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Kate Upton returns to modelling after two-year fashion hiatus

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Published 06/06/2016 | 10:32

Model Kate Upton attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Model Kate Upton attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Kate Upton attends the new Gold Collection fragrance launch hosted by Michael Kors featuring Duran Duran at Top of The Standard Hotel on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
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Model Kate Upton is seen around the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander are all smiles during a safari adventure on Wild Africa Trek February 3, 2015 at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park
The photos that made Kate an internet sensation. She walks the runway in a barely there bikini for Beach Bunny Swimwear in Miami.
Kate Upton seen at BBC Radio One on April 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/GC Images)
Kate Upton covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012 and 2013
Model Kate Upton arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Kate Upton is heading back to the modelling world.

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After ditching her team at IMG models in 2014 to focus on her fledging acting career, the blonde beauty has now signed with Next Model Management, WWD reports. The agency, which also represents male model-of-the moment Lucky Blue Smith, will handle all of Kate's fashion and beauty projects.

She will continue to be represented by WME and LBI Entertainment, who will be covering her acting projects.

The 23-year-old rose to fame when she appeared in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and soon became an Internet sensation after a 2011 YouTube video showing her dancing in the stands of a Los Angeles Clippers game garnered millions of views.

Model Kate Upton arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of
Model Kate Upton arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

She landed the coveted Sports Illustrated cover the following year and has since appeared on the covers of American Vogue, Vanity Fair, CR Fashion Book and Harper's Bazaar, as well as becoming the face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics in 2014.

Kate began a crossover into acting, first appearing in 2011's Tower Heist and then in 2012's The Three Stooges. More significant parts came in 2014’s The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, and she's also set to appear in road trip comedy The Layover, which is directed by William H. Macy.

Kate, who revealed her engagement to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander on the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala in May, has long made it her priority to be in control of her image and career.

"I see my modelling as a business. I try to be in control of my social media accounts and I try to just be myself in interviews," she told British Vogue last year. "I mean, obviously I'll choose my words carefully, but you shouldn't feel pressured to be anyone but yourself."

Kate Upton covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012 and 2013
Kate Upton covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012 and 2013
Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander are all smiles during a safari adventure on Wild Africa Trek February 3, 2015 at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park
Kate Upton and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander are all smiles during a safari adventure on Wild Africa Trek February 3, 2015 at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park

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