The 19-year-old blond is taking the fashion industry by storm – but she’s not your typical waif-like model. With her voluptuous curves and girl-next-door appeal, the up-and-coming young model is poised to be the next big thing (the sexy stunner’s career is hotter than ever – she even has a billboard in Times Square.)
Kate Upton, who grew up in Melbourne, Fla., made her foray into modeling in 2008, when she attended an open casting call in Miami for Elite Model Management. As luck would have it, the agency signed her that day (it’s not hard to see why – check the gallery above.)
It’s hard to believe that Upton, whose appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue sent her career into overdrive, used to be made fun of for being the shortest girl in school and for being flat-chested.
The sexy blond started off modeled for Garage and Dooney & Bourke, and later began modeling for Beach Bunny swimwear. Miss Upton also became the 2010-2011 face of Guess, and showed her edgier side in a serious of super-sexy ads for the company.
On how she got her start in modeling, Upton reveals to CNBC, “I always wanted to try modeling and was scouted at
the age of 12, but I was very involved in the American Paint Horse Association horse circuit at that time. At the age of 15, I drove down to Miami (I lived in Melbourne, Fla., at that time) with hopes of finding an agency.”
“I met with an agency at open call and they were interested and signed me that day. I worked in Miami for lots of international companies and traveled back and forth from Europe constantly.”
“I don’t know where I want my career to go right now,’ she tells Askmen.com. ‘ Iβm just letting it play out and seeing where it takes me. Thatβs what makes it exciting — letting it all unfold.”
In an interview with Esquire magazine, who named her the Woman of Summer 2011, Upton dishes on her favorite assets. “I don’t really know what the appeal is about… boobs. But I do know that when I was in junior high, I used to be made fun of β for being flat-chested.”
“Everyone would go, ‘She’s not pretty! She doesn’t have boobs!’ So I always had boob envy. And when finally I went through my growth spurt, and they appeared, and I just… I loved them.”
On her swimwear preferences, Kate tells the magazine, “I like my bikinis very small, and I also like, uh, nude-colored bikinis because people double-take β they think I’m naked on the beach.’
‘I love going to sporting events,’ she tells CNBC. ‘They have so much energy and are always fun.’ It’s pretty clear we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Miss Upton in the next months. [Photos via Kate Upton; Story via NY Daily News]