KATE Upton branches out in the Caribbean for the famous annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue — and looks treemendous.

The 25-year-old has all but taken root in the big-selling edition, having blossomed on the cover three times.

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However it is model Danielle Herrington, 24, who has grown into the role this year, becoming the third black cover girl after Tyra Banks and Beyonce.

Kate flashed her leg as well as her impressive cleavage in a stunning gown in New York yesterday.

The 25-year-old model was the envy of the Sports Illustrated party in Moxy, Times Square, as she showed off her exquisite curves.

She went for an Angelina Jolie-style leg reveal as she revealed her super-toned leg through the thigh high split in her dress.

Scary moment Kate Upton gets swept off a rock while shooting topless for Sports Illustrated 13 Danielle Herrington is the third black cover girl after Tyra Banks and BeyonceCredit: Sports Illustrated 13 Model Kate has featured on the cover of the magazine three timesCredit: Splash News 13 The 25-year-old recently married Justin VerlanderCredit: Splash News 13 Kate looked elegant for the launch night at Moxy, Times SquareCredit: Getty – Contributor 13 Kate swept her hair back for the glamorous partyCredit: Getty Images – Getty 13 Olivia Culpo, Kate Wasley and Kate Upton all smile for the cameras at the bashCredit: Getty Images – Getty

The flirty outfit featured cut-outs which flashed some skin as she arrived at the event.

She certainly made a statement in the outfit, which was sleeveless on one side.

Meanwhile supermodel Tyra Banks added plenty of drama with her revealing outfit.

The America’s Next Top Model legend looked chic and stylish in her down as she arrived on the red carpet.

Haliey Clauson also looked phenomenal in a tight white dress that showed off her sporty frame.

She did her best to avoid a boob malfunction on arrival too by arranging her dress before she went into the party.

13 Tyra Banks looked glamourous in her black dress with sheer panellingCredit: Splash News 13 Hailey Clauson had plenty to celebrate as she arrived at the doCredit: Splash News 13 The model checked herself to avoid a boob malfunction before going insideCredit: Splash News 13 Danielle Herrington poses with her front coverCredit: AP:Associated Press 13 Olivia Culpo sizzled in her dynamic white number with a ruffled sleeveCredit: Splash News 13 The star showed off her excellent taste in this flirty and fabulous numberCredit: Splash News

Olivia Culpo ramped up the glam in her white number with a ruffled sleeve.

The mini dress revealed her incredibly toned legs as she worked the cameras.

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Kate Upton: From Youtube to Sports Illustrated & IMG!

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Kate Upton in the cover of Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue

Not too long ago, we usually saw supermodels on the rise thanks to their appearance in top designer fashion shows or thanks to a discovery made by industry renowned agents. Now everything’s changed and models gain their fame thanks to their good use of social media!

The story which best describes this situation has got to be the one of Kate Upton! model known not for her sexy Guess Campaigns but for her Dougie dance! yes, the hip-hop dance. Im sure you’re asking yourselves “what on earth does the Dougie dance have to do with anything?” Well, 19 year-old Kate had the great idea of filming herself Dougie-dancing during an LA Clippers basketball game, and posted the video on youtube. Little did she know, her video turned out to be a real hit within the Youtube community, being viewed over 5 million times!

Wayne Sterling, Publisher of Models.com told The New York Times: “We all know that social media now creates its own reality. If you become a YouTube star among teenagers, you have even more recognizability than a TV star. Kate Upton is the perfect example of that.”

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In fact, soon after the Dougie video, Kate was spotted by top Industry professionals and managed to become n.2 of the “99 Top women” assembled by AskMen.com! Not bad for a girl who got turned down by Victoria’s Secret because “She was more of a page 3 girl”!

With a 50’s like pin-up body, Kate Upton is more curvaceous than most of her colleagues, but she certainly has much more personality than lots of other models who walk the runways of New York or Paris. “People told me I couldn’t be fashion, that I’m just an old-fashioned body girl, only good for swimwear, but I knew that I could bring back the supermodel.” She knew it. She did it!

Kate Upton in the 2011 Guess Campaign

Because of her massive online presence, model scout David Cunningham spotted her and brought her to the attention of the one and only Ivan Bart -superagent of IMG Models. Ivan told the New York Times: “When Kate first came in, everyone at the agency thought I was crazy. She wasn’t ‘fashion’ enough, but I signed her anyways.” Her confident and bubbly personality got her signed and now her name stands beside those of Tara Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss to name a few.

“For a long time, fashion has been going to celebrities,” she said. “Celebrities are on the magazine covers, and nobody wanted models. But why not have a model celebrity? Why not a girl who comes with her own following?”.

