Upton started out as a swimsuit model but she quickly found her way from there to becoming a regular in high fashion magazines. Katherine Elizabeth is the first model since Tyra Banks to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue back to back in 2012 and 2013. Thanks to her bubbly personality, hourglass physique and peroxide blonde hair, she is often compared to icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. She has consistently placed high on several list of the world’s sexiest, hottest and most desirable women.
Date of Birth: June 10, 1992
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Kate’s father loved sports and her mother was a one-time a state champion for tennis in Texas. Both Uptons passed down their love for athletics to their daughter and at a very young age, the fashion icon was already competing as an equestrienne and she won a number of teenage world championships. She was only twelve when a talent scout for Trump Model management saw her potentials but the young Kate did not give modelling a try till she was about 15. Her faith has remained important to her since she was a little girl and now she has a tattoo of the cross on the inside of one of her fingers.
The Other Woman (2014) actress had a number of modelling stints before her big break came when she became the face of Guess from 2010 till 2011. The world loved her more after she graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. Her rise after that was meteoric as it seemed like everyone wanted her face or body on their products. At this time, Upton was already seen as a sex symbol and her dougie hip hop dance video that went viral only solidified this title. Keep reading to meet the family members of the beautiful blonde and restaurant owner.
Frederick Stanley Upton (paternal great-grandfather)
Date of Birth: June 20, 1890
Date of Death: June 11, 1986 (aged 95)
Zodiac Sign: Gemiini
Kate is not the only big deal in her family line; her paternal great grandfather is also kind of a big deal. He helped create the first mass-produced, widely available electric washing machine with his company Upton Machine Company in 1911. He had co-founded the company with his brother Louis Upton and their uncle Emory Upton. In 1950, the company was renamed Whirlpool Corporation and today it’s a billion dollar company.
Jeff Upton (father)
Jeff was a Niles athletic director but is best known as the father to the supermodel. His brother Fred was a Republican congressman for the sixth Congressional District of Michigan and has also been a famous face in the spotlight for his political achievements.
Shelley Upton (mother)
If you’ve ever wondered where Kate gets her strikingly good looks from the answer is right here. Shelly is the beautiful mum of the star fashion goddess and is also the exact spitting image of her daughter. It is worth mentioning that Kate is not just about the genes but Shelley instilled a strong skin care regimen in her daughter from a very young age. Shelley says the family moved to New York when Kate was 18 and they agreed to give it a year to know if modelling was truly meant for her. They were wowed by all the success that came just within that year and it’s just been busy ever since then.
The proud Upton mother says besides her daughter’s beauty, there is the energy and her enthusiastic personality that makes her give in her best to everything she’s involved in. both mother and daughter remain super close till date.
Christie Upton Williams (elder sister from same parents)
Christie is the eldest Upton child and like every other girl in the family, she is also supermodel gorgeous. Christie is married to Matt Williams
Laura Upton (older sister from same parents)
Laura is the second Upton sister and all three girls share a pretty close bond. She was reportedly one of her sister’s bridesmaids at the Upton-Verlander 2017 Tuscany wedding. She is a medical student in Georgetown University School of Medicine. Laura is married to Adam Kilian.
David Upton (younger brother from same parents)
David is the only brother to The Layover (2017) actress.
Justin Brooks Verlander (spouse)
Duration of Marriage: November 4, 2017 till present
Date of Birth: February 20, 1983
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Verlander is an American professional baseball pitcher that plays with the Detroit Tigers of Major League baseball. He was named American League Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was selected to the American League All-Star games several times from 2007 to 2013.
The Tower Heist (2011) actress met Justin in 2012 while shooting for a Major League Baseball commercial. They started dating in 2013 and within three years, both lovers were engaged with Upton confirming the exciting news when she debuted her stunning engagement ring at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City. In November 2017, two days after Verlander won the World Series with the Houston Astros; he married Upton at the luxurious Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort in Tuscany, Italy, overlooking the Montalcino valley.
Genevieve Upton Verlander (daughter with Justin Brooks Verlander)
Date of Birth: November 7, 2018
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
On July 14 2018, the blonde bombshell took to her Instagram account to show off her baby bump. Her pitcher husband reposted the same picture on his Instagram page adding that she is going to be the most amazing mom and that he can’t wait to start the new journey with her.
On November 10, 2018 the couple announced about the birth of their daughter sharing a photo in Instagram.