She did her first bikini shoot with Sports Illustrated on her 18th birthday, and was the cover star of the mag's famous swimsuit issue two years in a row when she was just 19 and 20 - but curvy model Kate Upton, 21, has spoken up about how "she felt terrible about" herself after she landed the career-making cover in 2012.
"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month," the former equestrian champ told Elle magazine of the picture of herself in a red bikini.
"Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your s*** out."
You tell 'em!
The Michigan native, who is as famous for YouTube clips of her gone viral as she is her modelling (the link is the original Dougie dance clip from 2011 that later inspired the very-famous Cat Daddy red bikini clip), also commented on how people presume models are stupid...
"People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you," she explains. "It's actually funny. I'm always like, I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know."
While her 2012 Sports Illustrated cover was the one that left Upton feeling less than great post-release, she still did another one, and her 2013 cover is controversial for what it did to her body mid-shoot.
The now-famous picture of the model in an open jacket was taken in Antarctica, and Upton has said - quite predictably - that "it was freezing".
"I could really only do it for a minute and then everyone would come running and throw blankets on top of me and they would build me like a little blanket cave,'' she said.
"I'm from Florida, so it wasn't great for me. When I came back I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard to keep warm. I was thinking warm thoughts."
Body shutting down? Sports Illustrated need to get their health and safety at work policy updated.
Meanwhile, in the personal life files, the gorgeous model who was told by Victoria's Secret that her look is "too obvious", has dated American Football player Mark Sanchez and MBL baseball player Justin Verlander, and she's recently been linked to Dancing With The Stars dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but she says it's not that serious...
'I really have never had a serious relationship in the industry,' she says. 'I'm just having fun. Obviously I have a very busy schedule at this time in my life, and I don't put relationships as a priority.'
Behind the scenes on Kate Upton's September 2013 Elle cover shoot...
We also wonder if the reactions Kate experienced back in 2012 had just as much to do with the fact it was the year this ad was released as it does that one Sports Illustrated image...
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