Her photo spread is a welcome respite from winter and a reminder that Memorial Day is only nine weeks away.
“After a long winter, I’m excited to slip into the new Express collection,” Upton said in a statement, echoing that thought.
“I’m a Florida girl at heart and feel most confident wearing sundresses, breezy tops and of course, my go-to classic shorts and camis,” she added.
Upton posed for renowned fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti in Miami, near where she grew up, wearing pastel colors, floral designs and distresed denim.
Upton leaped to national attention after her appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She was named Rookie of the Year in 2011 and graced the cover in 2012 and 201. She’s moved upscale since then and broadened her resume to acting.
Upton debuted on the big screen in 2011’s “Tower Heist” and also appeared in “The Three Stooges” as Sister Bernice. Her biggest role to date was in the 2014 film “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
Upton has been nominated for the Best Shirtless Performance for her role at the upcoming 2015 MTV Movie Awards, scheduled for April 12 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Check out her photos and the video below to find out why she’s a shoe-in for the award, and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest fashion news.
Footnote: Kate is back on the market! She reportedly split with three-year boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander in January.