Kate Upton at IMG Headquarters

Her voice was heard. 19 year old model-celebrity Kate Upton soon appeared in the cover of Sports Illustrated knocking off Bar Rafaeli who made the Sports Illustrated cover her second home.

Kate didn’t stop here though. Just 2 days ago she posted a new video on youtube featuring her version of the “Cat Daddy” dance… in bikini! and not just A bikini.. she cleverly wore the bikini used in her shoot for the cover of Sports Illustrated. The video, which was directed by Terry Richardson, already has been viewed more than 2 million times on Terry Tv and over 800,000 times on Kate Upton’s Youtube channel!

Kate Upton & Terry Richardson during the ‘Cat Daddy’ video-shoot

As the fashion and modeling industries are changing at a faster pace now more than ever, it is not enough to only cast the “it” girls who open the shows for Prada or Vuittton. Now agents and agencies want and need models who already have their own platforms and fan-base, just like Kate had hers.

So if you’ve got your modelmanagement.com profile, together with your youtube, facebook and twitter profiles start spreading your network by connecting with all the cool people around you and show everyone what you’re made of! Remember…You never know who’s watching!

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is arguably the most iconic magazine franchise cover of all time — not to mention the sexiest!

The first SI Swimsuit issue was in 1964 — that’s right, more than 50 years ago — and featured German-born model Babette March in a white bandeau top and boyshort bottoms. Landing the cover of the issue has been known to launch models’ careers or send them to the next stratosphere. Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova (who was just 18 for her first cover), Elle MacPherson, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn, Bar Refaeli, Irina Shayk, Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen and Ashley Graham have all shown off their amazing bodies with cut abs, lean legs and toned arms on the cover. Even singer Beyoncé appeared in a sandy 2007 shoot.

And it can be a body-positive honor to bare all on a tropical beach set. As Upton said when she returned to the cover in 2017, six years after her debut, “I was very excited… to be back in the issue. Especially when this year’s theme is about every woman of every age and every body type being accepted. It was inspiring to be asked to be a part of that issue.” The star continued, “Those are the campaigns I want to do and the career I want to have — to inspire women to love themselves. That’s a balance of working hard and eating healthy but also enjoying life and having cheat days and for the emphasis not to be on the ideal perfect body.”

Looking through the decades of covers, it’s also fun to see how swim fashion has changed. Among the styles Sports Illustrated has photographed: string bikinis, one-piece cutout suits, string bikinis, sarongs, sweaters (yup, check out Cheryl Tiegs in 1970!), sarongs, high-cut legs, plunging tops, topless looks, tankinis, floppy beach hats, monokinis, crop top t-shirts, crocheted looks, necklaces as tops, parkas, nearly bottomless pics and even just paint!

Scroll through to see every Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover that has ever existed!

Kate Upton hated the attention she received after appearing on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at the tender age of 19.

The model opened up about the experience on the Skimm’d from The Couch podcast, revealing that while the publicity surrounding her cover started out as “amazing”, she quickly became affected by the very public discussion about her body.

“It was not great. A lot of (the attention) was negative, and even the positive stuff was really creepy,” she explained to co-hosts Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, before confessing that she began to feel very insecure about her body.

“I took (all the criticism) in, and it was all around me. It got to me so much. I was in a very dark and twisted place. I hated myself. I was really wondering why I would expose myself to this kind of criticism. I don’t want to be exposed to stuff like this,” The Other Woman actress candidly shared.

And because she was only a teenager when she landed her first SI Swimsuit cover, Kate was “really scared” being objectified by much older men, and recalled being on the receiving end of some unwanted attention at a pool party.

“Everybody was oohing and ahhing and taking secret photos of me and being like, ‘You love this attention, don’t you?’ That was my last pool party. I never would get in any kind of bikini in front of people (again) because it was just too overwhelming,” she confessed.

Now, the mother-of-one is focusing on empowering other women and models to love their bodies, no matter what shape or size.

“I feel like sharing my experiences and learning from my mistakes and being an example for a better life is the path I want to continue doing,” Kate added.

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Losing baby weight can certainly be a challenging task, but newly minted mom Kate Upton is up for the challenge. According to People, the 26-year-old model is already geared up and ready to get moving. Last month, Upton gave birth to her first daughter, named Genevieve with her husband Justin Verlander. Since then, she has been very open about her challenges with being physically active.

