Kate Upton is proud of her curves. The Sports Illustrated model, 24, told Glamour magazine that when she first started modeling, she was told to lose weight “all the time.”
"At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic — that this is just the shape of my body," the October 2016 cover girl recalled to the mag. "So I had to block them out. I think that the people who are the loudest about wanting to change you are the people with the least amount of vision and creativity."
Upton said that body shamers are still present in her day-to-day life, especially on social media, but she doesn’t let it get to her.
"In the beginning it was so hurtful," the Other Woman actress admitted. "But I have to say, the other day I was reading some negative comments, and I was thinking they were really funny. So I guess they don’t [bother me] anymore."
In fact, her whole approach to her body has changed, especially when it comes to working out.
"A couple of years ago, there was a switch for me," Upton explained. "I used to work out to have my hips be a certain size. Now I do it for myself, because I want to be strong. I want to have energy. In my mind I feel like I can beat someone up — I really want to be able to do it! Oh, and I want a nice butt, and if it's a quarter inch bigger than the modeling-world standard, that's fine."
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