Kate Upton, who created a wave of change when she became one of the first women with real curves to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, is now featured in Vogue Magazine. In the interview, she talks about moving beyond swimsuit trends, saying, “Coming from a sports-fanatic family, I really didn’t know a lot about the small fashion circles. When I was able to accomplish that [the pinnacle of swimsuit modeling, the Sports Illustrated cover], I slowly started figuring things out–¬and when I have a goal, I do everything to accomplish it.”
She also talks about the controversy regarding her ‘curvy’ body, saying, “I don’t want to starve myself. I still want to hang out with my family and be a normal girl. You have to be confident, and that doesn’t mean starving yourself. 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 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.”
Upton may have never consciously thought to become every man’s fantasy, but she recently polled at the top of most desirable models in polls conducted by various men’s magazines.