Kate Upton was a really big deal a few years back. Like, 2012-13, she was the “It Model” and everyone had to have an opinion on her. Then she was replaced, and Upton sort of moved on too. I don’t doubt that she could have still had a solid modeling career if that’s what she wanted, but in 2014, she dumped her modeling representation and began focusing full-time on her acting career. She scored a role in The Other Woman, and she’s filmed a few more movies too. But just like Emily Ratajkowski’s predicament, Upton has discovered that perhaps transitioning into being a full-time actress only works when people want to hire you. So Kate is going back to modeling.
Kate Upton is officially back in the modeling world. After unceremoniously ditching her dream team at IMG Models in 2014 to focus on her fledgling acting career, the Sports Illustrated cover girl has signed with Next Model Management, reports The Post’s Kirsten Fleming.
The agency, which also reps male model-of-the-moment Lucky Blue Smith, will handle all of Upton’s fashion and beauty projects. Upton, who appeared in Nick Cassavetes’ “The Other Woman,” will continue to be repped by WME for acting.
This is sort of where Emily Ratajkowski played it safe: Emily is trying out the acting thing, but she’s also still modeling. I would guess that Emily still makes more money from modeling too. Just as I would assume that Upton is making this move mostly for financial reasons. Even if Upton is only interested in doing magazine editorials and possibly/probably some ad campaigns, that work will get more money for Upton than she’s making as an actress. That’s the same reason why so many actresses dabble in modeling: that’s where the money is. Especially if it’s one of those lucrative beauty/hair product contracts.
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