Kate Upton appears in her very first Vogue feature in the magazine’s November issue (the one with Rihanna on the cover), and the results are surprisingly diverse and sort of wonderful. In some of the shots, Kate is still very much a swimsuit babe, and in others (such as the above picture), she’s almost unrecognizable. A couple of the shots look sort of budget, but the overall effect is quite lovely and a happy medium between her Sports Illustrated cover and her recent ill-fated attempt to go high fashion. In the interview, Kate talks about her body (of course) and stresses (once again) that she’s not willing to starve herself for her career, and good for her. Here are some excerpts:
On moving beyond swimsuit spreads: “Coming from a sports-fanatic family, I really didn’t know a lot about the small fashion circles,” says the 20-year-old. Reaching the pinnacle of swimsuit modeling was her goal, pure and simple. “When I was able to accomplish that, I slowly started figuring things out–and when I have a goal, I do everything to accomplish it.”
On her curvy body: “I don’t want to starve myself. I still want to hang out with my family and be a normal girl. You have to be confident, and that doesn’t mean starving yourself. I think it’s important to look at magazines and think a healthy lifestyle is attainable. Now that the fashion industry likes the idea of me, I’m happy if I can have an influence. When I lived in Florida, the swimsuit was the key wardrobe piece. I lived ten minutes from the beach, but I never sat there and said, ‘I want to be every man’s fantasy.’ It wasn’t a big deal to be in a bathing suit. Now, whenever girls come up to me saying they’re happy to see I am confident about my body, it makes me feel good that I am contributing in a way among people my age, people who could be my friends.”
Obviously, one doesn’t have to starve themselves to be a successful model like Kate Upton, and I wish more models had that attitude. Kate may be a bit silly at times, but she really is a positive role model for young girls who might otherwise decide to emulate the many abundant stick-insect examples within the fashion industry.
Do you like this shoot? I really do, and this shot in particular is breathtaking. Go Kate!
Photos courtesy of Vogue