Kate Upton Says Her First Sports Illustrated Cover Made Men Stop Treating Her Like A Person


We’ve made it quite clear around these parts that we deplore the practice of turning human women into manic pixie dream girls who exist purely to advance the plot of some movie that is playing solely in a sensitive bro’s head. But what about plain old regular dream girls? As it turns out, they are people too.

In the September issue of Elle Magazine, platonic essence of babeliness sentient being Kate Upton discusses how strange and icky it felt after she emerged triumphantly from her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover shoot, only to find that men treated her even less like a person than they already treat women. Spoiler alert: this made her feel like shit.

“After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I’m not a toy, I’m a human. I’m not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your shit out.”

Slow down there, Andrea Dworkin! Next thing we know you’re going to be asking to vote in elections and work outside the home.

She also talks about how annoying it is when people assume she is stupid just because she’s a sexy blonde swimsuit model:

“People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It’s actually funny. I’m always like, I’m about to pull something on you,  and you’re so focused on thinking I’m dumb you’re not even going to know.”

Personally, I would like to know what kinds of things people are attempting to “pull over” on Kate Upton, and what type of over-pulling she is dishing out in return. Is she putting fake scorpions in dudes’ porn collections? Real spiders in their j.o. grease? Because those would be some funny jokes for Kate Upton to play.

There’s also the prerequisite quote about her body without which no Kate Upton story would be complete, at least not until she loses those last pesky ten pounds:

“I don’t really take offense to [the assholes who call her fat]. I’m fine with it. I really do like my body and growing up in Florida, it was always a good thing if you could fill out a bikini.”

So there you have it: Kate Upton is neither fat, nor dumb, nor a lifelike blow-up doll that exists solely for men’s pleasure. The more you know!

(Via Elle)

Photo: Sports Illustrated

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    • Whitney

      Loved this. Thanks!

    • Shivani

      I find it extremely hard to take the “I’m so tired of being objectified” bullsh*t from someone who regularly appears in stuff like SI and Esquire. That’s like saying “I’m so tired of people reading my books all the time” when you’re a published author. :/

      • Tania

        You can think someone is sexy without treating them like an object.

      • Shivani

        You guys are talking about a person who literally fucked a cheeseburger for a commercial! You can’t do that and call out people for “objectifying” you. You know what’s a good way to not be objectified? Stop riding on horses topless. And the people who know her could be the same people who saw the SI cover. I normally like Kate Upton but this is complete hypocritical bullshit.

      • Tania

        “You guys are talking about a person.”

        Right. That’s our point.

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      • jamiepeck

        It’s one thing for people who don’t know her to objectify her by gazing at her covers with lust. It’s another for people who do know her to treat her like a blow-up doll.

    • Sabina

      You are being catty ladies. The woman looks amazing, she is modeling because she can, and men can objectify women who are hot but not models anyway. I am good at sales, and I use my ability to make money. It’s the same with her. No need to be mean. We all face challenges

    • Mizz

      People receive the attention they seek… give it a rest, Gloss, this article is absurd. She IS a person, but one who advertises her body for male attention in male-oriented magazines. If she can’t handle the consequences, she should put clothes on and find another line of work..