Kate Upton tries to do high fashion in Jalouse mag: does she pull it off?

Kate Upton

Kate Upton covers the October issue of Jalouse magazine, and I just don’t know what to think about this girl’s hustle. Obviously, Kate is a very cute girl with a great body that is best suited for GQ spreads, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, and the like. She’s also an “actress” who appeared in The Three Stooges (along with Snooki) and Tower Heist, but Kate definitely has a modelling niche. She’s the fun girl, the one who merrily dances “The Cat Daddy” for pervy Terry Richardson. She’s sexy and not serious and goes well with the lad mag scene.

Oddly enough, Kate has a lot of hustle too beyond just being the latest hot blonde with a big rack. After she was criticized for being too cheap and downmarket for the likes of SI, she responded as such: “People told me I couldn’t be fashion, that I’m just an old-fashioned body girl, only good for swimwear. But I knew that I could bring back the supermodel.” Now Kate is trying her hand at high fashion with this Jalouse spread. Might I say that this shot is rather spectacular? Don’t worry — it gets worse from here.

Kate Upton

Otherwise, the spread is rather odd with Kate’s familiar face peeking out from some outfits that look positively pilgrim-esque. Could it be that we’re just not used to seeing Kate Upton all covered up? Or does she really look as ridiculous trying to do “serious” or “high” fashion as I’m fearing? Because she’s a lovely, beautiful girl, but this just isn’t working.

Photos courtesy of Jalouse

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  1. Viola says:

    i liked it. it’s working for me

  2. Anne says:

    She needs to close her mouth! Especially in the header pic. Mouth breathing looks a lot different went you not in a teeny bikini.

    • Lacie says:


      It’s so distracting. Are front teeth sexy to men? My boyfriend says no, but my pervier friend says it reminds men of oral sex, so yeah. Close your mouth.

      • zenb!tch says:

        I always thought “BJ ready” when I saw Megan Fox and I’m a woman. I don’t think Kate is quite that bad, tho. It’s more like she is trying hard to look serious vs. sexy and she is achieving neither.

    • deehunny says:

      yea, i thought the same thing when I saw the mouth open thing. It isn’t high fashion when you look like an open-mouth hooker

      other then that, I think she can pull off high fashion

  3. gee says:

    I think she looks better here than she usually does.

  4. itstrue says:

    She reminds me of an Americas Next Top Model contestant. Here, anyway. Awkward and unnatural. Like she’s only just learning to pose.

    • Crystal says:

      My thoughts exactly. These pictures look like she is imitating a fashion model while playing dress up in the mirror. But the pictures are completely terrible.

    • Trillion says:

      Totally. She does not give good face. Or poses, for that matter. This is just strange looking. She needs to study Kate Moss if she wants to make it in high fashion. BTW, I loved the “don’t be a hatter” comment above.

    • Nev says:

      Nope. Cindy Crawford she ain’t.

  5. Angel L says:

    I think she looks great in the lace dress pic and the Jolie pose pic. the rest are rather meh.

  6. moptop says:

    She doesn’t look any worse than some of the other models that are supposed to be “high fashion.” I personally think Karlie Kloss is one of the worst, but that’s just me.

    • Flor says:

      I totally agree with you on Karlie. She’s pretty and tall, that’s it. She walks different than the other girls (who I think have no personality on their walk) and that’s why she’s an IT girl right now. Her poses are not otherwordly and her walk is just so predictable by now. Plus, her mouth is always open and she eyes f uck the camera when she walks and it’s just annoying.

    • testingt says:

      Totally agree about Karlie I just don’t get her appeal at all. Usually with the buzzy it girls like Carmen Kass or Gemma Ward I understand why people are into them, but with her I just don’t get it, she has one facial expression

    • Kiki says:

      I do not think Kate Upton can keep up with todays high fashion top models. Yes, she is pretty but in a commercial way. She has nothing special in her face and especially her expression is boring and generic. And because of these facts she will never become successful in the high fashion industry and not because she is curvier than others. It is just an excuse, nothing more or less. For example, if she was thinner, nobody would even pay attention to her, because her face is just meh. She owes her current career her curves and not her face! So instead of complaining about how mean the model industry is to curvy girls, she should be grateful to be a successful bikini model. Kate Upton is so ridiculous!

  7. Alexandra Bananarama says:

    She’s pulling off some basic and stereotypical high fashion poses, but it’s not right somehow. She’s a flash in the pan, not a slow simmer and if it wasn’t for the boobs and the club dance moves to make said boobs jiggle she would be nameless. Sad, but true.

  8. HulaHoop says:

    She’s a pretty girl but not “high fashion” IMO.

  9. marie says:

    meh, she’s no better or worse. Not a fan of the clothes..

  10. normades says:

    It’s too pose hard-y. Not working imo.

  11. Rhea says:

    Hmmm..she’s pretty, yes. But not edgy like most model in high fashion editorial that I see…

  12. bea says:

    She should go with her strengths – not this. She doesn’t have the right face or the right body for “high fashion”.

