Supermodel Kate Upton graced not one, but two Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, but claims her first experience with the magazine was less than stellar.
Upton, 21, who is featured on the Sep. cover issue of Elle magazine, divulged (via Us Weekly) that her initial experience with the iconic male publication made her feel violated. “After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month," she said, claiming that as a model, she is frequently treated like a stereotypical “dumb blonde” on various sets.
“People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny," Upton said. "I'm always like, 'I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know.'"
While the cover, which featured the Florida-native and star of the upcoming romantic comedy “The Other Woman,” boosted her supermodel reputation, Upton said it also resulted in her being treated like an object among members of the opposite sex. “Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something,” she said. “I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used.”
While business was the main topic of conversation, the model briefly commented on her rumored romance with “Dancing with the Stars” professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "I really have never had a serious relationship in the industry," Upon said, claiming finding a significant other isn’t a top priority. "I'm just having fun.” Upton was last rumored to be dating the 33-year-old dancer after the duo was spotted enjoying a dinner date at Scalinatella in New York City in June.
The model was also recently linked to NBA star Blake Griffin, 24.