Buxom blonde Sports Illustrated beauty, Kate Upton is a controversial figure (forgive the unintentional pun) in the fashion world, as she clearly doesn’t fit the waify, quirky, androgynous mold that is so popular at the moment. Upton is the kind of pinup-style girl that we haven’t seen in a while, and truth be told, I’m starting to find her (and her silhouette) refreshing. After seeing her in countless borderline raunchy, barely-there bikinis, it’s a bit of a surprise to see how Anna Wintour, Vogue, and the rest of the high fashion world have embraced her. It’s also kind of surprising to see just how good she is at modeling high fashion. Despite being nearly naked so often, Upton can wear clothes really well. Her latest high fashion foray is on the cover of Vogue Italia’s November issue, and though she had a few detractors in the Fashion Spot forums, many were surprisingly pleased to see her there.
“When I saw the thread title I was like why??” jmrmartinho posted. “But this is just so gorgeous. Not only the best Kate has ever looked but the best Vogue Italia cover produced this year…Perfect!”
EliseCRocks wrote: “I understand the fact that her transformation from sexy to high fashion was shocking and upsetting because of what kind of model she was, but I think its time now to let that go, obviously Carine Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Steven Meisel, and now Franca Sozzani are supporting her, so I don't think she's going anywhere, so I would hope people will start making judgment out of the actual image and not out of her reputation as the model she was… Now on that note, the image is stunning! She looks ‘seductive’ like the title of the issue, and, in my opinion, leaving her reputation to the side, not trashy at all. Just the perfect balance. She has a face that translates well into the sexy market but can do high fashion too.”
“This looks really good and very Italian!” miguelalmeida exclaimed. “She looks like a superb, luscious, luxurious Italian woman, with a great figure, body and sexy cleavage, very poised and beautiful! Everyone that is on top of this industry supports her, soo that means she's really good and this cover shows it, this is one of my favorite Vogue Italia covers of 2012! Kate already showed us she's a good high fashion model, too bad some of you don't embrace it, because the results are very good. At first I didn't like her, but with time she proved she deserves being in this industry,” he added.
Though I wasn’t too keen on Upton when she exploded off the cover of Sports Illustrated and did the "Cat Daddy” for Terry Richardson, she’s really starting to win me over. I’m curious to see what her Steven Meisel-photographed editorial for Vogue Italia looks like, but for now I’ll be content with this cover.