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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Kate Upton Controversy

sports-illustrated-swimsuit-model-kate-upton-controversyHaters are gonna hate, and if you’ve been watching the news lately, you would know there’s a lot of controversy stirring with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Kate Upton. After her recent debut on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover in 2011, Kate Upton has been “x-ed” by an industry power-tripper at Victoria’s Secret, Sophia Neophitou.

Kate Upton Victoria’s Secret Controversy

According to Sophia Neophitou, a stylist, fashion editor and big shot behind the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Kate Upton is a “Page 3 girl” and they (VS) would never use her as a runway model for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The most ironic part? Kate Upton occasionally models for the Victoria’s Secret catalog. But, apparently, modeling for a Victoria's Secret catalog doesn’t mean much in the world of Victoria’s Secret runway modeling.

According to Sophia Neophitou, Kate Upton’s look is “too obvious” for one of the most widely viewed fashion shows in the world. Other comments from Neophitou include “she’s like a footballer’s wife with the too-blond hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

I guess Kate Upton’s measurements, 36-25-34, are too average and too big to have the chance to walk down the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. According to some sources, most Victoria’s Secret models are a size 2, quite tall, and have a 34-36 inch bust, a 23 inch waist, and 34 inch hips. Guess she doesn’t make the “runway” cut.

Body Image amongst Women

Who is Sophia Neophitou to judge Kate Upton? There’s no manual stating what weight, hair color, dress size, breast size, length of hair, facial features, and shoe size you have to be and have to fall into the “Beautiful”, “Socially Acceptable” or “Runway Model” category. And, what chapter indicates what a page one girl is versus a page three girl? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? What if I liked page 3 better than page 1… Who is anyone to say what is better than the other?

Kate Upton Modeling Career

Kate Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan in 1992 then moved to Melbourne, Florida. She has modeled for Garage, Dooney and Bourke, and more recently, acted as the face of Guess Lingerie. Kate has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan Bride and in 2011, Kate Upton appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was also named Rookie of the Year at the young age of 19. She has been named a favorite for 2012, as Page Six has reported, for her all-American look and bleach blonde hair. Kate Upton simply thinks of herself as “relatable.” She’s the all-American gal, not too skinny, no crazy or distinctive features, but just right.

There’s much to talk about here—our image of beauty, the pressures of the media, and the turmoil many women and girls go through to fit into the perfect little ideal of beauty.

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Peri Heft

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My name is Peri Heft and I am a proud Womensforum.com employee. I have many roles here including editorial management, starring in "The Social Buzz" video series, social media, marketing, site development, writing, and much more! I'm a southern girl from Atlanta and Dallas. After graduating from the University of Dayton with a degree in Marketing, I made my way to the hub of the midwest, Chicago! Here, I work at Womensforum.com, enjoy going to concerts, creating artwork, exploring the city, cleaning and organizing (yes, it's true!) and spending countless hours cooking up something fabulous!