Was Kate Upton originally supposed to cover April’s Vogue?

Kate Upton

Kate Upton appears in the April issue of Vogue (the one with Kimye on the cover). Even if you’re not an Upton fan, I think you’ll agree that Anna Wintour should have put Kate on the cover instead (with a different shoot). E! claims to have a source who states that Kate was originally supposed to be on the cover “before the decision was made to use Kim and Kanye instead.” However, another source “close to Upton denies the model ever expected to be on the cover.” So whatever happened, Kate does not sound disappointed. She covered US Vogue in June of 2013, and has also covered Vogue Brazil, Italy, and UK.

Kate gets pretty heavy coverage in this issue with an interview and an overly-Photoshopped editorial. The shoot is very sterile compared to the usual Upton fare. Kaiser noted that this photo looks like Kate’s bust has been digitally whittled down. I’m not a fan of what Vogue has done here, but this whole issue is pretty much a bust anyway thanks to Kim K.

Kate is promoting a few things with this feature. She’s about to tour for The Other Woman (which looks like a fun movie). She’s also been named the new face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics. Vogue compares her to Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, and Jean Harlow in a lengthy piece about social media. Kate also made a dance video, which I’ve included at the bottom of this post. These interviews are a mess, but here are some excerpts:

On her new Bobbi Brown gig: “Makeup is very important in making me feel either confident or sexy, but it doesn’t define how I feel. I love my body and I love my job, so it’s fun to play around with different looks; makeup helps you do that. But I always find it to be more of a compliment when people call me happy rather than sexy. I am a happy person, and I hope that comes across.”

Dougie-ing her way to the top: “I had no clue. I wasn’t the target audience. I grew up in Florida, where you walk around in flip-flops and jean shorts. I didn’t know the fashion world. It really happened in an organic way, wanting to do jobs that I loved.”

She didn’t grow up on cell phones: “Who would I call? I was out at the barn every day. I barely watched TV. People think I am an expert on social media, but I am still trying to figure it out, too. How much do you want to put yourself out there? Well, I am out there. There’s no turning back for me. Now I overthink it. Like, ‘Ugh, are people going to understand this joke?’ Before, I had no filter because I had, like, 100 followers.”

What do her parents think?: “Hold on, let me think. Well, they never sit there and say, ‘Why did you do that?’ Because I always talk about things with them before I take a job. I don’t really ask for their permission. But I will say, ‘I really want to do this.’ And they understand. It’s just part of my personality, and maybe some things I took too far, but … I like being sexy.”

Is there anything she won’t do? “Yes, I definitely have limits. But I never like to say never because I feel like I’m setting myself up. There’s a line between becoming, you know, a little cheap and cheesy versus being sexy. And I try to be very careful of that line.”

Did Marilyn Monroe’s volcanic sexuality destroy her? “Maybe it was drugs and alcohol that destroyed her. Maybe having no family support destroyed her. What I try to do–and it took me a little while to learn–is to only do things I really believe in so that it’s more of a collaboration. That way, I’m not pretending to be someone I’m not. I’m not putting out this, Look at me! I’m sexy! and then feeling like a fake, which would lead to feeling depressed and empty inside.”

[From Vogue]

I find it interesting how Kate’s talking about “cheap” versus “sexy” in the Kim Kardashian issue of Vogue magazine. Kate’s not throwing any shade because she probably wasn’t aware that Kimye would be on the cover! Kate isn’t a shade-thrower in the first place. I just find this funny.

Vogue describes Kate as kindling a “selfie-made rise” to the top of the fashion world. Her excerpts are buried within Vogue’s dissertation about how models are pushing themselves on social media (whereas the 1990s supermodels never needed Twitter). Is Kate really that huge of an online presence? Compared to models like Chrissy Teigen and Brooklyn Decker (who are the Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan of the model-selfie world), Upton seems downright bashful on her Twitter page.

Vogue made this video of Kate dancing with two other Kate Uptons. I’m not sure what’s going on here.

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

Here are some photos of Kate at an Express runway show in South Beach, at lunch in LA, and at an SI event earlier this month.

Photos courtesy of Vogue & WENN

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42 Responses to “Was Kate Upton originally supposed to cover April’s Vogue?”

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  1. Froggy says:

    That’s rich coming from a mag with Kim on the cover.
    I love that this interview is in that issue. Surprised Vogue allowed it.

  2. littlestar says:

    Whoa, in the first photo her face is so altered I would have had no idea that was Upton if I had just seen the pic without reading the article.

    Anyway, it’s going to be VERY interesting to see what if anything happens to Vogue or Anna Wintour in the next little while…..

  3. FLORC says:

    These pics of overly photoshopped.

    And that video was very odd. Was thre a purpose for it? Maybe i’m missing the joke or point of it.

  4. Mia4S says:

    Thank god a post about this where I don’t have to give those gross K people a hit.

    Anna Wintour went low rent! It’s an amazing moment! It’s like Smaug the Dragon exposing his weak scale! She has never shown weakness before but there it is. Let’s see if anyone goes for the kill shot.

  5. wowsa says:

    Kate looks STUNNING in the sapphire gown. The retouch is a bit heavy on the body, but she’s killing it. And I want the dress!

  6. ataylor says:

    I really like that last shot of her in the black dress. Gorgeous. WTF was Anna thinking putting those other people (whom I shall never mention by name again) on the cover?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Lol, we should all refer to them as the evil pair we will never call by name.

    • Stacey says:

      Why does Anna Wintour’s opinion mean anything? To me, I see that she okayed the ridiculously obvious photoshop of Kate Upton. Kate Upton’s body in the video and the “body” in these photos don’t look remotely the same. Whats so wrong with Kate’s real body Anna. Anna Wintour approved THAT bs photoshop?! Why isn’t anyone outraged over that sexist patriarchal imagery?

