Kate Upton: future Angel?

“Plus size” model Kate Upton has received quite the media attention in the past few months. From sex symbol to respected model, Upton has climbed the ranks as a force to be reckoned with. She loves her body the way it is, and so do we, despite some of the outrageous comments made about her appearance. In fact, stylist Sophia Neophitou, who has helped cast several VS runway shows, didn’t have anything nice to say about Upton as a model:

“We would never use [Upton for a Victoria’s Secret sho]. She’s like a Page 3 girl (referencing the  curvy women often featured in The Sun, a British tabloid). She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Upton took it in her long-legged stride: “I’m doing fine in my career, I don’t need to walk down their runway so it’s all good. She can think that and I can think whatever I want about her.”

The 20 year old bombshell has now modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Vogue Italia (November 2012), British Vogue (January 2013), and US Vogue (May 2013), as well as Sports Illustrated (twice), and GQ.

The model also has Youtube fame after a viral video and a music video in which she was featured, and boasts almost a million Twitter followers. Her fame has also helped spark the weight and body image debate, especially after a blogger dared to call her overweight (she’s 130 pounds).

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Kate Upton on the Cover of Vogue

Twenty year old Kate Upton is doing more than making a name for herself: she’s helping facilitate a much needed and long awaited change in the way women are portrayed in the media. The bombshell graces the cover of the most recent edition of Vogue, where she is referred to as “the hottest supermodel on earth,”:

a90d42d2-4b62-49d1-bd9e-01193869c837_kateuptoncover_vogueWe must celebrate the appearance of a plus sized model on the cover of a high fashion magazine, marking Vogue’s effort to promote and picture healthier looking promises, recalling a promise they made in 2012. The magazine expressed an interest in the well-being of their readers and promised to not work with models under the age of sixteen, “who appear to have an eating disorder.” The magazine also encouraged designers to rethink how they picture, design, and market clothing, which often drives models to diet in order to fit into unrealistically proportioned clothes.

Upton speaks fondly of her own body, ignoring the preposterous “overweight” comments that have been thrown her way:

“The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can’t change. I can’t change my bra size. They’re natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It’s what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.”

The Dark Side of the Modeling Industry

The Devil Wears Prada gave us an insider’s look at a fashion magazine. The film, based on the novel, is the nearly true life account of one woman’s experience working for Vogue. Yes, names had to be changed and even some situations were tweaked, but the veil was a thin one. Meryl Streep’s cold character is known to be reminiscent of American Vogue’s Anna Wintour:

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The novel’s author, Lauren Weisberger, gives her honest account of what it was like working for one of the best known names in fashion… of course she had to disguise some elements, and leave out aspects of truth (like the fact that she suffered amoebic dysentery before being hired, leaving her rail thin, although still a target for criticism regarding her weight).

Last year, editor-in-chief at Australia’s Vogue was unexpectedly dropped from the work roster. One day after her surprise-firing, she was offered a book deal to tell her story. She took it. Kirstie Clements recently published The Vogue Factor, in which she recounts the things she saw and heard as editor. Clements recounts some particularly extreme dieting habits– which may not surprise you at first given that it’s the modeling industry and when isn’t there an extreme diet going around? But Clements recalls models snacking on tissues. Yes, tissues. This isn’t an episode of My Strange Addiction— apparently the tissues would expand in their stomachs, stifling and hunger pangs. Clements also reports seeing models on hospital drips. She also addresses the issue of airbrushing. So many people are quick to say a photo has been airbrushed to make someone look skinnier, but Clements claims that some models were so skinny that they had to be airbrushed to look less malnourished.

 

Star Transformation: extreme weight loss

Did anyone see Magic Mike? I know I did! It was like going to a strip club without the shame of walking in, the shame of walking out, or the one dollar bills pulled from my purse and stuffed into some hunk’s g-string. It was a great show… not a great movie. Channing Tatum has a body and face to die for, and Matthew McConaughey slides in nicely at second (I’m young so I pick Channing, but my mom is a diehard McConaughey fan, so I think he fares better with the more mature ladies). He was buff and tanned and oiled up. It was a great look, I won’t lie.

However, he has recently been forced to shed forty pounds for a role as a man with AIDS. The film has since concluded filming and the star has put healthy weight back on– by that I mean, in the form of muscles, and is looking great. Here we see him during filming:

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….He looks downright terrifying.  Some other stars that have shed necessary weight are Fifty Cent, who was actually portraying a friend of his, and Christian Bale for the Machinist. We’re happy to report that both Fifty Cent and Christian Bale have since returned to their healthy musculature. You can see the comparisons of both below:

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And last but not least, since I like to leave on a positive note… but more so because I really like to look at Matthew McConaughey when he doesn’t have a shirt on:

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