Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Kate Debate

Nineteen-year old Kate Upton has been the subject of some pretty disparaging comments since her much ballyhooed appearance on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The comments calling into question Upton's relevance as a credible fashion model, were made recently by Victoria's Secret stylist and casting director Sophia Neophitou in an interview with the New York Times, stating emphatically that "We would never use" Ms. Upton for a Victoria's Secret Show, "She's like a footballer's wife, with too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy."

Whilst Upton's curvaceous physique and ample bosom may not necessarily conform with the ubiquitous stick thin high-fashion model ideal, it should however be acknowledged that Upton possesses a beauty that is relatable and very much girl-next-door. When Upton is stripped bare of the vampish make-up, the over the top styling and pin-up sex appeal, what you are left with is a pretty girl with the smarts to know how to use her assets to full effect. Equally commendable has been Upton's gracious response to Neophitou's public lambasting, speaking with Access Hollywood "I'm doing fine in my career, I don't need to walk their runway so it's all good. She can think that and I can think whatever I want about her."

Good Sport - Kate Upton
Muse Magazine - March 2012
Photographer - Benjamin Alexander Huseby
Source - models.com

V Magazine - Issue 76
Photographer - Sebastian Faena
Source - models.com

Kate Upton
Photographer - Andrew Weir
Source - weirdiary.com

Upton has since responded to the negative brouhaha with a succession of lucrative bookings including a cover and editorial appearance in Muse Magazine lensed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby, a V Magazine feature editorial captured by Sebastian Faena, and an appearance in the Met Costume Institute catalogue shot by Toby McFarlan Pond. The latest feather in Upton's "too-blond hair" is a sensational editorial appearance in the May edition of American Harpers Bazaar shot by Terry Richardson in which Upton shows off her obvious assets whilst also looking every bit the fashion model.

Kate Upton & Aziz Ansari
US Harpers Bazaar - May 2012
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - harpersbazaar.com

US Harpers Bazaar - May 2012
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - harpersbazaar.com

US Harpers Bazaar - May 2012
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - harpersbazaar.com

US Harpers Bazaar - May 2012
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - harpersbazaar.com

Kate Upton & Jared Leto
US Harpers Bazaar - May 2012
Photographer - Terry Richardson
Source - harpersbazaar.com

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