Kate Upton has been named Model of the Year and will be honored at this year's New York Fashion Week.

Kate Upton has been named Model of the Year and will be honored at this year’s New York Fashion Week.

Kate Upton doesn’t have to turn it on to look sexy, but when she does, when she goes all out to raise temperatures. She was just named named Model of the Year for 2013 and will be so honored at New York Fashion Week.

Kate, who is best known as a swimsuit model, has no trouble hitting the boiling point in a new series of photos for Contributor magazine.

Kate, who oozes more sexuality yawning than most models, was photographed by Yu Tsai wearing Guess and Marciano Collection lingerie… or nothing.

The sizzling photos, shot on location in Los Angeles, were styled by Melissa Klitzke-Rubini with make up by Fiona Stiles. Kate appears against a backdrop of classic furniture and Old World architecture.

Kate Upton Sizzles in Guess, Marciano
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Kate pulled a rare double by appearing on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue two years in a row, but she really broke out of the mold in high-fashion photo shoots for Vogue magazine in the United States, Italy and Germany.

David Yurman also tapped her to rep for the brand. She follows supermodels Kate Upton and Gisele Bundchen.

Kate was born in St. Joseph, Mich., and raised in Melbourne, Fla., where she became an accomplished equestrian growing up. “I showed in the American Paint Horse Association and competed for top 20 in the nation,” she told GQ magazine.

“So, I have my own horse and two ponies. I grew up around horses, and that really is my passion,” she says.

Model of the Year honors will be bestowed on Upton at the 10th annual Style Awards, Sept. 4. The awards traditionally kick off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in New York City.

This year for the first time, CNN will air the festivities on Sept. 14. Until then, check out Kate’s breath-taking photos in Contributor, a fashion and culture magazine, and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest in fashion news.