Kate Upton: Supermodel Smart to Avoid Swimsuit Edition Controversy

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIFebruary 15, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Model Kate Upton addresses the media during a news conference prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Usually you don't pair the idea of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition with controversies, but that's exactly what has come out of this year's issue.

For those of you who don't know, this year's swimsuit edition involved models on each of the seven different continents.

The magazine wanted to showcase the world's diversity and that beautiful women in swimsuits can be found just about anywhere—even Antarctica.

But some people have seen it a different way. After the issue was released, women's interest blog Jezebel released an article in which they accused Sports Illustrated as using exotic people as "props."

In these kinds of cases, people usually look for the opinion of someone close to the situation. Logically that would be cover model, Kate Upton.

The article avoided taking shots at Upton, as she didn't appear with any indigenous people in her shoot (which took place in Antarctica). But folks still want to know the supermodel's opinion.

That's why, as reported by USA Today's Ann Oldenburg, she recently met with the Travel Channel— joined by model Genevieve Morton and swimsuit edition editor MJ Day—to discuss the controversy.

Upton reportedly stuck to talking about all the hard work that was put into the edition. On the controversy, she quipped: "My only locals were penguins."

When asked about Antarctica, Upton said: "I would say keep your clothes on. But definitely go there! It's the most beautiful place I've ever been."

This is the kind of situation where it's smart to stay quiet—unless it's to crack a charming joke on the situation.

If answered truthfully, Upton would be between a rock and a hard place.

On one hand her employers don't want her to say anything bad against the Sports Illustrated brand. On the other hand, she has plenty of people who think Jezebel has a legitimate point.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

This year's cover shoot was Upton's second in a row and a true highlight of her career. The last thing the model would want to do is squander her hard work by making controversial comments.

Upton is currently on the top of the supermodel world. These kinds of situations can seriously make or break your image.

Sometimes speaking out and being honest can be a good move, unless you're someone this close to the situation.

So while people search for damning quotes from the model, she's smart to stick with the penguins.


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