The perception across America of Kate Upton is that of blond bombshell. But to industry insiders, it’s now become that of the dreaded “D-Word,” diva.
According to the New York Post, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model’s ego has ballooned alongside her success.
“She went from ‘innocent’ to exhibiting diva-like behavior,” their insiders say.
A fashion publicist speaking on the condition of anonymity told the Post that Kate has definitely let her ego get the better of her and that it could eventually prove to be her downfall.
“She’s really unappreciative of her success. It totally went to her head. She didn’t understand that people had taken a chance on her.”
The article added that Upton’s demands have reached new levels that include “asking for photographer approval on shoots” as well as “refusing to be photographed with other models,” the latter of which is not common in the fashion world.
Though this kind of negative talk surrounding Kate is foreign to the world-at-large who generally view her as the approachable girl next door, there could be some truth to the rumors. Even Upton herself recently told Net-A Porter magazine that she has a rigid side to her that’s determined to be successful.
“If I make up my mind that I’m going to accomplish something, it’s like I have tunnel vision,” she said. “I block out everything else and that’s all I see.”
Upton also slammed social media, as reported by the Inquisitr, calling the medium “b***shit” and claiming that it’s become too commercial now.
“At the beginning it was amazing and a lot of fun. It was like, ‘Cool, I can talk to my fans!’ And now I think that we’re losing the art of it,” Kate said.
Of course, these kinds of statements don’t automatically transform one’s image from the girl next door into diva. In fact, to many, it could be the earmarks of someone simply determined to make it to the top, which at this point, Upton’s arguably already accomplished. Success can often breed haters who will stop at nothing to bring that person down, something Upton is acutely aware of.
“I’ve heard people say, you put yourself in that position to be judged. But no, I put myself in that position because I really liked that photographer, I wanted to do that piece of work. Not to be judged. The internet can be horrible… But maybe a little hate is good for me. Because if I’m in a spot where everyone loves me, I won’t try as hard.”
In addition to modeling duties, Kate Upton is currently filming The Layover alongside Lea Michele. The movie is directed by William H. Macy.
[Kate Upton photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak / Getty Images]