Upton caused a stir in the fashion world when she landed on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in only her second year posing for the magazine. But it hasn’t been a totally smooth ride.
She’s drawn fire from fashion directors like Victoria’s Secret’s head stylist, Sophia Neophitou, who scoffed that Upton would never walk in any VS show because of her weight.
Kate Upton Trades Bikinis for Sexy Sportswear
Not long after that stinging rebuff, Wintour swept in and featured the 20-year-old model in U.S. Vogue. Gone were the barely there bikinis; instead Kate was swathed in haute couture.
That fact that Upton is back in the magazine for its November issue in a full-on fashion spread suggests that she’s officially in the club. She poses for photographer Steven Meisel in classic American sportswear by Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.
Last year, Wintour joined fashion editors around the globe in a campaign to promote healthy models with proportional body weight in the fashion industry. Upton appears to be benefiting.
Of note, in August, Ralph Lauren hired its first plus-size model, Australian Robyn Lawley, for its upcoming campaign.
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