Born in Michigan and raised in Melbourne, Florida, Kate Upton grew up around horses. She was attending a horse show--not as a participant, but because the event piqued her interest--at age 12 when she was Spotted by Trump Model Management. Three years later she went to Miami to become a model. She quickly gained popularity after her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and also for utilizing social media which got her signed by Ivan Bart of IMG Models. For this skillful use of the internet she was profiled on 13 February 2012 by the NY Times the same day as her second issue of Sports Illustrated, featuring her on the cover, hit newsstands.IMDb Mini Biography By: Rolf Hartmann
Mole above her lip.
A competitive equestrienne who has won a total of 4 championships before moving on to modeling.
Voted #2 on Ask men's top 99 'most desirable' famous women of 2012.
Named 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover girl [February 12, 2012].
Niece of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.
Spokeswoman for Carl's Jr./Hardee's [February 22, 2012].
Covered on the front page of the NY Times as a largely self-made internet phenomenon, February 13th 2012.
Started modeling at age 15.
Great-granddaughter of one of the founders of Whirlpool Corporation, Fred Upton, who her uncle, Congressmen Fred Upton, is named after.
4th most searched for term on Yahoo in 2012.
February 2013 cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the first model since Tyra Banks to have it in back to back years.
For the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was the subject of the first ever fashion shoot in Antarctica. She reports that due to the cold they could not film for more than a minute at a time and that her hearing and eyesight were failing after the shoot, those are serious symptoms of hypothermia.
[on negative remarks about her figure from pro thinness web blogger] I'm not going to starve just to be thin.... I want to enjoy life and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable...
I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me... It's like any job. You find your strengths and play them up.
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