Kate Upton and Justin Verlander donate to coronavirus relief efforts

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and t…

Kate Upton and her husband Justin Verlander have announced plans to donate his weekly pay cheques to organisations helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted on both their Instagram pages over the weekend, the model and the baseball player revealed he would be receiving weekly paycheques from Major League Baseball (MLB) bosses while the sports season is suspended and they would be donating that income to a different organisation every week.

“Hey everyone, so I just found out MLB is going to be providing us a paycheque for the next couple of months,” he said, before noting that it is a difficult time for those in need and adding, “We have decided to donate that paycheque.”

“Yes, we’re going to pick an organisation every week who’s doing really good work right now and donate the entire week’s paycheque to that organisation,” Kate continued. “We’ll also be highlighting the organisation that we choose so that everyone can see the amazing work they’re doing right now.”

In the lengthy caption to his video, the sportsman wrote, “Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies, and support at home.

“We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand.”

Many fashion brands and designers have made donations to aid coronavirus relief efforts, while Victoria Beckham recently announced she would be donating a percentage of sales of her clothing and beauty lines to food bank organisations in the U.K. and U.S.

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Kate Upton in no rush to give her daughter a sibling

Kate Upton has no plans to expand her brood with more children just yet.The model/actress welcomed daughter Genevieve Upton Verlander with husband Justin Verlander back in 2018, and has spoken openly about the pressures she feels being a new mum. And i…

Kate Upton has no plans to expand her brood with more children just yet.

The model/actress welcomed daughter Genevieve Upton Verlander with husband Justin Verlander back in 2018, and has spoken openly about the pressures she feels being a new mum.

And in a chat with U.S. TV show Extra, Kate insisted giving her 15-month-old a sibling was nowhere near the top of her list of priorities.

“Oh, no, no,” she said, when asked about her plans for her family.

Gushing over Genevieve, the 27-year-old added: “She’s really growing into her own personality; she’s not a baby anymore, she’s really becoming a toddler. You see her personality growing and it’s just one of the most amazing experiences… I’m so excited.”

And Kate stressed she was prioritising self-care alongside her parenting duties, admitting she loves nothing more than to “sit outside, be outside for a second without the chaos while the baby’s napping, and just be able to collect your thoughts and don’t get so caught up.”

“It’s so easy to be like, ‘Now I got to do this, and this,’ and always feel busy and not really stop and enjoy those moments,” the blonde beauty reflected.

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Kate Upton ‘proud’ to become Canada Goose ambassador

Kate Upton wants to use her new partnership with Canada Goose to raise awareness about climate change.The 27-year-old model has been named as the face of the Canadian outerwear brand’s spring 2020 campaign, and is also using her new role to help Polar …

Kate Upton wants to use her new partnership with Canada Goose to raise awareness about climate change.

The 27-year-old model has been named as the face of the Canadian outerwear brand’s spring 2020 campaign, and is also using her new role to help Polar Bears International (PBI), an organisation that focuses on the endangerment of the species.

For every jacket sold from Canada Goose’s Polar Bears International collection, $50 (£38) will be donated directly to PBI, providing critical funding for polar bear and environmental research.

Since the launch of the PBI line in 2007, brand executives have donated more than $3.5 million (£2.7 million) to the non-profit.

Upton first began working with the apparel label back in 2013 when she wore a Canada Goose white Chilliwack Bomber jacket in the first-ever fashion shoot in Antarctica for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

And the mother-of-one is hoping to empower people to get involved in environmental conservation with her latest gig.

“I first discovered Canada Goose when I was in Antarctica and temperatures were as low as -20°F… that jacket kept me from freezing! I’ve used their products from the most extreme cold temperatures to rainy downpours and their quality is second-to-none,” she shared in a statement. “After being a longtime fan, I’m proud to officially partner together and to support the incredible work they do for the environment.”

The Polar Bears International spring 2020 collection features five styles, including rainwear and lightweight options for men, women, and children.

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Kate Upton tired of pressure on mothers to ‘snap back’ after giving birth

Kate Upton has slammed the societal pressures placed on women to “snap back” after giving birth.The model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve with her husband Justin Verlander in November 2018, recently discussed new motherhood in an interview with Editor…

Kate Upton has slammed the societal pressures placed on women to “snap back” after giving birth.

The model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve with her husband Justin Verlander in November 2018, recently discussed new motherhood in an interview with Editorialist and admitted that “breastfeeding was sucking the energy away” from her at one point.

But taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Kate uploaded a throwback snap of herself breastfeeding her baby, and in the accompanying caption, clarified the context of her comments.

“When asked about getting back in shape after pregnancy I discussed the major pressures that are out there for new moms to ‘snap back’ right after having a baby. Every woman experiences this due to the unnecessary and unrealistic expectations that are brought into every household, mostly via social media. I certainly felt these pressures, as all women do,” she wrote. “I tried to push myself early to get back to the gym, eat perfectly and try to achieve this alleged ‘snap back’. But, after realising how ridiculous these pressures are, I quickly gave myself some slack and lived in the moment as a new mother. Every woman needs to give their body time to heal and to soak in those early, precious moments.”

Kate went on to explain that while juggling parenting along with lack of sleep and hormone changes, she quickly learned to brush off the “extremely unnecessary” weight loss pressures.

And going forward, the star would advise mums to try and avoid being swayed by others’ views.

“Every mother’s experience is different with every baby. I’ve learned everyone’s journey is extremely personal and no two are the same. My energy was drained but my heart was extremely full, and I decided to not let others’ opinions and expectations get in the way of my own personal timeline. In my opinion, enjoy the moments with your new baby and growing family, allow your body time to heal and make sure to go at your own pace,” the 27-year-old added.

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Kate Upton hated attention surrounding her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover

Kate Upton hated the attention she received after appearing on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at the tender age of 19.The model opened up about the experience on the Skimm’d from The Couch podcast, revealing that while the publ…

Kate Upton hated the attention she received after appearing on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue at the tender age of 19.

The model opened up about the experience on the Skimm’d from The Couch podcast, revealing that while the publicity surrounding her cover started out as “amazing”, she quickly became affected by the very public discussion about her body.

“It was not great. A lot of (the attention) was negative, and even the positive stuff was really creepy,” she explained to co-hosts Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, before confessing that she began to feel very insecure about her body.

“I took (all the criticism) in, and it was all around me. It got to me so much. I was in a very dark and twisted place. I hated myself. I was really wondering why I would expose myself to this kind of criticism. I don’t want to be exposed to stuff like this,” The Other Woman actress candidly shared.

And because she was only a teenager when she landed her first SI Swimsuit cover, Kate was “really scared” being objectified by much older men, and recalled being on the receiving end of some unwanted attention at a pool party.

“Everybody was oohing and ahhing and taking secret photos of me and being like, ‘You love this attention, don’t you?’ That was my last pool party. I never would get in any kind of bikini in front of people (again) because it was just too overwhelming,” she confessed.

Now, the mother-of-one is focusing on empowering other women and models to love their bodies, no matter what shape or size.

“I feel like sharing my experiences and learning from my mistakes and being an example for a better life is the path I want to continue doing,” Kate added.

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Kate Upton felt ‘so much pressure’ breastfeeding newborn daughter

Kate Upton felt “so much pressure” when she first started breastfeeding her daughter.The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed Genevieve in November 2018 with baseball player husband Justin Verlander, has admitted in a new interview that she found bei…

Kate Upton felt “so much pressure” when she first started breastfeeding her daughter.

The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed Genevieve in November 2018 with baseball player husband Justin Verlander, has admitted in a new interview that she found being a new mother overwhelming.

The 27-year-old shared her struggles in a cover story for Editorialist magazine, revealing that she felt “so much pressure” as a first-time mother “to be doing all these things, like breastfeeding on the go.”

“The reality, for me, was that breastfeeding was sucking the energy away from me. I realised I needed to calm down, to allow my body to recover,” Kate added.

Despite the difficulties, she insisted motherhood has changed her for the better and has made it a priority to focus on her daughter and limit the amount of time she and husband Justin spend on their phones.

“Having VeVe changed my life in such a wonderful way,” she explained. “I think my husband wants me to throw my phone away. We talk about it in the house all the time: ‘Let’s have a phone-free dinner.’ I want to be enjoying my life, enjoying my family, not constantly trying to take the perfect picture.”

Elsewhere in the interview, The Other Woman star also shared her passion to become a “positive influence” in the modelling industry and do more than just “playing dress up”.

“There’s definitely movement toward being more inclusive, representing a more diverse model, and not having a definition of what a model is anymore,” Kate stated. “But obviously, there’s a lot more that needs to be done.”

