At Wednesday’s 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City, model Kate Upton is set to receive the 2013 Model of The Year Award, proving that stick thin – in both fashion and entertainment – may be going out of style.
According to USA Today, Upton has graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and Elle magazines. She will also appear on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s 100th anniversary issue that is set to hit newsstands this month.
Upton is a curvaceous model, which is a departure from the fashion industry’s usually hanger-thin models. The 21-year-old embraces that she represents normal, healthy women in an industry that is so overwrought with unhealthy representations of beauty. Models have long gone to great lengths to maintain their size-0 figures – starving themselves, chain smoking and abusing laxatives. But not Upton.
“It’s kind of funny to think, 'Oh wow, the news is talking about whether I’m fat or not," Upton told Vogue. “It was hard at first. You sit there and you’re like, ‘Is something wrong with me?’ I can work out and I can stay healthy, but I can’t change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body."
The 10th Annual Style Awards will be broadcast on CNN Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm EST.