It’s official: Kate Upton is Vogue’s “American Dream Girl”, having landed the cover of the June issue after many months of speculation and rumor rebuttal from all sides. The news is remarkable not only because of Upton’s “Cat Daddy” origins, but because the glossy has seen so few models on its cover in the past decade that this puts the Sports Illustrated star in a very rarefied group.
Since June 2003, there have been precisely 12 issues of Vogue featuring models rather than the now standard actress or musician. And of those, only eight have been solo shots, meaning one model rather than a whole group of leggy catwalkers. The pregnant Brooke Shields cover just barely missed the cut, having run in April 2003, but Upton joins Liya Kebede, Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova, and Linda Evangelista as part of the cover club.