Ever since she made her debut in the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, Kate Upton has become synonymous with curves. But while she’s been lauded for her body, it hasn’t always been that way.
Kate says that before she got big she had plenty of people telling her to lose weight. Talking with Glamour, she explains,
“At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic—that this is just the shape of my body. So I had to block them out. I think that the people who are the loudest about wanting to change you are the people with the least amount of vision and creativity. ”
The model adds that this was particularly startling because as a child, curves were always the ideal. Now that she’s gotten through the rough patch, she’s grateful she didn’t change her body to meet the industry’s crazy demands.
“The fact that people were having a conversation about whether I should conform to fashion or not gave me a great platform, because I wanted to show that you shouldn’t conform, you should be the best you, the healthiest you. You shouldn’t always try to change yourself, because then how are we going to tell anybody apart? It’s like L.A.—how do I know who’s who? You all look like sisters.”
Amen! We’re so glad that Kate got this conversation started and that she didn’t give in and change her body. Besides, she looks pretty perfect just as she is to us!