Kate Upton has weathered her fair share of critics in her brief career thus far, including an incident early this year in which Victoria’s Secret runway caster Sophia Neophitou cruelly said of the then-teenager’s look, “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.” (Ever more depressing is the fact that some people think she’s fat, even likening her to, yes, a “squishy brick.”) And yet all signs point to Upton having the last laugh in this ongoing crusade: she scored two high-fashion magazine covers in the past two months alone, including the first issue of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, but her biggest upmarket break yet will hit the newsstands this week when she stars in a full Vogue spread.
The seven-page editorial, photographed by Steven Meisel, shows the Sports Illustrated alumna looking pretty damn formidable in some sportswear (though I admittedly have no idea whatsoever what kind of sport one does in a bikini top with shorts and a jacket), plus the obligatory swimsuit shot. It must say something about Kate that notoriously persnickety Anna “Nuclear” Wintour had the confidence to stage her as “The New Girl,” with one of the photo captions reading, “She became famous at eighteen for wearing bikinis—on beaches, on skateboards, on magazine covers. At 20, she’s becoming more famous for wearing Kors.” Sophia Neophitou best be kicking herself right about now, because there’s a good chance this girl is going to turn out to be money. Check out the full shoot in the gallery above, and tell us what you think: does Kate Upton have the high-fashion chops to make the transition? [Celebuzz]