Kate Up­ton


Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

Grow­ing up, I didn’t buy the mag­a­zines that had mod­els on the cov­ers, be­cause I didn’t know them. I grew up in Florida, rid­ing horses, so for most of my life I was ei­ther in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I un­der­stand why my male fol­low­ers like me… It’s weird that in the press they’ll [say things] like, ‘Your big­gest fight was with the in­dus­try and the de­sign­ers,’ and I say, no, my big­gest fight was with my agents, try­ing to get them to sign me into the cast­ings. One agency told me, ‘You’re too Amer­i­can, and every­one knows Amer­i­can girls are lazy.’ I was so of­fended! I said, ‘You know that you’re in Amer­ica right?’ It wasn’t ‘Amer­i­can mod­els’ – it was ‘Amer­i­can girls are lazy’, pe­riod! I think many women would dis­agree with that. Af­ter my first Sports Il­lus­trated cover, I felt ter­ri­ble about my­self for a solid month. Ev­ery sin­gle guy I met was ei­ther mar­ried or about to be mar­ried, and I felt like I was their bach­e­lor present or some­thing. I’m not a toy, I’m a hu­man be­ing. I’m not here to be used. I’m a grown woman, and you need to fig­ure your stuff out. I can see why the Catholic Church would be up­set with me. [But] I def­i­nitely have lim­its. There’s a line be­tween be­com­ing, you know, a lit­tle cheap and cheesy ver­sus be­ing sexy; and I have to be very care­ful of that line. You know what, my butt doesn’t get that much at­ten­tion. I love my body; it’s what God gave me. 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.The funny thing is I dance all through­out the day. I just like to goof around and have a good time. It’s not like I’m a good dancer. It’s just me. It’s just what I do. The things that peo­ple are re­ject­ing are things I can’t change. Neg­a­tive com­ments come all the time, but they’ve numbed me

‘I feel con­fi­dent with my­self, and if that in­spires other women to feel con­fi­dent with their bod­ies, great’

out. I don’t even no­tice it any more. I en­joy Twit­ter. I have pe­ri­ods when I’m al­ways tweet­ing, and then I’m dry for a while. Clients have caught on and they say, ‘Do not tweet any­thing on this set!’ And I go,‘Aaaaaaaggghh!’ I don’t ac­tu­ally plan my In­sta­gram posts. If I’m putting up a photo about some­thing funny or in­ter­est­ing in my life, I just post it – whether it’s with make-up or with­out it. I love the way make-up en­hances things, but I am just as com­fort­able walk­ing around with­out it. I do think wear­ing a bit of con­cealer or a lit­tle blush, even bronzer, can make you feel more con­fi­dent when you’re post­ing some­thing for the world to see. I usu­ally go for some­thing light that can bring out your nat­u­ral beauty. I can’t change my bra size. They’re nat­u­ral! I can work out and I can stay healthy and mo­ti­vated, but I can’t change some things. I re­ally just live my life. I feel con­fi­dent with my­self, and if that in­spires other women to feel con­fi­dent with their bod­ies, great.

The Other Woman is def­i­nitely the big­gest part I’ve ever had. I’m a huge fan of Cameron [Diaz] and Les­lie [Mann], and to be able to hang out with them ev­ery day and to see how they work was such an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I def­i­nitely had post-wrap de­pres­sion. I al­ways thought Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe was so beau­ti­ful and iconic. She por­trayed her­self in an ir­re­sistible and charm­ing way, it was amaz­ing to even be men­tioned in the same sen­tence as her. But I feel like nowa­days it’s easy to be gen­uine and show your per­son­al­ity, whereas I don’t think Mar­i­lyn had that op­por­tu­nity. Clearly she had a dark side, and I don’t have that. I think an icon is some­one who is in­spir­ing and pos­i­tive, with a strong sense of who they are and what they stand for. My icons are Kathy Ire­land and Cameron Diaz. ‘Too much of a good thing can be won­der­ful,’ said Mae West. I ac­tu­ally don’t know when I came across that, but when I saw it, I said,‘That’s how I feel!’ There’s no such thing as too much,and if you do have too much, it can be awe­some. It’s just me shar­ing my life, I like it if it’s au­then­tic and in the mo­ment and hap­pen­ing.

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