Model Carol Alt: ‘Kate Upton's A Product Of 'Hype'’

By SARAH KOO
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It's no secret the world of modeling is a cruel one, and it seems claws can come out even after the spotlight fades. '80s supermodel Carol Alt, whose Sports Illustrated cover is one of the magazine's most iconic images, weighs in on Kate Upton's newfound success with Galore. "I think Kate is a product of great media hype,” she reveals. “Without Sports Illustrated, I'm not sure she would've made it in the industry as a high fashion model. Because she is more of a large size model." Zing!

But wait, Carol goes on to explain: "I've seen her in person, and I don’t think she’s in any way fat or overweight or anything; she’s just more large-sized than fashion models are. I think Kate is very good at…hmmmm– how do I put it? She’s engaging."

The former Pepsi  and Cover Girl spokesperson also elaborates on how Kate's work ethic helped propel her into superstardom. "After she got herself into Sports Illustrated, she wasted no time,” says Alt. “She put together a team of people: agents, managers and publicists that were ready to go, regardless of whether or not she got the cover. They were willing to take the chance. Once she got the cover, she was already in a position to move forward. Of course, the cover was just a fluke because nobody knows who gets the cover. But she looks at herself as a business, and I admire that."