Kate Upton covers the September issue of 'Elle' mag, out Aug. 20. (Photo: Carter Smith)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Kate Upton shows her curves on the cover of September Elle mag, out Aug. 20, in a glamorous red Lanvin dress.
Some highlights from the chat:
On people treating her like a "dumb blonde":
"People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny. I'm always like, I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know."
On the tiny tattoo of a cross on the inside of her finger:
"I was at a photo shoot and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, 'Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.' And then they took [my necklace] away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want [a cross] with me, at all times."
On the fallout from her first Sports Illustrated cover:
"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your (stuff) out."
On dating (she was recently rumored to be seeing Dancing With The Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy:
"I really have never had a serious relationship in the industry. I'm just having fun. Obviously I have a very busy schedule at this time in my life, and I don't put relationships as a priority."