Supermodel Kate Upton is hailed for her voluptuous curves, but has succeeded in modeling despite her hourglass figure. Upton said casting agents often overlooked her because she was considered too meaty for high-fashion modeling.
“My biggest fight was with my agents, trying to get them to sign me into the castings,” Kate told Vogue April 7. Upton, who has made the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue two years in a row, has been widely criticized for being too fleshy to be a supermodel.
Kate, who has been been called a “lardy, fat pig” and a tacky-looking bimbo, is shocked her weight is such a hot topic, but dismisses haters, saying she accepts herself as she is.
In 2012, Upton nearly broke the Internet after photographer Terry Richardson posted a video of her gyrating in a bikini to the hip-hop tune, “Cat Daddy,” on his blog.
The sexy video immediately went viral on YouTube (see above), but Kate was initially upset that Richardson had posted the video without her permission, saying she was just “goofing around.”
“That was disrespectful!” said Upton. “Now, obviously, it’s fine.” Kate, who now has legions of male and female fans, is proud she doesn’t resort to starvation diets because she wants to be a fitness role model.
“I am healthy, and I do work really hard, and I want to be a positive role model,” said Upton. “It’s about putting the right fuel in your body and treating your body well.”
Bikini Body Secrets Are Low-Carb Diet and Kickboxing
Upton, a longtime client of celebrity fitness guru David Kirsch, recently added kickboxing to her workout repertoire and loves it, Celebrity Health reported.
“I just walked in and said, ‘I want to be trained like a fighter, like I’m going to get in the ring and fight someone,’” said Kate. “It makes me feel like I can handle anything.”
Kirsch, who whipped Upton into shape for her two Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover shoots (in 2012 and 2013), typically combines cardio workouts with ab exercises and strength-training to keep Kate in bombshell shape.
“The idea was to step up the intensity and duration of the workouts, making it a strict cardio and sculpting boot camp that entailed body weights and resistance bands, sprinting and calisthenics, shadow and kick-boxing,” said David.
To prepare for her Sports Illustrated cover shoots, Upton followed a low-carb, sugar-free diet that featured lots of salads and vegetables and no processed foods.
“Kate followed my ABC’s: no Alcohol, Bread, or processed Carbs, and also no sugar,” said Kirsch, author of the bestseller, The Ultimate New York Body Plan. “She ate clean, lean protein, lots of salads and greens, and avoided everything processed.”
Kate, who was crowned People magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive for 2014, is making strides in her career but makes sure she’s having fun along the way. “I don’t take myself seriously, but I take my job seriously,” said Upton, 22.