Last week, we covered Kate Upton’s cover on the “seductive issue” of Vogue Italia, and the general consensus was that she looked much like a 1990s supermodel with a bit of Anna Nicole Smith in her glory days sprinkled in for good measure. The cover was both gorgeous and slightly trashy, and it’s quite obvious that Kate’s got some powerful fashion people on her side of the ring that really want to make her happen. I mean, even Anna Wintour loves the girl and gave her a glorious Vogue spread stateside, and it’s rather nice to see a busty, blonde, fun girl like Kate start to move away from bikini shots and begin to conquer high fashion in her own way.
Now the rest of the Vogue Italia shoot has been revealed, and I’m sort of at a loss. This seems like a rather gimmicky shoot designed to capitalize on Kate’s “model of the moment” status and is even titled “This girl, this moment.” Some of the shoot is admittedly lovely, but there are a few shots in particular that are quite trashy with a rather obvious Marilyn Monroe homage (in particular, it reminds me of How to Marry a Millionaire). This cigarette shot is pretty unnecessary/gross even though, yes, I know the smoking standards are different in Europe. And like, did we really need to see one of her boobs literally hanging out of a dress in order to appreciate the fashion being showcased? Of course not.
The rest of the editorial is a mixed bag. Some of it is truly gorgeous stuff, and some of it makes me wonder exactly what Vogue Italia was thinking with the styling. Obviously, Kate has a great body and some very important people behind her in the fashion world. It looks like she’s here to stay, at least for a few years, and the black and white shots are just gorgeous.
Photos courtesy of Vogue Italia