Yesterday, People Magazine published Kate Upton's diet and workout routine. Ben Bruno, her personal trainer, credits a regimen known as "progressive overload" for not only toning her entire body, but also for her pretty significant weight loss.
Bruno calls her body transformation an overall improvement (which it no doubt is, if her washboard abs and toned AF arms are any indication), but I wonder how Upton feels about the fact that her body needed to be "improved" at all.
I don't know if you guys remember what Kate Upton used to look like, but she was, as the industry likes to put it, on the "curvier" side. As an outspoken public figure, she was known for embracing her curves and growing into them even in an industry that capitalizes on a strict height and weight measurement. Back in 2012, Upton confessed to not hating on her body, despite critics in the modeling industry feeling differently.
In response to a pro-anorexia blog called skinnygossip.com going so far as to write an entire post about how she is "well-marbled" (whatever the hell that means), she said,
I'm not going to starve just to be thin.
Now, I support anyone willing to make healthier lifestyle choices. I subscribe to an exercise and clean-eating lifestyle myself. But to tell you the truth, I'm disappointed. Not so much in the Sports Illustrated model herself, but in the modeling industry. My fear is that she felt pressure from internet trolls, her management, higher-ups in the industry, fellow models or all of the above.
If Upton changed her mind about the way she felt about her body since that 2012 interview, that's one thing. But I'd be sad if she felt she couldn't stay true to herself and her personal body ideals just because someone told her she wasn't good enough. Anyone who's ever been bullied for what he or she looks like fears the pressure of changing all too well.
Upton was more or less a beacon of hope for curvier women looking to make strides in the modeling world. Women like that are few and far between. We've really only ever heard of Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen as two women who've successfully defied model body norms and "made it" professionally.
All I'm saying is, in a world full of Kendalls, Gigis and Heidis, Upton was a breath of fresh air. But if she's happy with her new body, then I suppose that's all that matters.