Kate Upton was left hurt and confused when critics described her as “fat” in the early days of her career.
The model remains one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having previously landed campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Bobbi Brown, and David Yurman.
However, in a recent interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Kate opened up about how baffled she was when people criticised her famously curvy figure when she was starting out in the business.
“When it was first happening, obviously it was really hard ’cause I was like, ‘I work out all the time, why is everyone calling me fat?'” she reflected.
But Kate went on to explain that she has noticed a major shift towards inclusivity by fashion leaders in recent years.
“Now, the conversation has completely changed. People are like, ‘What when did people say that?’ And that shows how the industry is changing, our voice matters, and things can change – we mean something.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Kate spoke about her decision to pose in an unretouched photoshoot for the September 2019 issue of Health magazine, and she noted that it was particularly important for her to show her real body, especially as she welcomed daughter Genevieve with her husband Justin Verlander just under a year ago.
“We’re on Instagram all the time – we see people Photoshopping everything. (I’m like), ‘When does it end?’ When you’re scrolling on Instagram, you constantly compare yourself to these other people. And for me, I wanted to take a step back and show a real moment of someone who actually six months postpartum, not being Photoshopped, and be that real person and real influence for other people,” the 27-year-old asserted.
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