By Mirembe Martina
Model Kate Upton has been named the 2013 model of the year, touch that haters!
Upton, who was once refused the privilege of being a Victoria Secret model because she was ‘too blond’ by the Victoria Secret’s model booker, Sophia Neophitou was awarded the prestigious award Wednesday night’s 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City.
She will accept her prize at the fashion soiree, which kicks off New York Fashion Week and will be hosted by Nicole Richie. Performance by Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande will begin the night.
Upton has appeared on the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition in 2012 and 2013, only one year after making her debut in the highly anticipated issue. She has nabbed Vogue covers in Brazil, the U.K., and the U.S. in 2013. The U.S. edition, which hit stands in June, dubbed her “the hottest supermodel on earth” and the “American Dream.”
Sophia Neophitou said in 2012, “We would never use Kate … 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.” Despite the diss from the lingerie giant, Upton prevailed and successfully secured ad campaigns for David Yurman, Carl’s Jr., and a Super Bowl commercial for Mercedes-Benz.
The 21-year-old is also going to star opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in “The Other Woman,” slated to hit theaters next year.