Katherine Elizabeth “Kate” Upton (born June 10, 1992)is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first appearance in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 issues. She was also the subject of the 100th anniversary Vanity Fair cover. Upton has also appeared in the films Tower Heist (2011) and The Other Woman (2014).
Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, and in 1999 moved with her family to Melbourne, Florida, where she was a student at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former Texas state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director. Her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI).Upton’s great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation.
Upton has said that her belief in God is important to her. During a photo shoot, someone joked about a cross necklace she wore, “Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious,” then took the necklace from her to do the shoot. Upton stated about the incident: “I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want a cross with me, at all times.” As a result, Upton had a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger