, Mademoiselle, LOVE, Italian, German, and American GQ, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Esquire. She has appeared on the covers of Italian, American, and British Vogue, French and American Elle, American, Italian, and German GQ, Esquire, and Vanity Fair.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for David Yurman, Sam Edelman, Betsey Johnson, Guess?, Victoria's Secret, Express, and Bare Necessities. Since 2014, she has been the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics.

Upton with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann at the The Other Woman premiere in 2014

In 2012, she was ranked the fifth-sexiest model by Models.com[34] She ranked #3 on the American publication of AskMen's Top 99 Women for 2013.[35] In 2012, she was listed on Maxim's Hot 100 list, citing her photo shoots with Sports Illustrated.[36]

Upton was the cover model for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second consecutive year.[32][37] Parts of her 2013 Sports Illustrated pictorial were filmed in Antarctica and Upton suffered from failing hearing and eyesight due to the extreme cold.[38][39]

After getting the November 2012 Vogue Italia cover photographed by Steven Meisel and the January 2013 Vogue UK cover,[40][41] Upton landed the June 2013 Vogue cover by Mario Testino.[42] She was then photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the October 2013 100th anniversary cover of Vanity Fair.[43]

In September 2013, Upton was named Model of the Year at the 10th annual Style Awards at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.[44]

Upton appeared on the flip-side cover of the 2014 50th-anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the first time that type of cover was used by that magazine.[45] Part of her shoot took place at Cape Canaveral, capturing her in zero gravity.[46]

In April 2014, she appeared with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the comedy The Other Woman as Amber, one of Coster-Waldau's character's mistresses.[47][48]

In 2014, Upton starred with Tony Hale in Lady Antebellum's music video "Bartender".[49][50] People named Upton its "Sexiest Woman" for 2014, the first time the title has been awarded.[51] Also in 2014, Upton was the centerpiece of a $40 million advertising campaign for Machine Zone's mobile app Game of War: Fire Age.[52][53]

Upton will star with Alexandra Daddario[54] in The Layover, a road trip sex comedy directed by William H. Macy. The film follows two best friends (Daddario and Upton) on vacation as they fight over the same guy during a layover in St. Louis.

Upton plays Robyn Paris in James Franco's film adaptation of The Masterpiece,[55] about the production of The Room.

Personal life

Upton has said that her belief in God is important to her. During a photo shoot, someone joked about a cross necklace she wore, "Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious", then took the necklace from her to do the shoot. Upton stated about the incident: "I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times." As a result, Upton had a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger.[33][56]

Upton started dating Detroit Tigers baseball player Justin Verlander in late 2011, and in 2016 the couple got engaged.[57] She said while filling in as a co-host for Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly and Michael that she cannot wear Tigers' gear while watching her favorite team, the New York Yankees, play in Yankee Stadium when Verlander is the starting pitcher.[58]

On August 31, 2014, nude photographs of Upton and several other female celebrities were leaked to the Internet.[59]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Tower Heist Mr. Hightower's Mistress Cameo
2012 The Three Stooges Sister Bernice Supporting cast
2014 The Other Woman Amber Main cast
2016 The Layover Meg Main cast (Post-production)
2016 The Masterpiece Supporting cast (Filming)
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Tosh.0 Herself Episode: "Bug in Mouth Reporter"
2012 Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit 2012[60] Herself TV special; dated February 14
2012 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Maya Rudolph/Sleigh Bells"
2012 GTTV Presents MLB 2K12: The Perfect Club[60] Herself Episode dated May 24

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Result
2013 Style Awards Model of the Year Herself Won
2014 People Magazine Awards People's Sexiest Woman Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry The Other Woman Nominated
2015 MTV Movie Awards Best Shirtless Performance Nominated


