Kate Upton: Sports Illustrated Cover Made Me Feel "Terrible," Like a "Toy"

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Kate Upton is on top of the world thanks to back-to-back Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, but her status as a sex symbol took some getting used to.

The supermodel said at first, she felt objectified and ridiculed.

"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I just felt terrible about myself for a solid month," she tells Elle, which the 21-year-old also covers this month.

"Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I'm not a toy, I'm a human."

"I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman, you need to figure your sh-t out," she added, lamenting that she's treated like a stereotypical "dumb blonde."

Nowadays, she says she takes this more in stride.

"People deal with models like they are children. They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny," says the beauty and "It Girl" of modeling.

"I'm always like, 'I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know what hit you."

We love that about Kate, that she's so honest and secure in who she is, which is so much more than any stereotype and refreshing for a model especially.

But let's be real ... Kate Upton photos are unreal.

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Kate Upton Biography

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Kate Upton is an model and actress known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,first in 2011, when she was named... More »
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