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Kate Upton Talks Victoria’s Secret Controversy In New Interview, Strips Down To Bikini For Interactive V Magazine Cover

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Kate Upton has finally addressed the Victoria’s Secret controversy in a new interview with V magazine, for which she’s the spring cover star.

The drama between Upton, 21, and Victoria’s Secret began in 2012 when Victoria’s Secret Sophia Neophitou told the New York Times that the brand would never hire Upton because she’s “too obvious.”

"We would never use her. She's like a Page Three girl," Neophitou said. "She's like a footballer's wife, with the too-blonde hair and the kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy."

However, after Upton became a major star, Victoria’s Secret used a photo of her in its catalogue in 2013 – except it was an old photo from a 2011 Victoria’s Secret shoot and the brand used it without informing Upton.

Upton has finally commented on the controversy, saying that Neophitou’s comments were her first major experience dealing with haters.

"I had just gotten my cover of Sports Illustrated that day," she said (via Vogue UK). "I wasn't used to that kind of media swirl. I had never met her, so it really came out of nowhere. It was my introduction to being in the spotlight and having people you've never met have an opinion of you."

However, Upton got the last laugh, with V just the latest in a long line of fashion magazines she’s covered in the last year, including Vogue and Elle. The V magazine cover is sure to raise eyebrows: with a headline reading, “Why Can’t Kate Upton Keep Her Clothes On?”, the magazine features a clear cover featuring Upton in a Nicola Formichetti denim jumpsuit – which readers can then peel back to see Upton wearing only a bikini, virtually undressing the model.

Upton also answered the provocative headline question, writes WWD. Why can’t Kate Upton keep her clothes on? “Because I don’t want to!” she said.

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