Kate Upton can handle criticism about her body because she is in a “good place” in her career.
The curvaceous beauty graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition for the second year in a row.
Whereas fans love her voluptuous figure, the pretty blonde has also come up against some critics who argue models should have a slimmer physique.
“Everyone has the right to their own opinion,” she explained to the New York Post. “I am in a good place in my career, so it’s all right.”
On Tuesday Kate celebrated the launch of the 2013 issue at Crimson club in New York City.
The model looked gorgeous in a demure burgundy dress, which is quite different to the tiny bikini she sports for the magazine’s shoot.
On the cover, Kate is seen smiling and huddled in a white parka with nothing underneath.
Shot in Antarctica, the 20-year-old admits she suffered frostbite afterwards.
"When I came back, I was losing hearing and eyesight because my body was shutting down, it was working so hard," she confessed on US TV show Today.
However, scantily clad shoots are not just a physical risk to the models.
Sports Illustrated editor MJ Day knows it’s also difficult to get the balance between sexy and risqué right.
“I think we do walk a fine with what we do,” she confessed to Modelinia.
“You want to keep it engaging and fresh, but you also don’t want to cross that line of this is unacceptable reading material. We never want to print something that you would be embarrassed to be seen with. Honestly, we consider the issue to be of power to women. We’re looking to do just that. We’re not looking to feature anyone in any way that would embarrass them.”
Kate herself was surprised when the cover came out, as the picture was leaked online before she knew she had been chosen.
Fans posted the news on Twitter on Friday, leaving the model amazed.
“I immediately called SI, and they were like, ‘Don’t tweet anything!’” she laughed.