Upton cosplaying as Athena at G-Star to promote Game of War: Fire Age in 2014
|Born||Katherine Elizabeth Upton
June 10, 1992
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Manager||William Morris Endeavor|
I'm sure every designer has a certain person in mind who they would ideally like to wear their clothes, but the problem is that a lot of the time that person doesn't actually exist, unless she is a 15-year-old model.
If I can help and influence girls who are going through body-image issues then I think that's amazing.
I'm hoping they slow down a little bit with technology, because I'm just trying to keep up.
So, I have my own horse and two ponies. I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion.
After my first 'Sports Illustrated' cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. I'm not a toy; I'm a human. I'm not here to be used.
My mom played every sport possible. My dad is 'extremely' competitive. You can't even play Ping-Pong with him.
I think it's very hard to find a good friend. That's why I'm so lucky to have two sisters, because they're my best friends, and they have to be with me forever. They're stuck with me.
I was at a photo shoot, and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, 'Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.' And then they took it away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me at all times.
You have to think hard with a tattoo. 'What will I love for the rest of my life?'
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 love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.
I'm actually an equestrian, and I showed in the American Paint Horse Association and competed for top 20 in the nation.
Anywhere in life, for girls there's pressure to keep your weight and to keep yourself feeling and looking good.
I'm not going to starve just to be thin… I want to enjoy life and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable.
I think the fame aspect, there was definitely a period when I had to get used to it. My family had to get used to it, too. It's exciting.
People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny. I'm always like, I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb, you're not even going to know.
I don't ever want to be a person that I'm not. A lot of girls fall into the trap where they are trying to impress other people, and that's the time when they lose themselves.
So if I get pegged as a bikini girl, that's fine, and that can still translate into acting or other areas. But, no, I don't wanna be doing bikini shoots my whole life.
I just think that pick-up lines in general are horrible. None of them work.
I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that's what it meant.
I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit.
Listen: I like my bikinis very small, and I also like, uh, nude-colored bikinis because people double-take – they think I'm naked on the beach.