      Who cares that she put Kimye on the cover at this point. It’s a magazine cover of some shallow materialistic magazine. Who cares what they do. Vogue is so pretentious and goopy.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’m not the first person to say this on here, but enough with the comparisons to Marilyn Monroe. Everybody can’t be the next MM. It’s just so stupid. If your blonde, if you have curves, if you’re sexy, if you’re famous, ENOUGH.

  8. Jegede says:

    I can believe this
    The blogs can hate on her till the day is long but Kate is a model who actually sells!

    The outrage over her June Vogue cover forgot that fact that she delivered one of the healthiest Vogue sales last year, with Katy Perry delivering the worst.

    Upton has since featured on the cover byline of Vogue three times (including this issue) so Vogue must believe she has an audience. Somewhere.

    And that would tally as to the reason why she has covered SI thrice in a row the first person to do this since Elle Macpherson

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Aaaaand despite all, she has a boxy frame and unmemorable face that do her no justice as a model. She’s also proven time and again that she has no personal style or fashion sense. Let’s just call this one the Vogue Trolling Issue and forget about it. Another rich heiress who got famous. Whoop dee doo.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      I agree she’s not my favorite model – Bianca Balti, an Italian beauty, beats Kate – but at least she’s a model, not a skanky p-ssed-on famewhore, and until the fashion industry decides to bring back the classy, elegant, distinctive top models of the 80s and supers of the 90s, models like kate will have to fit the bill.

  9. G. says:

    I’m not a big Kate fan but I’d much rather have an actual model on the cover of Vogue. Can we go back to that please?

  10. eliza says:

    At least she is a model and someone that knows how to naturally pose for the camera.

  11. Micah says:

    Not that I don’t like Kate, I just find her completely over rated in the “Model” dept.

    Her looks, are “catalog pretty”, but she’s no “Knock out”.
    I still don’t dislike her anyway, it’s just I feel “Meh” about her.

    I too am sick of anyone giving that “OLD comparison to Marilyn”.
    Not only is that line old, it’s outdated, and tiresome.
    Kate is kate, Marilyn is Marilyn. No comparison .

    Not that I give a (rats a**) what Vogue has to say about anything anymore, considering the cover lapse in judgement, I still would have preferred Kate on the Cover instead of those 2 di**s.

  12. Illyra says:

    They went overboard with the retouching. Not just her body, her face too… they took the fullness out of it. Her cheeks are adorable, leave them alone Vogue!

  13. Evi says:

    I’m amused by how offended people are about Kim and Kanye on the cover of Vogue. Some people have gone all out, in their rage, to say that Vogue has no values [for putting them on the cover]. What values? It’s a fashion magazine. For goodness sakes, people need to get over it.
    If Vogue doesn’t put a thin blonde on the cover, it’s the end of the world…

    • Red32 says:

      It’s not about thin and blonde and it’s not about race. The Kardashians represent everything that is wrong with pop culture. No talent, just sex tapes and smelling each other’s vaginas to see who smells better (no, really, that happened, on TV). Kim wears incredibly expensive clothes in the wrong size and makes them look terrible. She can’t smile anymore because she’s so botoxed. I’m not outraged, but it pisses me off when people say that others are not entitled to their opinion or are mean for canceling their subscriptions. No one is obligated to financially support a business they don’t agree with.

      • Stacey says:

        It is hypocritical and people can’t see that. You were buying into the same shallow bs from Vogue before Kimye was on the cover, they just packaged it differently and sold it you with photoshopped pictures of models instead of Kimye types.

      • Dawn says:

        This. Plus people like Kim taint everything and everyone they go near. Kim cares only about Kim and nothing and no one else. She will use anyone to get what she wants and according her first husband will throw temper tantrums that rival a two year old until she does. These are mean vile people who wouldn’t take the time to piss on a fan if they were walking by and the fan was on fire. American Vogue is now the laughing stock of the magazine world and will not recover after putting this a-moral slug on the cover. I give marriage number 3 about 18 months or until she meets someone with more money and power who won’t mind the number of men she has been with and then she could be gone earlier. She loves no one but does love what they can provide.

    • Stacey says:

      Amen. It’s a shallow vapid fashion magazine, not the bible…. Good Lord…And yet people would prefer a totally photoshopped to high heaven bordering on the side of a completely fake picture of a blonde big boobied blue eyed Kate Upton instead. Because that is something to appreciate? A doctored picture of girl who looks fine the way she is without Anna photoshopping her real body away.

    • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

      Evi, carefully read all the postings from a few days ago that has more than 500 comments, and the posting with Seth and Franco and Miss Piggy and Kermit lampooning kimmycakes and kanye. then you’ll understand the shitstorm.

  14. c says:

    srsly cannot stand WOMEN who shade kate upton for not having curves…god forbid there could be a beautiful model out there who represents us skinnyfat/curveless shapes. we’re out there. and we rarely have our bodies praised, even if we are as in shape as we possibly can be,

  15. nicegirl says:

    GO KATE!!! Kate AND Posh BOTH need covers now! What the heck?!?!

  16. Lark says:

    I’m not the biggest Kate fan, but she looks good here. She would have been a good cover, but she just had one. I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have gone with someone like Adele E. or Lupita, instead they went with “Kimye”

  17. Shazz says:

    Well I’m fluffy, but I’m still tired of seeing this swimsuit model being pushed as a high fashion model. She has a healthy, wholesome, happy look, not a mysterious, glamorous, gorgeous high fashion look.

  18. Norman says:

    Man I feel bad for Kate, she is gorgeous and beautiful. Have they gone with Kate Upton rather than Kimye, Vogue wouldn’t be thought of as a joke. Kate is classy Kim is about Kim.