Not to be confused with .

Katherine Elizabeth Upton (born June 10, 1992) is an American model and actress. Upton was named the Rookie of the Year following her appearance in the magazine in 2011, and was the for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues. She was also the subject of the 100th-anniversary cover. Upton has also appeared in the films (2011), (2014) and (2017).

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Early life[]

Upton was born in . She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school . Her uncle is . Upton's great-grandfather, , was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer .

In 1999, Upton moved with her family to , where she was a student at . As a young equestrian, she showed at the (APHA) and competed at a national level. With her horse Roanie, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships – 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship, and 14–18 Western Riding. She was named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion, giving her a total of four reserve championships (2nd place). In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty. With a second horse, Colby, she won 14–18 Western Riding and was included in the top 5 in 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure in 2009.

Upton attended a in for in 2008 and was signed the same day. She eventually moved to , where she then signed with IMG Models.

Upton first modeled clothing for and . She was the 2010–11 face of . In 2011, Upton appeared in the . She was featured in the section and named Rookie of the Year for that issue. She has since modeled for Beach Bunny Swimwear, and has appeared in and as "The Woman of the Summer". Upton wore one of the Beach Bunny suits in the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

In April 2011, an Internet video of her doing the hip-hop dance at a game went viral and served to increase her popularity. Guy Trebay of observed that this served to illustrate the power of social media to bestow stardom upon a model, which had previously been the domain of top designer runway shows. In April 2012, Upton appeared in a video of herself performing the Cat Daddy dance to the by , which also went viral.

Upton made an appearance in a June 2011 episode of and participated in the 2011 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at in , in July 2011.

Upton's acting debut was in the film, , as Mr. Hightower’s mistress. It was released in November 2011. She also appeared in as Sister Bernice.

Upton appeared on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, released in February 2012. Upton has also recounted the negative aftereffects of the 2012 Sports Illustrated cover, as she was subjected to criticism and felt she had been objectified.[35]

Upton has appeared in editorials for American, Italian, British, Spanish, German, and Brazilian , , , , , Italian, German, and American , , , and . She has appeared on the covers of Italian, American, and British , French and American , American, Italian, and German , , and .

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for , , , , , , and . She was named the "new face" of cosmetics in 2014.

In 2012, she was ranked the fifth-sexiest model by Models.com She ranked #3 on the American publication of 's Top 99 Women for 2013. In 2012, she was listed on 's Hot 100 list, citing her photo shoots with .

Upton was the for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second consecutive year. Parts of her 2013 pictorial were filmed in and Upton suffered from failing hearing and eyesight due to the extreme cold.

After getting the November 2012 cover photographed by and the January 2013 cover, Upton landed the June 2013 cover by . She was then photographed by for the October 2013 100th anniversary cover of .

In September 2013, Upton was named Model of the Year at the 10th annual Style Awards at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Upton appeared on the flip-side cover of the 2014 50th-anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the first time that type of cover was used by that magazine. Part of her shoot took place at , capturing her in .

In April 2014, she appeared with , , and in the comedy as Amber, one of Coster-Waldau's character's mistresses.

In 2014, Upton starred with in 's music video "". named Upton its "Sexiest Woman" for 2014, the first time the title has been awarded. Also in 2014, Upton was the centerpiece of a million advertising campaign for Machine Zone's mobile app .

In 2017, Upton starred with in , a directed by . The film follows two best friends (Daddario and Upton) on vacation as they fight over the same man during a layover in . Also that year, Upton appeared in 's , about the production of the film .

Personal life[]

Kate Upton and her dog Harley in 2017

Upton has said that her belief in is important to her. During a photo shoot, someone joked about a she wore, saying, "Why are you wearing a ? Like you would be religious", then took the necklace from her to do the shoot. Upton stated about the incident: "I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times." As a result, Upton had a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger.

In 2014, of Upton and several other female celebrities .

As of 2017, she has a , Harley.

Upton started dating then baseball player in early 2014, and they were engaged in 2016. She said while filling in as a co-host for on that she was forbidden by the from wearing ' clothing or accessories at the when attending games in which Verlander was the starting pitcher. In November, 2017, the couple married in . In July 2018, Upton announced that she is pregnant.

Filmography[]

Film[]

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes 2011 Herself Episode: "Bug in Mouth Reporter" 2012 Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit 2012 Herself TV special; dated February 14 2012 Herself Episode: "" 2012 GTTV Presents MLB 2K12: The Perfect Club Herself Episode dated May 24 2017 (singing ' "") Herself Episode dated April 20 2018 Herself, guest judge 1 episode (season 10) 2018 Unsinkable Molly Brown / Blonde Girl Episode: "Your Mouth Is Hanging off Your Face"

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