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21 Questions With Supermodel and Actress Kate Upton

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Kate Upton, who was recently announced as the brand ambassador for Copper Fit, is keeping very busy. You probably know her best from her Sports Illustrated SwimsuitELLE and Vogue covers or from movies like The Other Woman, but Upton is in the process of building a serious empire beyond modeling and acting. Just last month she launched Strong4Me Fitness, a 12-week at-home workout program targeting busy women. She’s also expecting her first child with husband Justin Verlander, a pitcher for the Houston Astros. We caught up with the glowing Upton and asked her our quickfire questions.

  1. The first thing I do in the morning is… drink water…and check my phone!
  2. The last thing I googled was… “healthy banana bread recipe” — don’t worry, I found one!
  3. If my days had one extra hour… I wish I could say I would seize that extra hour, but I would probably get a little extra sleep.
  4. The best beauty advice I ever received was… drink lots of water to stay hydrated and always wear mascara.
  5. My desert island beauty product is… sunscreen!
  6. The best makeup artist tip I learned backstage was… Tracy Murphy taught me to properly brush and fill in my brows! It’s a quick thing I can do in the morning that makes me feel put-together.
  7. When I’m stressed… I try to get in a good sweat, which helps me reset and burn off some stress. I’ll either head to the gym or do something active outside.
  8. When my self-confidence has taken a hit… I try not to beat myself up because we all have confident days and days where we don’t feel our best. I focus on getting back to that confident place by taking care of myself. I’ve learned that when I motivate myself to eat healthier, work out and recover properly, it helps me sustain a healthy lifestyle to get my confidence level back where it needs to be.
  9. My guilty pleasure is… online shopping or The Real Housewives…or wine and french fries. Wait, am I supposed to choose just one?!
  10. My most memorable career highlight was… I am so grateful to have worked with so many amazing people throughout my career — it’s tough to choose just one highlight! Overall, my whole life changed when I got my first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover in 2012. I also truly believe that my career trajectory was transformed after working with Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan and Anna Wintour and being featured on the covers of CR Fashion Book and Vogue.
  11. When it comes to working out… I no longer work out to fit in a certain dress size or hit certain measurements. I work out to feel like my strongest, healthiest and most confident self. After years of trial and error to find the best workout routine, I finally found a sustainable, effective program with my trainer Ben Bruno. In order to share this with women everywhere, I just launched Strong4Me Fitness, which is the workout program that I use on a regular basis. It can be done at home with minimal equipment, obviously dressed in Copper Fit Pro. I hope to share what I’ve learned and also inspire women to become their strongest and most confident selves, too!
  12. The one thing I wish someone had told me about being pregnant is… your ass gets pregnant, too.
  13. If you looked at my desktop you’d see… a million unfinished projects.
  14. My most memorable travel experience was… last year when my husband and I traveled straight from Game 7 of the World Series to our wedding in Italy.
  15. I’m dying to splurge on… a safari in South Africa.
  16. A career achievement I’m dying to still achieve is… there is so much I’m still wanting to achieve in my career, but one of my current goals is to direct and produce a project I feel passionate about.
  17. My favorite place to shop is… Target!
  18. The best advice for looking great in a photo is… great lighting! Always face toward the light.
  19. My most treasured possession is… can my dog Harley be considered a possession?
  20. My biggest fashion regret is… forgetting my veil at home for the after-party dress at my wedding!
  21. One thing I wish people knew about me is… I’m a honey badger and really don’t give a shit what people know about me.