When Kate Upton and her assets jiggled onto the scene dancing the Dougie on YouTube (and then the Cat Daddy for Terry Richardson), lots of people (like Victoria’s Secret) were quick to dismiss her as a flash-in-the-pan bit of T&A. Turns out Kate has higher fashion aspirations than just teeny bikinis–but can she pull it off?
A profile in this month’s US Vogue ought to help.
The mag makes a convincing case for Upton’s high fashion potential, styling her in Altuzarra without a hint of cleavage, and taking her on a tour of some big name designers’ studios–one of whom sees runway potential in her.
Upton wants to be high fashion, too. At Altuzarra’s studio she said, “Now I enjoy fashion so much, but I don’t think people realize it, because I’m always in a bikini.”
After visiting Altuzarra, Upton popped over to new BFF Michael Kors’ studio (remember she was his guest to the Met Ball) for some career advice. Kors likes her curves and wouldn’t necessarily cover them up:
She could go sporty and American, a Christie Brinkley type, or bombshell fifties, but let’s face it, I’m not going to turn her into Annie Hall. When I cast a show, I’m not looking for robots. I don’t want to see the same size or coloring or proportions. I want personality! We went from big personalities on the runway to no personalities–now I think we’re ready for a blend.
Does that mean we could see her on Kors’ runway this September? “I think we have a new generation of designers who don’t understand why a Sports Illustrated model can’t be in the mix,” Kors said. “I do think the old rules are tumbling.”
While being a tad noncommittal, Kors did give her some encouragement:
Then he looks into her eager face and muses that once in a great while a really special girl–maybe just like her!–comes along. ‘There are a brilliant few who can do it all–commercial, high fashion, everything. Why not?’
Why not, indeed. Upton obviously already has Anna Wintour’s stamp of approval, showing up at the Met Ball and then getting her very own Vogue profile. We’re pretty sure those aren’t given out lightly. Yeager also points out that other “curvy” models (read: models with racks) like Doetzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr have had success both commercially and on catwalks. And as we’ve mentioned before, Upton is darn likable and in on the joke. Combine all this with what sounds like a thumbs-up rom Michael Kors, and it could totally happen. We’re rooting for her.
What do you think? Will Kate Upton be snagging a Prada campaign anytime soon?