Kate Upton YouTube Model: The incredible story of how she became a 36DD
The boys at Kate Upton’s school say they never gave her a second look… They’re looking now.
At the age of 20 she has burst out from nowhere to earning an estimated £2million as the world’s No1 bikini model – and is expected to rake in £50million.
Kate’s spectacular rise from a small town, flat-chested, geeky girl next door is a Youtube phenomenon.
In record time the glamour world’s new darling, with her 36DD chest, has leapt ahead of established names to become the most in-demand supermodel.
Celebrities are fighting to date her, top designers are lining up to sign her and she is being hailed as the sexiest ever US Sports Illustrated magazine cover girl.
Kate is seen as the first in a new generation of internet-spawned models.
She was ready to slog her way to the top with years of photoshoots, adverts and magazine assignments.
But she took a fame-game short cut by building up a fan base of millions through her fun YouTube dance videos.
Florida girl Kate was signed up at 16 by the Elite agency after going to an audition in 2008. She struggled initially to find work as a catalogue model.
Superstars such as Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen and Heidi Klum had clawed their way up on the catwalks.
Kate’s fast track to success came after she posted a video of herself at a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game doing the dougie, a dance popularised in a tune by Cali Swag District.
It became a YouTube sensation after going viral and attracting more than three million views plus winning her 170,000 Twitter followers. Another YouTube dance, this time to the Rej3ctz’s song Cat Daddy, also gained massive interest.
The clip was even removed from YouTube for a few days because the site’s regulators deemed it too sexual.
The buzz created gave 36-25-34 Kate huge marketing potential and she was signed to another top agency, IMG.
Modelling website publisher Wayne Sterling said: “We all know that social media now creates its own reality.
“If you become a YouTube star among teenagers you have even more recognisability than a TV star. Kate Upton is the perfect example of that.”
Her agent Ivan Bart went so far as to say: “Kate is bigger than fashion. She’s the Jane Mansfield of the internet.”
Another industry insider said: “If she carries on like this, with endorsements and other deals, she will be worth £50million well before she hits 30.”
Kate’s generous curves recall 1950s film stars such as Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe rather than some of the stick-thin youngsters on today’s catwalks.
Former school friends at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida, describe her as being an average B-grade student.
None of them can recall eye-catching cleavage or a sexy figure trying to peep out from her uniform of white oxford shirt and green plaid kilt. Instead they remember a flat-chested “nerdy looking” teen.
A former classmate stunned by her sudden rise to stardom said: “She definitely wasn’t the prettiest girl in school.
“Kate was the bridge between the popular crowd and the losers.
“She wasn’t really outgoing. She was very slim, flat chested and sort of nerdy looking.
“I’m not sure she ever had a boyfriend in school.” One boy who was a pupil at the academy said: “I remember Kate being in and out of class a lot, travelling and trying to make it as a model. She was never overly confident or annoying about it.
“Then one day she just left school and never came back. It was almost like she blossomed overnight into this beautiful woman, never to be heard from again.
“Now talking to all the guys from our class back then we’re all regretful that we never asked her out.”
The schoolmates’ memories tally with Kate’s account of her meteoric success after a sudden blossoming.
In a recent US magazine interview she said: “I don’t really know what the appeal is about boobs but I do know that when I was in junior high I used to be made fun of for being flat-chested.
Everyone would go, ‘She’s not pretty! She doesn’t have boobs!’
“So I always had boob envy. And when finally I went through my growth spurt and they appeared I just loved them.
“So that’s why I like boobs, because I didn’t have them and then I got ’em.”
That body has helped her amass a multi-million pound fortune in four years as a model – before her 21st birthday.
Kate, born in Michigan but brought up in the Sunshine State, is from a well to-do family. Her uncle Fred Upton, 59, is a long-standing Michigan congressman in the US House of Representatives.
She has four siblings and as a girl she was taken to church every day and was keen on horse riding – winning national titles at under-13 and under-14.
Standing 5ft 10ins, her breakthrough came when Elite Model Management signed her after a casting call in Miami.
The agency had discovered Cindy Crawford, Gisele and Lara Stone. Moving to Elite’s New York base, Kate was soon getting noticed and raised a few eyebrows when she was spotted at a hotel with rapper Kanye West, then 33, when she was only 18.
She went on to date Mark Sanchez, 25, the quarterback for the New York Jets American football team.
In films she has made cameos in last year’s Tower Heist and new release The Three Stooges.
Bizarrely, Kate’s body has made her a hate figure on twisted pro-anorexia websites. And Sophia Neophitou, who casts Victoria’s Secret shows, told the New York Times she thought Kate was “too obvious” looking for her.
Neophitou said: “She’s like a Page 3 girl or a footballer’s wife with the tooblonde hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can buy.”
But supermodel and author Carol Alt said: “Kate’s laughing all the way to the bank. I would just say, ‘Keep your head up and keep moving forward.’ ”
Originally posted 2013-11-27 16:05:17.