Kate Upton is featured in the new magazine of Vogue Italia, and she talks about being proud of her body, having a lucrative career, and how her parents helped her prepare for the competitive world of modeling.
When talking about her parents, Upton says, “The Uptons are very competitive. I definitely get my competitive instinct from my mom. My father called her Hoops [when they met playing intramural basketball at the University of Denver] because she was so good at it."
She also talks about the type of ‘lucrative’ career that she now has, and says, “I think it’s important to look at magazines and think a healthy lifestyle is attainable. Now that the fashion industry likes the idea of me, I’m happy if I can have an influence.”
When talking about being proud of her body and setting a good example for young girls, she says, “You go shopping and you’re not the same size in every brand—¬some look good on you and others don’t. When I lived in Florida, the swimsuit was the key wardrobe piece, I lived ten minutes from the beach, but I never sat there and said, ‘I want to be every man’s fantasy.’ It wasn’t a big deal to be in a bathing suit. Now, whenever girls come up to me saying they’re happy to see I am confident about my body, it makes me feel good that I am contributing in a way among people my age, people who could be my friends.”