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Kate Upton

Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton (born June 10, 1992)  is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first SI appearance in 2011  and was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 issues.  She was also the subject of the 100th Anniversary Vanity Fair cover.

Upton was born in St. Joseph, Michigan,  and raised in Melbourne, Florida.  She is the daughter of Shelley (née Davis), a former Texas state tennis champion, and Jeff Upton, a high school athletics director.   Her uncle is U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R-MI).  Upton's great-grandfather, Frederick Upton, was co-founder of appliance manufacturer and marketer Whirlpool Corporation.

Upton attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.  As a young equestrian, she showed at the American Paint Horse Association and competed at a national level.  With her horse Roanie Pony, she won three APHA Reserve World Championships — 13 and…