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Kate Upton Profile". Fashion Model Directory. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2011.
  2. Smith, Stephanie (October 22, 2014). "Kate Upton ditches modeling agents". New York Post. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Voguepedia: Kate Upton". Vogue.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  4. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1263): 40. Jun 14, 2013.
  5. "Melbourne's Kate Upton featured on cover of Sports Illustrated". Florida Today. February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012.
  6. "Upton new Niles AD". leaderpub.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  7. Sullivan, Robert (October 18, 2012). "The New Girl: Kate Upton".
  8. Humphrysfamilytree.com
  9. "Sports Illustrated Model is Fred Upton's Niece". Politico.com, March 3, 2011
  10. Warren, Michael (July 30, 2012). "Meet Kate Upton’s Uncle: How a moderate Republican retooled for the Tea Party era". vol. 17, NO. 43 Weekly Standard
  11. "In which we learn that Kate Upton's great grandfather invented the washing machine, and paid vacations". NBC Sports. February 13, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  12. "Melbourne's Kate Upton on cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue". Central Florida 13 News. February 14, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  13. 1 2 Rovell, Darren (April 12, 2011). "Catching Up With Model Kate Upton". CNBC. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  14. 1 2 3 4 Bevis, Brittany (June 1, 2010). "Alpha youth exhibitor finds success as international fashion model". Equine Chronicle. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  15. 1 2 3 "Kate Upton". Ca.askmen.com. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  16. chandoo (February 25, 2011). "Kate Upton Guess Spring Collection 2011". MagXone. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  17. "B&C Morning Show: SI Swimsuit Model Kate Upton With Boomer & Carton". CBS Radio. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  18. "Beach Bunny Swimwear Supermodels Irina Shayk and Kate Upton Land the Cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue" (Press release). Los Angeles, CA: PRWeb. February 2011.
  19. "Kate Upton is milking cows for Complex". FHM. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  20. "Kate Upton: The "Hot Complex" Gallery, Interview & Video". Complex. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  21. Sullivan, Matt (June 17, 2011). "Kate Upton Is The Woman of Summer 2011". Esquire. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  22. "This tribute video to Kate Upton in bikinis is truly glorious". Guyism. February 26, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  23. "Kate Upton Does The Dougie At A Clippers Game", Total Pro Sports. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  24. "Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, Does 'The Dougie'". The Huffington Post. April 5, 2011.
  25. 1 2 Trebay, Guy (February 13, 2012). "Model Struts Path to Stardom Not on Runway, but on YouTube". The New York Times.
  26. Matt Donnelly (May 3, 2012). "Kate Upton: 3 days in the life of the 'cat daddy' video scandal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  27. Tosh, Daniel. "Knife or Banana". Tosh.0. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  28. "Celebrities Take To The Field For All-Star Softball Game", The Huffington Post, July 11, 2011.
  29. "Clip from Tower Heist". Viewclips.net. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  30. "Kate Upton as a Nun". December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  31. Finn, Natalie. "Top-Secret Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Leaks Early—Smile, Kate Upton!". E!. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  32. 1 2 Hendrix, Kelsey (June 10, 2015). "Celebrate Kate Upton's birthday with 23 of her hottest SI Swimsuit shots!". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on January 23, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  33. 1 2 Koonse, Emma (August 8, 2013). "Kate Upton Boyfriend Rumors Slammed, Model Talks Religion: 'I Want A Cross With Me'". The Christian Post.
  34. "Top Sexiest Models". Models.com. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  35. "#3 Kate Upton". AskMen. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  36. "2012 Hot 100: Kate Upton". Maxim. April 27, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  37. Finn, Natalie (February 9, 2013). "Kate Upton Revealed as 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover Girl". E!. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  38. Sauers, Jenna (February 22, 2013). "Kate Upton Continues to Discuss How Antarctica Practically Killed Her". Jezebel. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  39. Chan, Amanda L. (February 13, 2013). "Frostbite Plagued Kate Upton After Sports Illustrated Photoshoot -- Why Is It Dangerous?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  40. Krupnick, Ellie (October 29, 2012). "Kate Upton Vogue Italia Cover Is Model's First (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  41. Krupnick, Ellie (December 6, 2012). "Kate Upton Scores Vogue UK Cover For January 2013 (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  42. Adams, Rebecca (May 10, 2013). "Kate Upton Vogue Cover Labels Blonde 'Hottest Supermodel On Earth' (PHOTO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  43. "Introducing Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary Issue, Featuring Cover Model Kate Upton". Vanity Fair. September 3, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  44. Proud, Amelia (September 5, 2013). "Women of the hour... glass figures! Kate Upton is crowned Model of the Year by ultimate cover girl Christie Brinkley at Style Awards". Daily Mail. London.
  45. Saad, Nardine (February 18, 2014). "Surprise! Kate Upton lands Sports Illustrated Swimsuit flip cover". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  46. Sanchez, Josh (February 18, 2014). "Kate Upton does shoot in zero gravity chamber for 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue (Video)". Upsided. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  47. Nardine Saad (April 24, 2014). "Huh? 'The Other Woman' bikini scene made Kate Upton uncomfortable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  48. Amanda Dobbins (April 25, 2014). "Read Every Line Kate Upton Says in The Other Woman". Vulture. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  49. Betts, Stephen L. (June 19, 2014). "Kate Upton, Tony Hale Toast Lady Antebellum in 'Bartender' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  50. Lee, Ashley (June 19, 2014). "Kate Upton, Tony Hale Duel Over Drinks in Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  51. Schwartz, Alison. "2014 People Magazine Awards". People. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  52. Monllos, Kristina (November 13, 2014). "Game of War: Fire Age Launches First Global Campaign, Starring Kate Upton". Adweek. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  53. Tassi, Paul (November 16, 2014). "A $40M Ad Budget Buys 'Game of War: Fire Age' Kate Upton". Fortune. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  54. Dave McNary (May 8, 2015). "Alexandra Daddario Joins Kate Upton in Comedy 'The Layover'". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  55. Ford, Rebecca (December 7, 2015). "Kate Upton Joins James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  56. "Kate Upton: 'I'm not a toy ... not here to be used". MSN. 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  57. Macatee, Rebecca; Chairman, Jimmy (May 2, 2016). "Kate Upton Is Engaged to Justin Verlander, Shows Off Huge Ring at 2016 Met Gala". E! News. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  58. "Kate Upton Claims Yankees Wouldn't Let Her Wear Tigers Gear at Yankee Stadium". Bleacher Report. August 9, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  59. Joseph Steinberg (2014). "Forbes: Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence And Kate Upton Leak: Five Important Lessons For All of Us". Forbes. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  60. 1 2 "Kate Upton". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 26, 2013.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 12/4/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.