By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on May 9, 2013
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Kate Upton’s 22st birthday. Funny how birthdays come around again every year! Now that she’s 23 (she’s only 23!), we’re celebrating again with the 23 hottest pictures of her from around the Web.
Did you know that Upton made a 10-second cameo in the 2011 movie Tower Heist as the mistress of wealthy Tower resident Mr. Hightower?
You probably didn’t know this, but Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, but raised in Melbourne, Florida.
Her extended family is pretty notable as well; her uncle Fred Upton is a Republican Congressman in Michigan and her great-grandfather Frederick Upton was a co-founder of WhirlPool Corporation.
So after all the incredible stuff she’s done by just age 23, what are your predictions on what Kate the Great will do next?
In addition to the Swimsuit Edition, she’s appeared on the cover of the following magazines: British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, CR Fashion Book, Esquire, French ELLE, German GQ, Italian GQ, Jalouse, Muse, Sunday Times Style, The Daily and Vogue Italia.
After doing a recent beach shoot for SI, she joked that they are “ok with her again” and she looked just fine in the video of that shoot if we do say so ourselves.
She absolutely melted the internet with her zero gravity video in February of 2014. We have Jimmy Fallon to thank for that brilliant idea. No, seriously. Bril
She must have stuck to her Michigan roots because she’s a Detroit Tigers fan and is dating their ace, Justin Verlander.
She’s got her first big movie role in The Other Woman while co-starring with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
She’s also from an athletic family, which makes it easy to see why she’s dating a pro athlete. Her mom was a state champion in high school tennis back in the day and her dad is an athletics director.
She’s been ranked in pretty much every model ranking out there, including MODELS, AskMen’s Top 99 Women and Maxim’s HOT 100 list. In addition, she was named Model of the Year at the 10th annual Style Awards in New York in September of 2013.
She’s also danced on camera several times, which has only increased her fame…and the number of GIFs on the Internet of her dancing, most of them in slow motion.
She was part of the Fappening and had nude pictures leaked as a result of that Apple security scandal.
At 16, she attended a casting call by a model agency and was hired the same day. Her modeling career has grown exponentially ever since.
She changed the game in 2014 as the SI Swimsuit Edition used a flip-side cover with her as the model for the first time in its history for the 50th anniversary issue.
She has embraced her fame by doing more and more racy photo shoots for multiple outlets, but she’s still most famous for being a back-to-back cover model for Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition.
People say you have can be famous for anything these days. You may not call what Kate has "talent" but we sure do.
Just watch 'The Other Woman.' It certainly wasn't an amazing movie, but Upton did a great job of playing the young, dumb girl with bountiful assets.
She was a national equestrian competitor in the American Paint Horse Association as a young teenager.
She was also briefly seen in the 2012 movie The Three Stooges as Sister Bernice. Wonder why…
The photo shoot for her 2013 SI Swimsuit cover was done in Antarctica, where she scared the crew when her hearing and eyesight briefly failed to the incredibly cold temperatures.
She has a tattoo of a cross on the inside of her finger. Judging by these pictures, we’d know if she had one anywhere else.
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