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Overview (3)

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
Birth NameKatherine Elizabeth Upton
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Katherine Elizabeth Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Shelley Fawn (Davis), a state tennis champion from Texas, and Jefferson Matthew Upton, a high school athletics director. Her uncle is Michigan congressman Fred Upton. Upton always knew she wanted to be a model. Since signing with IMG Models in 2010, Kate has taken the world by storm. For the past two years, Kate has graced the cover of the legendary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which has led to an onslaught of media buzz about the 21-year-old. Kate's stardom was elevated to an even higher level with her June 2013 American Vogue cover shot by Mario Testino, whose byline proclaims "American Dream Girl: How Kate Upton Became the Hottest Supermodel on Earth." She has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen Show, The Late Show, Saturday Night Live, The Dan Patrick Show, and Le Grand Journal, and continues to be one of the most searched-for names on Google.

Beyond Sports Illustrated, Kate has been featured on the covers of Vogue Italia, British Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Cosmopolitan, French ELLE, GQ, Italian GQ, German GQ, Jalouse, Sunday Times Style, Esquire, The Daily, and Muse Magazine. She has appeared in fashion editorials for American Vogue, Vogue Spain, V Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Russian Interview, and has worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Alasdair McLellan, Bruce Weber, Sebastian Kim, Guy Aroch, Matt Jones, Miguel Reveriego, Norman Jean Roy, Josh Olins, Gilles Bensimon, Yu Tsai, Sebastian Faena, Walter Iooss, Ellen von Unwerth, and Stewart Shining. A favorite of high-fashion notables such as Stephen Gan, Tonne Goodman, Carlyne Cerf, Carine Roitfeld, and Katie Grand, Kate was also shot for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Exhibition Catalogue in 2012. Models.com exclaims, "The sexy market just got a little more competitive thanks to the meteoric rise of Kate Upton. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition was a major coup, but the momentum keeps building with cover after cover. We can't remember the last time a newbie made such a splash!"

Kate's YouTube video of her dancing to Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" last year was the number one watched video on Twitter and Google for multiple weeks. She has an enterprising reputation for creating viral hits, and the clip has over 8 million views.

Known for her vivacious personality and incredible physique, Kate has been the face for Sam Edelman, Accessorize, Guess Lingerie, Guess Jeans, Guess Accessories, Liverpool, Dylan George, and Dooney & Burke. She has also worked with Gillette, Skullcandy Headphones and Beach Bunny Swimwear, even designing a Beach Bunny Swimwear collection herself. She has starred in commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Carl's Junior and Sobe, and starred in The Other Woman (2014), by director Nick Cassavetes.

Kate resides in New York City. Kate is a five-time world champion equestrian, and she enjoys hanging out at the barn, horseback riding, and is an avid sportsfan.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: IMG Models

Spouse (1)

Justin Verlander (4 November 2017 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Mole above her lip.

Trivia (17)

Was a competitive equestrienne in the American Paint Horse Association who has won 5 Reserve World Championships. She won 4 championships with her horse Roanie: 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship, 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion, and 14-18 Western Riding. She won a 5th championship with her horse Colby: 14-18 Western Riding.
Ranked #2 on AskMen's "Top 99 Women" list in 2012. Ranked #3 on AskMen's "Top 99 Women" list in 2013.
Was the cover girl of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
(February 22, 2012) Celebrity spokeswoman for Carl's Jr./Hardee's.
(February 13, 2012) Covered on the front page of the New York Times as a largely self-made internet phenomenon.
Started modeling at age 15.
Great-granddaughter of Frederick Upton, one of the co-founders of the appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation. Her uncle is Congressmen Fred Upton, who has represented Michigan in Congress since 1987.
Fourth most searched for term on Yahoo! in 2012.
Was the cover girl of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the first model since Tyra Banks to have it in back-to-back years.
Her photo shoot for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was the first ever fashion shot in Antarctica. Due to the cold, they could not film for more than a minute at a time, and after the shoot had temporary trouble with her hearing and eyesight, which are serious symptoms of hypothermia.
Was the flip-side cover girl of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which was the first time the concept was used Sports Illustrated. Part of her photo shoot was done on the airplane G-Force One which uses steep dives to simulate zero gravity conditions.
Ranked #12 on Maxim's "Hot 100" list in 2014.
Was photographed on location in Fiji for three 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers by photographer Yu Tsai.
Kate says that she knew she'd made it when she moved into her Manhattan apartment and it had a washer/dryer unit.
(November 4, 2017) Married her boyfriend of 3 years Justin Verlander in an intimate ceremony in Tuscany, Italy following a year-long engagement.
Has a daughter, Genevieve Upton Verlander (b. November 7, 2018), with her husband Justin Verlander.

Personal Quotes (9)

[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.
I want to be able to sing well, but I have the worst voice in the world. I really wanted to be a pop star like Britney Spears, but I can't.
[on being able to tell if a guy just likes her as a model or who she is in real life] I feel like a have a very strong personality, and they either really like it or they can't stand me. So I feel like they weed themselves out on their own, like "She's pretty... but she talks a lot.".
It definitely happens more often than you would think when someone comes up and you're like "He's really attractive and seems really nice," and it just doesn't work if he smells bad.
[on a change in career direction] So if I get pegged as a bikini girl, that's fine, and that can still translate into acting or other areas. But, no, I don't wanna be doing bikini shoots my whole life.
I just think that pick-up lines in general are horrible. None of them work. I just want to say, "Ah, that was really cheesy," and walk away [...] I would've been like "Oh my gosh, don't touch me!". But then there's a balance. Like this one guy was trying to be funny - he was very direct and said, "Listen, let's be friends with benefits." And I was like "Nope, I'm more of a girlfriend type.".
[on being religious] I was at a photo shoot and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like "Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious." And then they took it away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times.
[on appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated] After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I'm not a toy; I'm a human. I'm not here to be used.

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