Kate Upton finally opened up about the infamous nude photo scandal that took place last summer. On April 23, the swimsuit model spoke to the London Evening Standard about the “The Fappening” that violated her privacy, along with hundreds of other female celebrities. Kate is still understandably shaken up by the scandal.
Upton recalls the time she realized her nude photos were leaked on the internet.
“It was very difficult. It’s an invasion of my privacy and it’s not OK. It’s illegal. People don’t have a right to look at those photos or to judge them.”
“The Fappening” also made Kate want to delete her social media accounts, but she knew she couldn’t for marketing reasons.
“I fantasise about deleting my social media accounts. But I can’t.”
The model would be crazy to leave social media since she has two million followers on Instagram, and almost the same amount of followers on Twitter, according to the Evening Standard. Upton also has 2.3 million Facebook fans. All of Upton’s social media accounts are updated with sexy photos of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model pursing her lips or displaying her famous cleavage.
Though she feels comfortable enough to pose nearly nude, Kate admits that she has insecurities like any girl. The model even stripped down in sporty swimsuits and dresses for an exclusive photo shoot with the magazine.
“I always am! Well, I am and I’m not at the same time. Every person has insecurities. But this is the body I was given, I appreciate it and I try to take care of it every day as best I can, but I always enjoy my life. So I’m not going to let my insecurities stop me from enjoying life.”
When asked about her best features, Upton had difficulty answering the question. She even cracked a joke, proving why she has that girl next door appeal.
“I’d say my best feature is my…My ears. They’re always just hanging there, chilling; they never make me feel insecure. I’m just kidding. I think I’d probably say my smile because it makes me feel good inside when I’m smiling.”
Upton fired back at photographer Terry Richardson for leaking a video of her dancing in a string bikini during her GQ photo shoot. After the video hit the internet, it instantly went viral and received over 100 million views. Kate wasn’t too pleased about the news at first. She felt that Terry violated her privacy by releasing the behind-the-scenes footage without her consent. It’s bad enough that the photographer released Kate’s dancing video to sites that featured pornographic content.
Just because Kate Upton strips down for sexualized photo shoot doesn’t mean she should have her privacy violated. The model revealed her secret weapon: a cross tattoo on the inside of one of her fingers. Kate feels that she needs to protect herself at all times.
“I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me and somebody made a joke like ‘Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.’ They took [it] away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realise I want [a cross] with me at all times.”
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