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Kate Upton's SI Swimsuit


Come behind the scenes with Kate Upton as she sees herself on the cover of the SI Swimsuit issue for the first time and talks about what the prestigious honor means.

Prestigious honor.

The New York Times also has a good profile on Upton, headlined: Model Struts Path to Stardom Not on Runway, but on YouTube.

But that was before social media altered the paths to fame.

Unlike the many little-known beauties now on view at New York Fashion Week — women seldom identified by more than one name (Agata, Hanaa, Frida, Joan) — Kate Upton, just 19 and resembling a 1950s pinup, but with the legs of a W.N.B.A. point guard, has arrived on the scene as a largely self-created Internet phenomenon.

A little nugget rom the article is VS casting director Sophia Neophitou, where she said the following:

“We would never use” Ms. Upton for a Victoria’s Secret show, Ms. Neophitou said by telephone last week from London. And, while Ms. Upton has, in fact, modeled on occasion for the company’s catalog, her look, said Ms. Neophitou, is “too obvious” to be featured in what has become the most widely viewed runway show in the world.

“She’s like a Page 3 girl,” Ms. Neophitou said, referring to the scantily clad voluptuous women featured in The Sun, a London tabloid. “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

My money is they will use her in next year's show. I think by next year the skinny girls (Karlie and camp) will not be as important for VS, and the air will be filled with interest in girls like Upton. An interest Upton herself is generating. That's my prediction.