Kate Upton’s evolution from swimsuit model to the most captivating sex siren in the past half century was cemented in a stunning photo spread in Vogue Italia. If there was ever any doubt about her beauty and versatility, Kate erased them forever.

Her stunning rise at just 20 has not been without controversy. She’s drawn criticism the from fashion industry because of her weight and her looks.

She breaks the mold when it comes to stick-thin models preferred by fashion directors. Kate is voluptuous and unapologetic about her curves.

Kate Upton Stunning Sexuality in Vogue

Some have even criticized her face as “ordinary” and her beauty as “too blonde and too obvious.”

“She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy,” said Victoria’s Secret Fashion Director Sophia Neophitou in a statement that surely has come back to haunt her.

Upton may never have a career walking the runways during fashion week, although at five-feet, 11-inches tall, she has the stature for it. She’s already transcended the runway and its obsession with gaunt, hollow-cheeked models.

Ivan Bart of IMG Models, who signed Upton as a teenager on the strength of her popularity on YouTube told The New York Times “Kate is bigger than fashion; she’s the Jayne Mansfield of the Internet.”

She’s even more than that. She exudes sexuality and innocence not seen since ’50s sex siren Marilyn Monroe and ’60s French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot. Her future is clearly on the big screen.

Upton’s warm embrace by U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour is yielding fruits throughout the Vogue empire. Check out Kate’s photos and Click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for more fashion updates.