SI Swimsuit Issue
American model and actress Kate Upton is celebrated for her appearance
in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was named Rookie of the
Year after her first SI appearance in 2011 and was the cover model for
the 2012 and 2013 issues. Upton has acted in the films “Tower
Heist” (2011) and “The Three Stooges” (2013) and will
appear with Cameron Diaz in the upcoming comedy film “The Other
Upton was ranked No. 5 on the MODELS list of “Sexiest
Model” in 2012 and was listed as one of Maxim's HOT 100 in 2012.
She was voted No. 3 on Ask men's Top 99 Women of 2013.
Childhood and Family:
Katherine Upton, who would later be popular as Kate Upton, was born on
June 10, 1992, in St. Joseph, Michigan. Her parents are the former
Texas state tennis champion, Shelley Upton, and high school athletics
director Jeff Upton. She is the niece of U.S. Representative Fred Upton
(R-MI). Her great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of
appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation. Kate
attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
An equestrian, Kate appeared at the American Paint Horse Association
and competed at a national level when she was young. She won three APHA
Reserve World Championships: 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under
Horsemanship, and 14–18 Western Riding, with her horse Roanie
Pony. She next won 14–18 Western Riding and was included in the
top 5 in 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure in
2009, with her second horse Zipped.
The Other Woman
Kate Upton began modeling when she was 15 years old. In 2008, she went
to a casting call in Miami for Elite Model Management and ended up
being signed by them at the same day. She moved to New York City to
further pursue her career and was signed by IMG Models there.
Upton modeled for Garage and Dooney & Bourke clothing lines. From
2010 to 2011, she became the face of Guess. She appeared with Ken Jeon
in GQ Magazine in 2011. She has also appeared on the covers of Italian
and British Vogue, CR Fashion Book, Cosmopolitan, French ELLE, Italian,
German and American GQ, Vanity Fair, Jalouse, Sunday Times Style,
Esquire, The Daily, and Muse Magazine.
Upton's career received boost when she appeared in the Sports
Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. In February, she was named Rookie
of the year in 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Since then, she
has modeled for Beach Bunny Swimwear, and has appeared in Complex and
Esquire as “The Woman of the Summer.”
Upton made a self appearance in the 2011 episode “Bug in Mouth
Reporter” of “Tosh.0.” The same year, she took
part in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at
Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
It was also in 2011 when Upton made her acting debut in the film
“Tower Heist,” where she was cast as Mr. Hightower’s
Mistress. The film was directed by Brett Ratner and starred Eddie
Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck. She made her next appearance in
the Farrelly Brothers comedy film “The Three Stooges”
(2012), opposite Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Will Sasso.
There she played the role of Sister Bernice.
Upton graced the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,
which was released in February 2012. In February 2013, she became the
cover model for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, making her
first model, since Tyra Banks, to have it in back-to-back years.
In September 2013, Upton was named Model of the Year at the 10th Style
Awards at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. While filming
in Antarctica, Upton suffered from failing hearing and eyesight
because of the extreme cold.
Upton will appear with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Nikolaj
Coster-Waldau in the forthcoming comedy film “The Other
Woman,” directed by Nick Cassavetes. The film will be released on
April 25, 2014.