Ok, yes — there is a hint of bias in that headline. I think Kate Upton is awesome, and so I’m not down with people hating on her. But apparently, Sophia Neophitou, who helps cast Victoria’s Secret shows, doesn’t care what I think (!!). In an article in today’s New York Times about Upton’s unusual look (for a model — you can’t see her ribs, you know?) and the fact that she made her way to the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition after creating a platform for herself via the world wide web (here’s the video that first made people love her), Neophitou had these choice words to say:
“We would never use” Ms. Upton for a Victoria’s Secret show, Ms. Neophitou said by telephone last week from London. And, while Ms. Upton has, in fact, modeled on occasion for the company’s catalog, her look, said Ms. Neophitou, is “too obvious” to be featured in what has become the most widely viewed runway show in the world..
“She’s like a Page 3 girl,” Ms. Neophitou said, referring to the scantily clad voluptuous women featured in The Sun, a London 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.” [tagbox tag="Kate Upton"]
Wow. Haters gonna hate. Fortunately, Upton doesn’t seem overly concerned with what other people think. In the same article, she says:
“People told me I couldn’t be fashion, that I’m just an old-fashioned body girl, only good for swimwear,” Ms. Upton said. “But I knew that I could bring back the supermodel.”
“What can I say?” she added. “I’m relatable.”