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March 19, 2013  | by: Meaghan "Chas" Kerin
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Swimsuit model Kate Upton has certainly been the center of a lot of controversy in the last few years, and it appears she will continue to be a hot topic in the fashion industry. According to a Page Six article she is in the running for the June cover of American Vogue–a change that I think would be absolutely welcome and refreshing.

I was horrified when I read over the summer that Upton was criticized for being “fat” by a pro-skinny website; the girl has a hot bod if you ask me (or any of the men who appreciated her presence on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Edition in 2012, and 2013). She’s “curvy” by fashion model standards (she is a size 4, by the way), but she also radiates confidence and does not apologize for looking the way she does.

She’s been asked to grace the covers of Vogue UK and Vogue Italia, and has been the subject of an editorial feature in American Vogue–but no cover spot, as of yet. I guess the US is one of the only countries that is still resistant to promoting healthy body images in its fashion magazines. Which is why putting Upton on the cover would be an awesome new direction for the magazine, and a respectable choice on the part of infamous Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour

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And besides the fact that putting Upton on the cover would prove that Vogue is not as stiff as its reputation might make it seem, I also want Upton to be on the cover for another reason: I miss the days where models were the stars of fashion magazines, rather than celebrities. I’ve been noticing in the past ten years that, rather than having supermodels photographed in their covers, magazines are focusing on celebrities. In 2013, American Vogue has chosen Michelle Obama, Rooney Mara, Beyoncé, and Gwen Stefani as cover stars. While I am all for an inspiring story, I am a little nostalgic for the covers that featured professional models like Linda  Evangelista (11 Vogue covers), or Naomi Campbell (7 Vogue covers). 

The bottom line is that I would be really, really psyched if Vogue chose to put Upton on its June 2013 cover. Not only would it prove to the girls around world that having a healthy body can be desirable and sexy, but might also serve to revive the golden age of the supermodel.

Do you agree? What do you think of Upton’s potential Vogue cover?

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