As the cover model for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, Kate Upton took the world by storm. It seemed like she had the world at her fingertips -- men falling all over her, women envying her insanely sexy curves. But the supermodel reveals to ELLE for their September issue that the experience actually left her feeling objectified and ridiculed.
"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something," she reveals. Ugh! Sadly, I can totally see that happening. And it's really sad that she was made to feel that way -- especially when the rest of the world was assuming she was enjoying so much success. Thankfully, Kate's not holding back from calling out seriously bad behavior.
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 sh-t out.
Whoa, I wonder who exactly she feels needs to "figure [their] sh-t out." But it could be a general statement aimed at anyone who insists on objectifying her. After all, that has seemed to be a perpetual issue she's encountered. She goes on to admit that even in professional settings, she's treated like a stereotypical "dumb blonde." She elaborates:
People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. 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.'
The thing is ... they should know. In her interviews, Kate comes off like an astute, business-savvy young woman, interested in all aspects of her career and aware of her power. It's beyond annoying that anyone would assume she's immature, brainless, or disempowered based on the fact that she's, uh, gorgeous! But, welcome to the world we unfortunately still live in!
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Sixty years ago, it happened to Marilyn, and now it's happening to Kate. The more things change, the more they stay the same. What a bummer. Still, bravo to hear for talking about this, being bold and unafraid to slam the stereotypes, and making it known that she's the one getting the last laugh.
Are you surprised by Kate's quotes? What do you think we can do to change these sexist stereotypes?
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