Kate Upton, despite her revealing day job, is becoming a role model for young women. A self-proclaimed “anti excess” blogger, SkinnyGossip.com, attacked the gorgeous Sports Illustrated model’s voluptuous look calling her “thick” and “vulgar” among other things. She even went as far to compare her to a cow and claimed that Kate has become “well-marbled” at the ripe age of 20. While everyone in the lime light will always have a few extra eyes of scrutiny watching her, Upton dealt with the situation head on. She commented back with this, “I’m not going to starve just to be thin. I want to enjoy life and I can’t if I’m not eating and miserable.”

This isn’t the first time she’s lashed back to a comment about her body. Kate has been going against the grain of the fashion industry since she started her career in modeling. She began as a self-proclaimed plus-size model and used social media to create a buzz around herself, rather than getting in with a modeling agency like most runway stars. She loves her curves and refuses to get rid of them just to conform to what the fashion industry believes is beautiful, ultimate thinness. Instead, she has ultimate confidence and sticks up for what she believes is right. She’s been put down by many talent agencies and brands, including Victoria’s Secret whose top talent booker, Sophia Neophitou, said, “She is too obvious. She’s like a page 3 girl. She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Much to their surprise, and many fan’s delight, Upton is regularly on the cover of popular magazines, including Vogue. In regards to her career she said, “It was hard when I was first in the industry and people were like: ‘No, you are fat.’ But my body is something that you have to work out and eat healthily for.”

What do you guys think? Is she happy and healthy or are the critics right?

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