Ever since I saw THAT Terry Richardson video of blonde swimwear model Kate Upton I’ve had a bit of a girl crush. How she manages not to pop out of that bikini top I’ll never know!
I was pleasantly surprised that British Vogue put her on the cover this month. She’s stunningly beautiful and got a body to die for, but not one I’d normally associate with Vogue’s film star/high fashion cover policy of recent times.
|Kate Upton, British Vogue, January 2013|
However, judging by these latest pictures for edgy New York footwear designer Sam Edelman, maybe curves can sell high fashion after all.
The spring/summer ’13 campaign was shot by David Lipman, who said they “chose Kate because she isn’t stick thin. She’s beautiful and all-American”.
The images certainly have an old-school Hollywood glamour feel to them and make the most of Kate’s many assets, but not what I would’ve expected from the brand. It will be interesting to see how women react to a model who ultimately made a living out of appealing to men but is now pushing for female admiration.
Vogue’s editor Alexandra Shulman probably summed it up best when she explained why she chose Kate as the magazine’s January cover girl:
“It’s very rare for a girl; to move from one area of the business to the other, largely due to the fact that fashion models are almost without curves, whereas swimwear girls are celebrated for them…When I decided to shoot Kate for our first cover of 2013, it was to kick off the year with a young women who is not a stereotypical fashion model – although, let’s face it, she’s hardly a heffalump!”