At only 21 and with a body that many high-fashion crusaders have slammed, Kate Upton proved the haters wrong and scooped Model of the Year at the Style Awards last night. You go girl.
(Remember when Victoria's Secret casting director Sophia Neophitou said the brand would never use her in a show because she had "too-blonde hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy." Who's laughing now?)
The Sports Illustrated model beamed as her name was called out during the event at New York's Lincoln Center.
Fellow Michigan-born model Christie Brinkley, 59, presented Kate with the prize.
Designer Rachel Zoe was also honoured at the event, which marked her first outing since announcing her pregnancy earlier this week. The 42-year-old blonde was presented with the Stylist of the Year Award at the ceremony, which was hosted by fellow fashionista Nicole Richie.
Zac Posen won the Designer of the Year Award, while John Varvatos took home the Top Menswear Designer title.
Zac shared his love of fashion while accepting his prize from Christie.
"I love your clothes. I mean the cut, the femininity," she gushed.
"Well, I love women. It should be about encouraging that. That's why we do what we do to celebrate these amazing, amazing iconic creatures. Let them flourish and feel good forever. That's what fashion is for," Zac replied.
Other winners at the event were Patrick DeMarchelier as Photographer of the Year, Victor Cruz as Most Stylish Athlete of the Year and Frederic Fekkai as best hairstylist.
Trish Summerville took home Best Costume Design Film for The Hunger Games, Victoria's Secret earned the title of Most Visible Brand and Janie Bryant won the prize of Best Costume Design TV for Mad Men.
The awards themselves were designed by Tiffany & Co. to celebrate the designers' and brands' contributions to the world of fashion.
In other Kate Upton is winning news, she's the cover girl for Vanity Fair's prestigious 100th anniversary issue next month ... check out some behind the scenes moments from her shoot with Annie Leibovitz ...
ALL THE WINNERS FROM THE STYLE AWARDS...
Model of the Year: Kate Upton
Stylist of the Year: Rachel Zoe
Most Stylish Athlete of the Year: Victor Cruz
Designer of the Year: Zac Posen
Menswear Designer of the Year: John Varvatos
Most Visible Brand: Victoria's Secret
Best hairstylist: Frederic Fekkai
Best photographer: Patrick DeMarchelier
Best Costume Design Film: Trish Summerville (The Hunger Games)
Best Costume Design TV: Janie Bryant (Mad Men)
- Cover Media