    Why in the heck did they make her wear a cowl in every single photo?! Not flattering. I like the angora sweater and gloves pic the best, but bikinis are her forte!

    I think she’s great – she seems very natural and sweet. The Cat Daddy video is her greatest work to-date!

  13. Jess says:

    She’s doing that cliche hunched “high fashion” pose that Tyra teaches all of the basic mall girls that compete on her show.

  14. carrie says:

    If Lara Stone can,she can

  15. j.eyre says:

    She is pretty and has an amazing figure but I think she lacks the elegance to be High Fashion. I like that she tried it, though. I think it is always good to push the boundaries.

  16. Emma says:

    That is not a high fashion face. Plus, big boobs and high fashion do not mix.

  17. Macey says:

    Hate to say it but I actually thought it was LL in the header pic before I read it was KU.
    I dont really see her getting far in the modeling world. she’s cute and all but I dont see her being known for anything other than her jiggly boobs. she should have tried fashion when she first gained attention instead of making the rounds with her boobs flopping everywhere. Im pretty sure her career started bc her boobs jiggled and thats all I think she’ll be known for.
    Her face is just okay when she’s all covered up like that but like i said, you wouldnt know it was her without her signature boobs flopping all over the place.

  18. Jennifer Astin says:

    She’s play-acting at modeling. Like someone in their 40′s (le gasp!) showed her some pictures of Nadja Auermann or Kirsty Hume and she’s all, “That’s EASY bitches. I’m a pouty blonde too!” Well it ain’t.

  19. Ade says:

    It is a change from the completely vacant stares and “I’m hungry feed me” looks of high fashion, but I’m okay with high fashion moving in the Kate Upton direction.

  20. F5 says:

    She’s purdy.

  21. Aria says:

    The shots are ok. She’s not the next Kate Moss but she’s a fine model.

  22. gg says:

    Anybody else think she looks like the Cracken in these pics with this makeup??

  23. Shitler says:

    She looks great. Enough with the malnourished look of most

  24. Dee Cee says:

    Too what could have been Lindsay Lohan before all the … dooom in indulgences..

  25. bns says:

    No. She’s a great swimsuit/lingerie model, but she can’t pull off high fashion. Freja, on the other hand, is a high fashion goddess.

  26. Havik says:

    The photos aren’t that terrible, and she’s a very pretty girl. But she needs to close her mouth.
    Seriously, whoever deemed the open-mouth as ‘sexy’ and ‘high fashion’ should be smacked.

    I think she could get better, provided she closes her mouth and stops listening to Tyra.

  27. Londerland says:

    She’s a really pretty girl but she’s not high fashion. Nothing to do with her physique – I mean, she’s still a skinny blonde chick, come on! – but she just looks uncomfortable.

    A good fashion model can strike these dumb-ass contorted poses and make it look like that’s just how they stand. Kate, on the other hand, looks like she’s posing for her best friend’s Etsy site.

  28. vancouverj says:

    I think she is a victim of poor styling – otherwise she isn’t bad at all.

    • Zigggy says:

      Yes, totally.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Completely agree. This isn’t an easy look to pull off and I hate to say it, but it would work better on a thin, shapeless model (you know, the usual coat-racks).

        That being said, I think she’s gorgeous-I honestly don’t think saying that she’s not “high fashion” is an insult, considering so many “high fashion” models are rather….unconventional-looking..

  29. samira25 says:

    I don’t like the way she’s styled either. Kate looks weird and unnatural. Didn’t she do a shoot for Vogue? She did a better job in that one.

  30. V4Real says:

    I don’t get the whole Kate Uptown appeal. She’s cute, not beautiful, she has naturally big boobs but that’s about it. I didn’t like it when some post or magazine called her fat because she is not. But she does have an unusual waistline. Most of the bikinis she wears are not flattering to her waist and I think that’s what they meant by calling her fat. She has love handles but definetely not fat.

  31. videli says:

    Gorgeous woman, but boy she’s vacant. She’s as inspiring as a stop light.

  32. Beatrix says:

    So sick of that akimbo arms pose.

  33. Minky says:

    Meh, it’s not working for me, but I’m not high fashion anything. Of course, it may not be working for me because when I saw the header photo I thought, “Whoa! What did LiLo do to her face NOW?” and I’m not really sure that was what was meant to happen…

    As for whether or not she pulls it off, I guess I’m so used to seeing flatter chested women in high fashion that it looks … off … to me that she’s posed in these positions. I love some of the outfits, but with her curves (I’m not body snarking!) the clothes would’ve been better presented with more natural poses, IMHO. =)

  34. Annie says:

    Her face is growing on me. She has a more conventionally pretty look than most high fashion models (who generally look beautiful in print but quite fug in real life), but she does these pictures better than I would have imagined.

