Kate Upton may appear in the latest Victoria's Secret catalog (on the back cover no less), but that doesn't necessarily mean she's currently working with the lingerie giant.
The photo was actually taken before Sophia Neophitou, who casts the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, famously said to the New York Times, “We would never use her. 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.”
We know that the photo is old--most likely from a shoot Upton did for Victoria's Secret back in 2011--which Buzzfeed has rounded up (and hilariously captioned) here. Page Six cites a source who says, “The pictures are from 2011,” and that, “Kate’s not currently contracted to work with Victoria’s Secret, and they didn’t contact her before they used these images.”
According to the gossip column story, Upton is "furious" that Victoria's Secret used the images without her permission. (Perhaps now that she's covered Vogue and other glossies, Upton feels she's too good for the bra and panty catalog. Or maybe she's not actually "furious" at all.)
To back up that report, a site called Brobible (which may sound questionable, but if you think about it, who would follow Upton's career more closely than bros?) says the photos are not new. Furthermore, a commenter on this site first tipped us off by pointing out: "I seem to remember that exact picture being in one of their fall or winter catalogs, maybe they're just reusing the image. I'm not positive on this, but it seems more likely after what VS said about using her in shows (or not using her, more like) that they would recycle an image than book her again."
Upton's hair and makeup look pretty much identical to the old photos and Victoria's Secret's inventory doesn't change that much--it makes sense that they'd still be selling the same bra two years later. Plus, the models probably sign contracts that allow VS to use the photos whenever they want, or at least for a few years after they're taken.
Victoria's Secret declined to comment.