Kate Upton’s Net Worth, Life, Career, And More You Should Know About The Model That Launched Four Sports Illustrated Covers

No one would be surprised to learn that Kate Upton’s net worth is at $20 million despite her being in the industry for 13 years as she has been working hard since she first became active in the modeling industry. 

Since her infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover in 2011, she has returned to grace their covers three more times in 2012, 2013, and 2017. She has become one of the most recognizable models that made her life and career the subject of Vanity Fair’s 100th-anniversary issue. But how did she do it? Read on to find out more about how she achieved this status.

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From A Young Equestrian To A Cover Girl

Early Life

Kate Upton was born on June 10, 1992, in the city of St. Joseph in the state of Michigan. Her parents are Shelley (née Davis), who is a former tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director. It’s obvious how her interest in sports started, especially as both her parents are into sports. 

When she was seven years old, she moved with her family to Melbourne, Florida, where she attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, and she grew up becoming passionate about horses. She said in multiple interviews that she grew up with two ponies and many horses in her house, which sparked her interest in becoming an equestrian.

Kate Upton, showing the world something she is passionate about besides modeling.
Kate Upton, with her drop-dead gorgeous look. Source: https://vcdn1

As a young equestrian, Kate Upton competed at a national level in the American Paint Horse Association or APHA. Her passion for horses and sports drove her to practice riding more. She eventually won three APHA Reserve World Championships with her horse named Roanie, including 13 and Under Western Riding, 13 and Under Horsemanship 14–18 Western Riding. She was named the Reserve All-Around Champion for 13 and Under, giving her a total of four reserve titles (2nd place). 

Upton also finished third overall in the APHA young Top Twenty. In 2009, she won 14–18 Western Riding and bagged 5th place in the 14–18 Horsemanship and 14–18 Western Pleasure with Colby’s other horse.

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Kate Upton’s childhood interests wouldn’t be considered glamorous by the fashion industry’s standards even if she grew up knowing she wanted to become a model someday. With her background involving riding horses and doing sports, no one could have predicted how she would become one of the most sought-after cover girls for Sports Illustrated.

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On one fateful day in 2008, Kate Upton attended a casting call to change her life and take it to a different turn. This casting call was with Elite Model Management which signed her up to be their model on the spot. In 2010, she eventually became a part of IMG Models, moved to New York City, and became the face of Guess from 2010 to 2011. In 2011, Upton appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, a modeling gig that would continue her rise to stardom.

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Since her Sports Illustrated cover, Kate Upton has made appearances in editorials including Vogue, LOVE Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, V, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. Her most notable advertising campaigns are with brands such as Bobbi Brown, Sam Edelman, David Yurman, Betsey Johnson, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Guess?, and Bare Necessities. Her meteoric rise to fame allowed her to be ranked as the 2012’s 5th sexiest model by Models.com and 3rd on AskMen’s Top 99 Women. In 2013, she was also named the model of the year by the Style Awards.

Besides modeling, Kate Upton has also appeared in several films like Tower Heist, The Three Stooges, The Other Woman, The Layover, The Disaster Artist, and Adult Interference. Now you know why Kate Upton’s net worth is at an astounding amount as she has kept herself busy throughout the years. As she has been in the public eye for many years, people couldn’t get enough of her that Kate Upton’s GTA V game art likeness became a hot topic at some point. Many fans speculated it was based on her while some say it could be Lindsay Lohan. If the artist did get inspired by her, who could blame him?

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Personal Life

Kate Upton and her husband, Justin Verlander.
Kate Upton, posing with her husband, Justin Verlander. Source: hollywoodreporter

Kate Upton grew up in a devout Christian home with a religious upbringing. She has stated in multiple interviews that her faith is an important aspect of her life. While many people think that her sexy photoshoots may contradict her religious beliefs, especially as she used to wear a cross necklace while wearing bikinis, she didn’t let it faze her. Eventually, she had a crucifix tattooed on her finger to avoid having to wear any religious jewelry that many people could misinterpret as her being disrespectful to her religion. 

In early 2014, Kate Upton began dating Justin Verlander, a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers, and the pair announced their engagement in 2016. They eventually married in Tuscany, Italy, on November 4, 2017, and she gave birth to their daughter Genevieve on November 7, 2018. Her family reportedly lives in South Florida and has other houses in Houston and Beverly Hills.

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Kate Upton Is A Rebel

Kate Upton’s net worth continuously grows as she is still active in her modeling career. While her body isn’t exactly the type that the high fashion industry is currently obsessed with, she has made an entire career out of it and graced many magazine covers because of it. Like what her Instagram bio says: “I’m a rebel just for kicks” she has given these beauty standards the middle finger and proved herself worthy of being more than just the skinny cover girl most people want to see.


On her social media, you can see more of the model’s life, like Kate Upton’s birthday suit that many considered raunchy for a birthday outfit, her travels with her husband and daughter, and some of her skincare tips. Go, have a look, and get inspired to be a rebel just like her.

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Leonard hails from the Philippines and works as a freelancer, author, poet, and visual artist. He discovered his passion for writing and painting at an early age, leading him to pursue a degree in Mass Communications. He worked at a few places after college before landing what he thought was a "life-changing" writing career. He was also the lead singer and songwriter for a band. His career as an English teacher, poet, and visual artist took him to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2018. You can see more of his work on Instagram at @anumalei.