On Instagram, Kate shared a lovely photo of herself with Genevieve strapped to her chest. In the caption, Upton was elated to get a little cardio workout in with her family. Staying honest and as authentic as possible, Kate shared that she wasn’t going to lie to her fans and that it’s been difficult to stay active and eat healthy during the holidays. As busy parents, it’s so easy to hone in on feeling down for oneself for not eating healthy or exercising. Instead, Upton has been focused on traveling and enjoying the little moments with her newborn baby and her family. We certainly love her optimism, and Kate shared that she’s planning to stay motivated for the upcoming year. “I have a long way to go to lose this baby weight but feeling determined for 2019!” Kate wrote on her Instagram post, and we’re sure that there are many other moms out there who can relate.

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@kateupton showed me a new exercise where you do lunges with a kettlebell in each hand and a baby in your belly. It seems really hard so I’ll probably pass, but it’s great to see her continuing to work hard 💪

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Last September, Kate Upton shared an exciting workout specifically tailored for pregnant women. For the past two years, Upton has worked with professional trainer Ben Bruno and kept tabs on her weightlifting journey over time. Before, the model had focused on working out towards being “super fit” but she has since changed her goals. “I’m strengthening my pelvic and doing a lot of hip thrusts, body-weight hip thrusts and lunges and squats to help with delivery and make it easier, hopefully. Fingers crossed.” Upton shared. In a video originally posted by her trainer, Ben Bruno, the clip shows Kate Upton holding two kettlebells at her shoulders, and performing several low lunges.

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#SundayFunday #225pounds @benbrunotraining 💪💪

A post shared by Kate Upton (@kateupton) on Dec 17, 2017 at 11:52am PST

Recently, Upton and her trainer decided to create workout plans together. The exercise regime is called Strong4Me, and includes a 12-week series of thirty-minute workouts that can be accomplished at home. Kate is certainly an inspiration for many busy moms’ out there, and we look forward to hearing more about her fitness progress in the coming year.

What do you think of Kate Upton’s fitness journey? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kate Upton Poses in Unretouched Photos to Call BS on Weight Loss Culture

Kate Upton is calling BS on the toxic but all-too-common notion that exercise is about fitting into a smaller dress size. In fact, she’s made it her mission to encourage women to focus on feeling strong—not looking any one way.

This is one of the main reasons Kate created Strong4Me with her trainer Ben Bruno. The workout program helps women of any fitness level get stronger so they have the energy to tackle all the things they want to do in life. A big part of the program involves doing some of the same moves, but upping your reps—a strategy Kate appreciates because it keeps your attention fixed on the right metrics.

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“The thing about focusing on your own journey and strength is that you see the results more quickly,” she explains. “Instead of beating yourself up about the number on the scale, you notice when you get stronger. It’s a healthier mind-set, one that took me a while to get to. That’s really what I wanted to share with others.”

It may be hard to remember, but Kate exploded onto the modeling scene just over 10 years ago—long before people were openly celebrating curvaceous models. And while many appreciated her va-va-voom figure (she graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four times!), there were quite a few who told her she needed to lose weight so that she would look like other models.

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Kate admits that criticism affected her. But by concentrating on health over weight loss, she’s learned to tune out criticism and stop comparing herself to others. It’s why she wanted this photo shoot to be unretouched—to put real images into the world that show a woman looking strong and confident, with no manipulation. Here, Kate talks more about her business, her feelings on body positivity, and how she blocks out self-doubt.

What inspired you to start Strong4Me?

My own personal fitness journey. There was a lot of trial and error over the past 10 years of my career. I had to figure out how to stay fit with all my travel and while going through so many life changes—like dating someone and getting married. I had to find a way to get everything in—work, travel, personal relationships, and workouts.

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So how did you figure that all out?

It came together when I met Ben Bruno. I was in a great mental place and was ready to just focus on being strong—without caring about the dress size I was “supposed” to fit into. Ben really taught me about strength training. He wrote workouts for me that I could use when I was on the road. They were 30-minute workouts that you can do anywhere. At the same time, I was using Urban Remedy to have premade, healthy meals sent to wherever I was. I wanted to give other women access to these things I had. So Urban Remedy became our nutrition partner for Strong4Me, and Ben helped with the workouts.

And you use the 30-minute workouts in your regular routine?

Yes! When I had my daughter, they really came in handy. I breastfed, so I couldn’t really go anywhere. It was impossible to get to the gym, but I could do the workouts at home—it was great.

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Your daughter was born last year—did it impact your fitness level?

Completely. That was actually the hardest thing for me—going from being extremely strong to not even really being able to do a lunge. I’m more than eight months post giving birth and am still not as strong as I was.

Tell us about your journey with body confidence.