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Kate Upton confronted by animal rights activists

Kate Upton was targeted by angry animal rights activists on Wednesday over her partnership with officials at winter clothing company Canada Goose.The model and actress was in the middle of co-hosting her Strong4Me Fitness class in New York City when a …

Kate Upton was targeted by angry animal rights activists on Wednesday over her partnership with officials at winter clothing company Canada Goose.

The model and actress was in the middle of co-hosting her Strong4Me Fitness class in New York City when a number of protesters forced their way into the studio and interrupted the workout.

The group’s leader, a man wearing a cap with the word “VEGAN” emblazoned across the front, held up a sign reading, “Kate Upton Animal Abuser”, and began verbally attacking the blonde beauty for promoting Canada Goose, which is known for using goose down and coyote fur to make its coats.

“Shame on Kate Upton for promoting a company that has been exposed for animal cruelty! Shame on you..!” he shouted, as his fellow demonstrators echoed his words. “Canada Goose has blood on their hands…! Coyotes get shot in the head, and are strangled to death!”

Video footage of the confrontation shows an unfazed Upton looking on as staffmembers try to apprehend the activists and escort them out of the class, while the man continued to blast the model.

“What is the matter with you?” he ranted. “You’re an influencer, you’re supposed to be promoting kindness and yet you’re promoting violence! Shame on you, you murderer! Shame on you!”

Upton, who received backlash for partnering with Canada Goose in November, is yet to comment on the incident, but bosses at the company have maintained all their animal products are sourced humanely.

She is just the latest celebrity to face verbal attacks from furious animal rights activists – this year, Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lopez, and Lil’ Kim have all also had to deal with in-person confrontations over their past fashion choices.

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Kate Upton earns first Jiu-Jitsu white belt

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA. Jiu-Jitsu is a Ja…

Kate Upton has proudly achieved her first Jiu-Jitsu white belt.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the model/actress shared a photo of the moment she received the first stripe on her white belt from her instructor at Houston’s Elite MMA.

Jiu-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art which involves manipulating your opponent’s force against themselves in close combat.

“I get a lot of belts for free but this one I earned!” she captioned the post.

According to a post on the academy’s Instagram page, the accolade came after “months” of training.

Kate’s instructor, “Coach J,” also shared the photo and took the opportunity to praise the 27-year-old’s commitment to the martial art.

“I am very proud and honoured to have @kateupton as a student. She is one of the hardest workers in the room, expects nothing but gives everything in every training session. From rolling 10 hard rds to sparring Muay Thai for an hour she is the definition of a fighter. Congratulations on your first stripe,” he commented.

Kate, who shares a 12-month-old daughter named Genevieve with her sportsman husband Justin Verlander, joins a growing list of celebrities who have hit the Jiu-Jitsu mat, including Tom Hardy, Ed O’Neill, Ashton Kutcher, and Keanu Reeves.

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Kate Upton baffled by ‘fat’ jibes during early days of career

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 Secre…

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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Kate Upton makes body positivity statement with unretouched photoshoot

Kate Upton has made a body positivity statement by posing for an unretouched photoshoot in Health magazine.The 27-year-old model, who appears on the cover of the September issue, insisted that the photoshoot be unedited because she wanted to be an exam…

Kate Upton has made a body positivity statement by posing for an unretouched photoshoot in Health magazine.

The 27-year-old model, who appears on the cover of the September issue, insisted that the photoshoot be unedited because she wanted to be an example to other women who were feeling under pressure to conform to the filtered photos on social media.

“When you think about it, we have retouching everywhere now – and we don’t even know it,” Upton told the magazine. “People are staging Instagram shots and retouching those pictures. That’s the new norm. And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should look that way too.

“So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be – not try to look like someone else.”

The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed daughter Genevieve in November, confessed she has much more confidence and love for her body than she did when she first started modelling.

“When I first started modelling, everything was about your measurements and what you fit into,” Upton explained. “It would be like, ‘Oh, you don’t fit into those jeans.’ You’re shamed. And that’s why it took me a longer time to get to a healthier place. That’s why it’s important for me to push out this different mindset.

“I don’t want anyone to have to be in that negative space where they think, ‘Oh, no! I don’t fit into that size 2 dress.’ You know what, who cares? Buy another one!”

Elsewhere in the interview, the model said she makes sure she fits in a workout at some point during the day to help with her mental wellbeing.

“I find that if I am in a good mental space, I don’t let the bulls**t and criticism get to me,” she shared.

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