This photoshoot with Kate Upton in Vogue was sick. One thing is for sure — Kate is an amazing model, and Mario Testino is a fabulous photographer (duh). And props to whomever scouted this location and to the stylist. I feel like there is an extra special quality to these photos that is unexplainable — and I just can’t stop staring at them.
A few interesting bits from the Vogue article written by Lizzie Widdicombe (italicized):
In 2012, Kate was the fourth-most-popular search on Yahoo—just behind Election, iPhone5, and Kim Kardashian.
She cold-called the front desk at IMG—and did enough persuasive talking to arrange a meeting with a scout, who introduced her to the agency’s senior vice president, Ivan Bart. Upton says she was successful because she had a plan. “I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that’s what it meant.”
Talk about gusto. I loved reading that she went to that length to reach her goals.
Michael Kors said, “When I look at Kate’s figure I think, This is a person who’s enjoying life. It harks back to the seventies, when we first had models like Patti Hansen and Christie Brinkley. They were sexy, but they were also athletic. And I think that Kate is very much that. You see her, and her skin is glowing; she’s got a gorgeous smile. It’s optimistic. It’s not about a sad girl on the corner. It’s about a girl who’s enjoying herself.”
Diane von Furstenberg calls Upton the perfect role model, representing the idea that you should “embrace who you are”—curves included. “Two things are extremely attractive,” she says. “Health is beauty, and confidence is beauty.”
Diane is so freaking quotable.
Photos by Mario Testino, Vogue Magazine