Kate Upton returns to modelling after two-year fashion hiatus
Kate Upton is heading back to the modelling world.
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.
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.
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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."