Kate Upton Biography

Model, Actor(1992–)
Kate Upton is known for her appearances in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2011 and 2012, and on the July 2012 cover of GQ magazine. She's also known for a popular video of her provocatively dancing to the Rej3ctz's song, "Cat Daddy."

Synopsis

American model and actress Kate Upton was born on June 10, 1992, and grew up in Melbourne, Florida. In 2008, she attended a casting call for Elite Model Management in Miami, Florida, and was signed to the company that same day. Upton appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2011, 2012, and 2017. Upton also made headlines in 2012, when a video surfaced of her provocatively dancing to the Rej3ctz's song, "Cat Daddy."

Early Career

Born on June 10, 1992, Kate Upton grew up in Melbourne, Florida with her parents and three siblings. In 2008, she attended a casting call for Elite Model Management in Miami, Florida, and was signed to the company that same day.

Not long after, Upton moved to New York City to further pursue a modeling career, as well as acting, and eventually signed with the company IMG Models. From that point on, Upton's career soared. She has since modeled for such fashion-forward companies as Dooney & Bourke, Guess and Victoria's Secret, as well as various magazines.

Media Attention

Upton appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2011—for which she was named "Rookie of the Year"—and on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue the following year. Additionally, in July 2012, she posed for the cover of GQ magazine. In the GQ photo, Upton is sporting a skimpy, red, white and blue bikini, and seductively eating a popsicle.

Upton also made headlines in 2012, when a video surfaced of her provocatively dancing to the Rej3ctz's song, "Cat Daddy." Following the video's internet explosion, it was removed from YouTube—it was deemed too sexual by regulators of the site—but was replaced on the site soon after. Days later, Upton appeared as a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where she showed guests some of her dance moves from the popular video.

In 2017, Upton announced on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that she would appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue for the third time.

Personal Life

A longtime horseback rider, Upton showed horses for the American Paint Horse Association and competed nationally at a young age with her horse, "Roanie Pony." With Roanie Pony, Upton won five national championships, and went on to achieve additional horse-showing honors with another horse, Zipped.

Upton's uncle, Fred Upton, is a U.S. Congressman representing Michigan's 6th District.

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