The reluctant sex symbol

Kate Upton has got the world in a spin. Here, she talks style, diets and what she makes of her bombshell status…

The reluctant sex symbol

One thing you’re definitely famous for is your curves. Do you feel like you have become a role model for “normal” women?

I hope I have, as I feel really confident in my body. I grew up in Florida and we were always running around in bikinis, so it was something really natural for me. But to hear that many women don’t feel that way, and they feel judged – and I’ve been under that judgment, too – it sucks. And it’s not just the media; being judged hurts just as bad if it’s from your colleagues, or your family, or whoever is judging you.

What do you look for in a guy?

I like a charming, sweet and funny guy who is genuine.

In your movie, The Other Woman, you play a character who dates a married man. Is that a no-no in real life?

My parents are still married and my grandparents are still married, too, so marriage really means a lot to me. My character in the movie would never do that [date a married man] if she knew he was still with his wife.

Do you think women cheat just as much as men?

I don’t know, but I do feel like men and women have similar experiences where they end up getting hurt in a cheating situation. It’s something I don’t want to be a part of in the near future.

As a model, do you feel you’re judged more harshly by men or by women?

At the beginning, by women. Then there was this weird change where women were more on my side, while men started judging me more.

Are there any new diet crazes you’re into?

When I first started modeling, I was definitely stricter with myself about it, and then I realised I’ve gotten a certain amount of success so I should just enjoy my life and have fun with it. If I am always focusing on my weight, I am not going to be able to enjoy what I’ve actually accomplished.

What’s your favourite food?

I love sushi, and I am really addicted to sautéed spinach with melted feta cheese on top. I could eat that all day!

Do you have a favourite fashion moment so far?

Yes. The first time I got the cover forSports Illustrated, I wore a red Lanvin dress [at the issue launch], and I’m still obsessed with that dress.

What sort of things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My sisters are my best friends and I love being with them. I also have a horse, and I ride him on my off time.

You’re an award-winning equestrian. When did you begin riding?

I think I was seven years old. Then I started showing when I was 10 or 11 – it’s very calming, almost like therapy.

Everyone describes you as being beautiful and sexy. When do you actually feel sexy?

Probably in sweatpants watching a movie! I’m like, “I am killing it in these sweatpants!”

How comfortable are you with this sex-symbol label?

When I hear things like “sex symbol”, it just makes me laugh.

Read the full interview in the June issue of Comsopolitan magazine - on sale now!