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Loved this look… thank you to my team! 🤍 Kate Upton

Loved this look… thank you to my team! 🤍 Kate Upton

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Loved this look… thank you to my team! 🤍 Kate Upton

Katherine Elizabeth Upton was born in June 10, 1992, is an American model. She first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues. In addition, she was the subject of the 100th-anniversary Vanity Fair cover. Upton has also appeared in the films Tower Heist (2011), The Other Woman (2014) and The Layover (2017).

Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan. She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former Texas state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director. Her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton. Upton’s great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation.

In 1999, Upton moved with her family to Melbourne, Florida, where she was a student at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. As a young equestrian, she showed at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and competed at a national level. With her horse Roanie, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships – 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship, and 14–18 Western Riding. She was named the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion, giving her a total of four reserve championships (2nd place). In addition, Upton ended up third overall on the APHA youth Top Twenty. With a second horse, Colby, she won 14–18 Western Riding and was included in the top 5 in 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure in 2009.

Upton is Christian and has said that her belief in God is important to her. During a photo shoot, someone joked about a cross necklace she wore, saying, “Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious”, then took the necklace from her to do the shoot. Upton stated about the incident: “I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times.” As a result, Upton had a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger.

In 2014, nude photographs of Upton and several other female celebrities were illegally leaked to the Internet. Upton started dating then Detroit Tigers baseball player Justin Verlander in early 2014, and they were engaged in 2016. On November 4, 2017 the couple married in Tuscany, Italy. They have a daughter who was born in November 2018.

For several years, Upton owned a boxer dog named Harley. He died in September 2021.