A Tale of Two Kates

Lately it seems like everyone has an opinion on Kate Upton and usually it is a strong one. There are those who say she’s bringing classic curvaceousness back to fashion, those who find her nouveau-pinup schtick grating and of course there are her legions of adoring fans. Fortunately, the only opinions that matter at the end of the day are those of the photographers, stylists and editors who keep falling under her spell. The latest Uptonite is of course Steven Meisel, a man who knows a thing or two about what makes a model great. Meisel features Kate’s ample charms in the latest issues of Vogue Italia and American Vogue, a feat that would be a coup for any model, but for Upton it takes on a special signifigance. Love her or hate her she’s sticking around and is going to be a part of some beautiful imagery.

View the entire Kate Upton feature – complete with video – on Vogue.it

Kate Upton by Steven Meisel, styling by Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele, Makeup – Pat McGrath, Hair – Oribe / Images – Vogue.it


Speaking controversial Kates, the one and only Kate Moss surfaces on the cover of Vanity Fair looking resplendent in new shots from Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. It is rare for VF to feature living celebrities on their covers, but that is a testament to Moss’ enduring crossover appeal – even those with no interest in fashion know the legend and mystique that is Kate. Odds are that many of those same people will be lining up to find out more about Miss Moss when her autobiography / picture tome hits bookstores. Kate has always maintained an air of mystery (this is the woman who famously gave one word answers in a post-scandal interview) but she sets the record straight on certain subjects in VF, which makes this a must read.

Take a look back at Kate’s 25 year career on Vanity Fair’s slideshow | Read the Interview on VF.com 

Kate Moss by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Vanity Fair / Images – Vanity Fair

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  1. Loved reading the article on Kate Moss in Vanity Fair. Some very interesting quotes about her personal life.

    For the life of me I can’t understand why Ann and Meisel are using Kate Upton. She looks so generic here, not even Meisel can make her look good. It has nothing to do with her boobs/slutty-ness (don’t even get me started..) but her face doesn’t photograph well. No angles, just pudginess.

  2. Kate Upton for Vogue Italia? Am I in the Twlight Zone? Her face is so average… and the photo of her with her breast hanging out is absolutely awkward and off-putting.

    Though, Kate Moss looks brilliant.

  3. People need to leave Ms.Upton alone, she’s a fabulous model & obviously her career is still going. Stop hating on her curves and worry about the fat stomach you hater may have! She’s gorgeous 😉

    Kate moss still rocks every photo though 😀 love her

  4. I know that a lot of people do not like the rise of Kate Upton but allow me to point out one reason you should cheer for her ascent: the lady is changing the game. Think about it, a year ago nobody knew who this chick was and now she is bagging covers left, right and center. I don’t know how much her management has had a hand in this but I do know she put her neck out there and actually went outside the conventional mechanisms of the industry, which by the by would never have accepted her, and made her success. She is the only model to come out in the last decade that is known by the general public via her own merit and she did this by taking a risk and sticking her neck out. This is a moment, people. Just like the glamazons bridged the gap between the runway and print models in the 80s, Kate is bridging the gap between the modelling world and the general public. If she proves to be a game changer, it might change the industry forever. Agencies will be forced to find girls as savvy as Kardashians when it comes to selling themselves as models as well as personalities. Blips will become a financial liability and we shall finally see the supermodel 2.0- bigger, badder and snatching US vogue covers faster than Miranda Priestly can say “that’s all.” It is fitting that MDC put the two Kates together, contrasting them and yet showing just how similar they are. Kate is the revolution, people.

  5. I have no problem with Kate Upton (unlike a lot of fashion snobs) but this editorial does nothing for me. I expected a lot more from the cover, which I really liked. Kate Moss looks gorgeous as usual. The VF cover is so soft and pretty.

  6. Kate Moss is the better Kate on this page.

    Upton needs to tone down her cleavage and tone up the rest of her body… Not a fan of her.

    Moss is stunning as always =)

  7. MOSS THE BOSS.

    This is so beautiful.

    I don’t know why some doubt this woman. There is no point. If these beautiful shots won’t persuade you, her bank balance should.

  8. Lulu, the only Ms. Upton’s has had a career is because of her very large breasts. Eliminate that and think to yourself if she would be ANYWHERE as big as she is. Sure, Lara Stone has notable breasts but Lara can really model and her face has a lot of structure; Kate doesn’t have that at all, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t beautiful in her own way. Putting that aside, I can’t deny some of Upton’s interview quotes have been quite shallow and ridiculous though.

  9. I’d preferred Doutzen for the Vogue Italia cover, she’d have added elegance to sexiness. But I’m happy to see fuller, curvier women modelling.

  10. COME ON PEOPLE KATE UPTON IS DEFINITELY A GAME CHANGER AND A SURPRISE ICON IN THE MAKING. I SAY THIS BECAUSE SHE IS ONE OF THE FIRST OR IF NOT THE FIRST IN THE 21ST CENTURY TO START WITH SEXY MODELING TO HIGH FASHION WHICH MAKES HER A PIONEER. ALSO, THIS WILL PROMOTE PEOPLE WHO ARE CURVY TO LEARN HOW TO DRESS WELL RATHER THAN SLUTTY, AS BY LOOKING AT UPTON, THEY CAN BE INSPIRED TO ACTUALLY HAVE SOME TASTE. AND SLUTTINESS WOULD SOON BE REPLACED WITH REAL FASHION MUAHAHAHHA! KATE UPTON IS AMAZING UNLIKE THOSE UGLY WIERD LOOKING SKINNY MODELS THAT ARE COMING IN. PEOPLE ARE JEALOUS OF KATE CAUSE SHE HAS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. SHE DOES NEED MORE EXPERIENCE BUT I DEFINITELY SEE AN ICON IN THE MAKING.

  11. They Really look gorgeous !!!
    Thanks God!! (and make up , and hair, and photoshop and all the professionals working on …)

  12. I had no opinion on Kate Upton before seeing this, I was not really interested by her but when I read these comments, I just got bored and tired of her, or more especially, I got bored by what people say about her.
    So I’d rather stay without opinion on her.

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