Scoring a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover sure can do wonders for a girl's career. Exhibit A: Kate Upton. After gaining internet fame with her rendition of the Dougie, she snagged the SI swimsuit cover and her star has been rising ever since.
Upton recently went back to her roots--and by that we mean creating viral dance videos--doing a, um, jiggly Cat Daddy dance for Terry Richardson while wearing that famous flossy bikini. Uncle Terry posted it on his site Tuesday and it promptly went viral, despite the lack of a nip slip (we still can't figure out how that never happened.) Anyway, after the video got about 700,000 hits, YouTube banned it for its salacious content, Richardson re-posted it to Vimeo, and then YouTube put it back anyway.
The moral? The video now has over 1.1 million hits. There's no such thing as bad publicity.
At least let's hope Anna Wintour doesn't think so.
Photo: Terry Richardson/Terry's Diary
This whole story sounds super fishy to us, but Page Six is reporting that Upton made a visit to the Vogue offices to talk to Anna about her "dream" of attending the Met Ball. It sounds like the editrix didn't immediately issue a gratis invitation, and a "source" told the Post:
"Then [Upton] offered to pay for her own ticket. Kate then whipped out her checkbook and paid the $25,000 for her seat. Anna took the check on the spot."
Sources tell Page Six that Upton will wear Michael Kors and sit at his table. Hope it's true! She'd look great in Kors. [Ed. note: Seeing as how Kate Upton was shot by Katie Grand for the Prada/Schiaparelli book (see shot at left), we kind of expected to see her at Monday's event anyway...]
Oh but wait, there's more. The gossip column is also reporting that Upton will appear in a future issue of Vogue in a makeover (make under?) themed spread. Maybe now Victoria's Secret will change their mind about not wanting to use her in the future?
So has all this really inspired your inner Kate Upton? Well, you can now expose your outer Kate Upton in that teensy bikini: Suit Yourself is selling the exact same bikini as the one Upton squeezed her Ds into, and has even named it "The Kate" in her honor, according to Complex. And how much, you ask, will a few triangles and some dental floss set you back? Only $180--which, when you think about it, is a total steal considering you didn't even have to pose for creepy Uncle Terry to get your hands on it.
Oh and we reached out to Vogue. They have no comment. Duh.