  35. Melisande says:

    The vacuous stare, the same open-mouthed expression in every photo – who coaxed her through the modelling process, Jessica Simpson?

  36. Bread and Circuses says:

    I would blame the photographer and stylist more than Ms. Upton for this not working.

    If they went for a sort of posh young British girl look, I think her face would have worked well with the right high-end fashions. She’s got a very wholesome prettiness, once you drag your eyes off her sensational body.

  37. koi..koi says:

    she looks awesome!!

  38. RobN says:

    The body is the only thing that makes her famous, so why cover it up? You’ll notice they put the boob shot on the cover; there’s a reason for that and it’s that nobody cares what she looks like once you get past the boobs.

  39. Alana Fajina says:

    I think she looks great and I’d much rather see someone with her body type in high fashion than someone who is so out of the norm like Kate Moss or some other skinny minnie. Maybe young girls will stop being so hard on themselves when us women stop being so critical about high friggin hips or big boobs. It’s like she’s damned if she does, damned it she doesn’t.

  40. megan says:

    It’s not convincing me but IMO that’s a good thing. It’s like she’s too pretty & fresh for high fashion. But that said, I’m sick of how she’s constantly made into some pin up sex goddess. Too bad there seems to little alternatives to either one of those things in the magazine world.

  41. janie says:

    She’s beautiful but doesn’t have the waist or facial definition to model high fashion.

  42. anya says:

    Her face is too beautiful for her to be resigned to the lads mags. Saying that, there’s something not quite right about these particular shots.

  43. Maria says:

    She’s like the next Bar R. Pretty with great body but doesn’t have the exotic look for the high fashion model. It’s not bad, it’s just that they look for different look in high fashion not just the prettiest girl.

  44. mollination says:

    Some of them are working, some of them aren’t. The ones that are working are PHENOMENAL, and the ones that aren’t are only “meh”, not terrible. For a supermodel, I’d say she’s doing just fine.

  45. zenb!tch says:

    I don’t ever notice the current crop of girls. I just notice the clothes. There are no more supermodels. I noticed this girl but only because I was told I was supposed to (by this blog not the media). Would I notice her otherwise? I would notice that she had no waist and her thigh looked healthy but I probably would have ignored her face.

  46. Ginger says:

    Personally I like her much more than a super skinny model with the right crew around her I think she could take on fashion

  47. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    She’s cute and has a nice figure, but a high fashion face/look she does not have. These photos are awful and ridiculous.

  48. Lee says:

    She’s like vanilla without the beans.

  49. dcypher1 says:

    She looks better without clothes than with them on not good if shes trying to be versatile. She should just stick to bikini modeling and maxim. She looks like a nun. Ive never seen her with so much clothes on it looks stupid. Shes a doppleganger for anna nicole smith though.

  50. Lindy says:

    In that last pic, THAT is how you wear a peplum.

  51. A Fan says:

    Nope, she doesn’t pull it off…she should stick to what she does best.

  52. Sumodo1 says:

    Yes, not a high fashion face. She also does not know how to use the light. If Kate wants to go haute, she needs to: have her nose done,get her implants removed, go brunette. And, no french fries.

  53. sana says:

    Her face is just not meant for this. No way in hell she pulls it off.

  54. Belle Epoch says:

    FAIL. I thought she was LL too! And the mouth breathing is a dead giveaway. I guess that’s her Zoolander face, but it’s a miss! She looks like she is playing dress-up – the clothes are wearing her instead of her working the clothes.

    Didn’t even know who she was so thanks for explaining. Another girl with a great bod and no class. Nothing to see here.

  55. Dee says:

    Fashion photography’s entire schtick for the last 45 years has been to make attractive models and attractive clothes look as dreadful as possible. It’s supposed to be sophisticated or ironic or some such thing. She looks about as bad as most other very attractive women in fashion spreads and no one looking at those close remotely wants to wear them so I’d say this is as successful as pretty much any other high fashion shoot you’re likely to see until someone gets an original idea about this sort of thing which is not likely anytime soon.

  56. Jill says:

    what is with the nun hat?? The hats are fug.

  57. I Choose Me says:

    Very pretty girl but her features are too soft and feminine to pull off haute couture. You need a strong face or angular face with bold/unconventional features rather than an uniformly pretty one. I do like the fourth picture down and I wish her all the best but she just doesn’t have that ‘edge’ that would make these photos stand out.

  58. iseepinkelefants says:

    She can’t do high fashion. I’m embarrassed FOR her. It’s hideous.

    And why that ski mask like thing? Is it supposed to high light her face?

    The only pic that looks good is the one where she’s sticking out her leg (the slit) but it’s because she’s very pretty, not because she’s interesting or because she’s something exotic.

  59. mln89 says:

    I think the styling is horrific and that affected the outcome of this pictorial. i think if was dressed in better and more flattering clothing, she could pull high fashion. and i’d love to see some high fashion models with some body fat again.

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