Victoria’s Secret Slams Kate Upton: ‘We Would Never Use Her’

It turns out not everyone is so enamored with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton. In a profile published by the New York Times, the so-called “creative force” behind the casting of the Victoria’s Secret shows slammed the model and her “too obvious” look. It gets worse.

Sophia Neophitou is the editor in chief and founder of UK fashion magazine 10, the former creative director of Harper’s Bazaar UK, and a consultant for Antonio Berardi, Roland Mouret, and Elie Saab. In 2011, she was put in charge of casting the Victoria’s Secret runway show. Neophitou spoke to the Times about Upton’s rise to fame, telling the paper that she found the 19-year-old midwesterner average and compared her to a “footballer’s wife”.

“We would never use” Ms. Upton for a Victoria’s Secret show, Ms. Neophitou said by telephone last week from London. And, while Ms. Upton has, in fact, modeled on occasion for the company’s catalog, her look, said Ms. Neophitou, is “too obvious” to be featured in what has become the most widely viewed runway show in the world.

“She’s like a Page 3 girl,” Ms. Neophitou said, referring to the scantily clad voluptuous women featured in The Sun, a London tabloid. “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Ouch. One would assume there is a fairly large overlap in customers between Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue subscribers and Victoria’s Secret fashion show fans, but what do we know? We don’t even have a face worth buying.


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