Kate Upton's a girl on fire

 
 
 
  • 20-year-old US model and actress Kate Upton has made history by being the second model to score a Sports Illustrated cover back to back. We take a look at Kate's career and what she's also best know for. (Photo: AFP)
  • After being spotted by Trump Model Management at the age of 12, Kate slowly moved into the world of modelling. At 15, Kate attended a casting call in Miami and was later signed to IMG Models who have been behind her success story all the way. Kate made her first appearance in Sport Illustrated's swimwear issue in 2011 and soon the world started taking notice of her. (Photo: AFP)
  • In 2012, Kate got her first Sports Illustrated cover and soon her career sky-rocketed. When it was announced in 2013 that Kate would be on the cover again, she made history by joining Tyra Banks as the only models to ever have appeared on the covers of back to back issues of the popular magazine. (Photo: AFP)
  • Though Kate is mostly known for being a swimsuit model, she has since stepped out to become a hot commodity for various fashion magazines and has appeared on covers such as GQ, American and Italian Vogue and Maxim. (Photo: AFP)
  • When she's not strutting her stuff on the covers of magazines, Kate manages to dominate YouTube as well. A video directed by Terry Richards showing Kate dancing to The Rej3ctz's hit Cat Daddy, went viral last year, managed to score more than 750 000 views on it's first day. (Photo: AFP)
  • Adding to her moddeling career, Kate was also signed on by Mercedes USA to be the face of their new CLA range. Her Super Bowl commercial was an instant hit, having had more than 8 million hits on YouTube since it aired. (Photo: AFP)
  • This blonde bombshell may look skinny to most of us, but Kate has been ostracised by some for being "too fat". A Victoria's Secret stylist recently slammed her for being an "obvious glamour girl" who "needs to shed a few pounds". Despite this, Kate still insists that she feels happy with her body. (Photo: AFP)
  • And if you though she just beauty and no brains: she's an actress as well. Having starred in various TV shows, Kate's most famous appearance includes her role in Ben Stiller's comedy Tower Heist and the 2012 remake of The Three Stooges. (Photo: AFP)
  • Want to know what Kate's other major talent is? She's quite the skilled equestrian. During high school, Kate competed in many equestrian events, and was placed in the top 5 of her age group when she last competed in 2009. (Photo: AFP)
  • During her recent cover shoot, Kate was shipped off to the South Pole. It might have been summer, but as Kate told the Today Show, it was still freezing. Sports Illustrated senior editor MJ Day had only praise for Kate, saying she handled the shoot like an absolute pro. (Photo: AP)
  • Although many have slammed Kate for being "too commercial", insiders have predicted great things to come for the model. Talks surrounding more parts in films and magazines are still in the early stages, but Kate joked that she hopes Sports Illustrated sends her some place warm for next year's shoot. (Photo: AFP)