CAPE TOWN – “At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realised that it wasn’t realistic – that this is just the shape of my body”, says supermodel-turned-actress Kate Upton.
Upton was told to lose weight “all the time” when she first started out in the modelling industry. The 24-year-old blonde beauty never allowed weight to be an obstacle that blocked her from being the world known successful model for embracing her natural curves and couldn’t care less about any negative comments.
She further added that, “Where I grew up, it was considered a great thing to have a curvy body to fill out a bathing suit. For that to be a negative was so confusing to me.
“And besides, when I started working, I was booked constantly, mostly for catalogue work. So when people were saying, ‘Oh, she doesn’t have the right look for a model’, I thought, ‘Then why am I working every single day?’ ”
One of the main reasons Kate decided to become a model is because of her mother’s support when she was bullied at school for her distinctive features.
“Kids can be cruel, and they used to make fun of me for having long legs and bushy eyebrows. My mom would flip through magazines and say, ‘Look, all these models have that too.’ I decided I wanted to be a model.”