I was a really confident kid. I grew up in Florida—we were always in bikinis, and it was nothing weird. So I never realized that I had a different body type, or that people would have an opinion on my body. When I first started modeling, it was a different time. Some people thought I was too curvy. Now people forget that happened, which actually makes me happy because I think it shows how much the industry has changed. In a lot of ways, I think the industry really built me up and tore me down—and then I built myself back up.

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Can you explain that a bit more?

When I first started modeling, everything was about your measurements and what you fit into. It would be like, “Oh, you don’t fit into those jeans.” You’re shamed. And that’s why it took me a longer time to get to a healthier place. That’s why it’s important for me to push out this different mind-set. I don’t want anyone to have to be in that negative space where they think, “Oh, no! I don’t fit into that size 2 dress.” You know what, who cares? Buy another one!

How did you go about developing a healthier perspective?

By finding good workouts, eating healthy, and putting myself first at some point during the day so I could block that noise out. I find that if I am in a good mental space, I don’t let the bulls— and criticism get to me.

Why do you think unretouched photos are important for women to see?

When you think about it, we have retouching everywhere now—and we don’t even know it. People are staging Instagram shots and retouching those pictures. That’s the new norm. And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should look that way too. So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be—not try to look like someone else.

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There is no doubt in believing that Kate Upton is one of the most popular models ever featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. And knowing that fans can never get enough of Kate Upton’s sexy photos and videos, the magazine took to their official Instagram page and recently shared a throwback video of the model which sent pulses racing within a matter of minutes.

In the video, Upton is featured wearing a very skimpy mauve and burgundy bikini which exposed her perky breasts, taut stomach, and her long legs. In the video, the 26-year-old hottie can be seen leaning against a tree and striking some sultry poses to flaunt her amazing body. She let her hair down, wore minimal makeup, and accessorized with a long, gold chain that hung in between her enviable cleavage.

Within an hour of going live, the video amassed more than 17,000 likes and close to 200 comments where fans complimented Upton on being amazingly sexy.

“She’s literally a goddess,” one person commented on the video.

“Perhaps, the most beautiful woman in the world! I love you!”

Other fans called her “beautiful,” “hottest of all”, and “absolutely gorgeous,” while one fan even wrote that he is jealous of her professional baseball star husband, Justin Verlander.

“So stunning my favorite!” another one commented on the picture.

The video in question was part of Kate Upton’s May 2018 photoshoot with the magazine which was filmed in the Dutch-Caribbean island of Aruba.

Two months after the said photoshoot, Kate took to her Instagram and announced that she was expecting a baby with Verlander.

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#PregnantinMiami @justinverlander ????❤️

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On November 7, the couple welcomed their baby girl into the world and named her Genevieve Upton Verlander. Baby Genevieve’s proud parents both took to their Instagram accounts and introduced the newcomer to their fans, per Cosmopolitan.

“Welcome to the world, Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my the first second I met you!!! 11.7.2018,” new dad Verlander wrote on his Instagram and added a pic of his hand holding the baby’s tiny fingers.

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In another post, where he featured holding the baby, he wrote that although he couldn’t win the Cy Young Award — an accolade annually presented to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball — he is not upset because of his baby girl “waiting for daddy off camera.”

Two weeks after giving birth to Genevieve, Kate Upton took to her Instagram and wished her baby girl a “Happy 2-week birthday,” and shared a picture with her husband from her final days of pregnancy where she is featured lying on a bed with her baby bump on full display.

“It’s crazy we took these photos less than a month ago and now you’re out in the world with us. I’m so grateful to be your mom,” the model wrote.

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In a move that should surprise no one, Kate Upton was named this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model on The Late Show with David Letterman, and she joined nine other models to help promote the new issue during Letterman’s famous “Top Ten” segment.

Tragically, it’s where we learned Upton has a mustache that the SI folks were able to airbrush away. That was by far my least favorite of the jokes. Imagining Kate Upton with a mustache is like imagining the Mona Lisa with a nose ring.

It’s just not right.

The best joke, presented without comment, was “Like the Late Show, Sports Illustrated is made from 99 percent recycled material.”

And how about Dave giving the ladies roses after the segment? Isn’t that cute and antiquated and, ohmigod, how long is he going to pass out the roses?

That was almost as awkward as watching Raymond Berry carry the Vince Lombardi Trophy through a cavalcade of New York Giants players after the Super Bowl.

Almost.

Anyway, congratulations to Kate Upton for the honor of gracing this year’s cover, and congratulations to all of America for the privilege of getting to see Upton grace this year’s cover.

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