Kate Upton calls Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a ‘snoozefest’
Suffice it to say Kate Upton isn’t shedding any tears over the rumored cancellation of this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Asked to weigh in on the news during her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Sunday, the 27-year-old supermodel cut to the chase: “You know what? We’re sick of seeing the same body type,” Upton said. “You have to be body inclusive now. Every woman needs to be represented, otherwise, it’s a snoozefest.”
The famously curvy cover girl was catapulted to stardom in 2012 after fronting that year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue; she’s appeared on the prestigious cover two more times since.
And while Upton’s modeled for the Victoria’s Secret catalog in the past, she’s never walked in one of its runway shows. In an infamous New York Times profile of Upton from 2012, the show’s creative director Sophia Neophitou said VS “would never use” her for the annual spectacle, calling her look “too obvious” and comparing her to “a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”
Ratings for the brand’s televised runway show have plummeted in recent years, with Victoria’s Secret facing rampant criticism for the lack of diversity in its casting practices and for former chief marketing officer Ed Razek’s offensive comments about plus-size and trans models.
In May, Victoria’s Secret announced plans to “rethink” the show, which will be leaving network TV after almost 20 years.
Meanwhile, Upton has covered Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and the September 2019 issue of Health, the latter of which featured unretouched photos.
“It was a really hard decision to make because it was months after I gave birth to my little baby girl,” the model explained during her appearance on Andy Cohen’s show. “But I thought it was really important because we’re surrounded by so much retouching and social media and filters and we’ve kind of lost touch with what’s real and what’s not real.”
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