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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dating, sources confirm. And by sources, we mean our own eyes, as the couple was spotted holding hands!

Here's the model and former DWTS legend in the West Village in New York City:

Amid rumors going around this summer that Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were an item, the pair were spotted in July on a secretive dinner date.

Looks like that date turned into something more. Or at least some more dates!

Upton, 21, was just named 2013 Model of the Year (yes, that's a thing) and covers this month's special 100th-year anniversary Vanity Fair issue.

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Kate Upton covers Vanity Fair in its new 100th Anniversary issue, and needless to say, the Model of the Year knocks it out of the park in retro attire.

Check out the back-to-back Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl flaunting her cleavage, and cake, in the cover photographed by Annie Leibovitz:

Kate Upton Vanity Fair Cover

Kate, who previously said she's felt like a toy in the past, tells the magazine that her modeling career, while amazing, has not been without obstacles.

“I’m not going to name names, but one agency told me, ‘You’re too American, and everybody knows that American women are lazy,'" she recalls.

"I was so offended! I’ve never been so offended!”

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Kate Upton has been named Model of the Year for 2013.

She will be presented with the honor at the 10th Annual Style Awards, which kick off the annual Fashion Week events on September 4 in New York.

Kate Upton Stripping

While winning Model of the Year (and yes, there is such an award) may have once seemed unlikely for our girl, she has undeniably earned the honor.

Since the 21-year-old beauty's first stunning Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue appearance in 2011, Kate's career has been on a meteoric, upward trajectory.

She landed on the swimsuit cover the following year and this February became the first back-to-back SI Swimsuit cover girl since Tyra Banks (1996-97).

Kate Upton has also covered Vogue, joined Gisele and Kate Moss as a David Yurman model and become the consensus "It Girl" in her profession.

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Kate Upton became the It Girl of modeling after landing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012, but she too was a bit awkward as a teen.

Okay, maybe not. But a Polaroid picture of the then-aspiring model in June 2010 shows a drastically different Kate than we're used to these days ...

In honor of Fashion Week '13, Polaroid photos of supermodels (taken by casting director Douglas Perrett) before they were quite so super are surfacing.

In her case ... it's not like the Kate Upton photos you're thinking of.

Kate, 21, was just 18 when hers were taken. Previously, the beauty had attended a Miami casting call for models that would ultimately change her life.

Thank you, casting agents. Thank you.

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In celebration of LITERALLY the hottest time of year, we are pleased to announce and kick off the 1st Annual THG Bikini Body Summer Showdown!

It's not a complicated setup. Take a look at the two bikini-clad celebrities pitted against each other below. Choose your favorite. The winner advances.

Our opening battle? The incomparable Sports Illustrated stunner, Kate Upton, against one of Hugh Hefner's famous Girls Next Door, Kendra Wilkinson.

Who will win this first-round matchup? Cast your vote below!

And the Winner is?

Kate Upton vs. Kendra Wilkinson. Who's got the best bikini body? Vote in this first-round matchup of THG's Bikini Body Showdown! View Poll »

If you need do to more research before casting your virtual ballot, feel free to peruse our Kate Upton bikini photos or Kendra Wilkinson bikini pictures.

You are welcome.

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Supermodel Kate Upton says she's religious and proud of it, despite attempts by others in the industry to force her to downplay her Christian faith.

The 21-year-old got a cross tattoo on her finger so she could always show her devotion to God, the Elle cover girl revealed in the September issue.

Not unlike the way she says men treat her like a toy or an object, she revealed how it's upsetting to find that her religion isn't always taken seriously:

"I was at a photo shoot, wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, 'Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.'"

"And then they took [my necklace] away,” Kate Upton added. “I was really affected by that."

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The incomparable Kate Upton dons a gorgeous red strapless Lanvin dress on the cover of the September issue of Elle, which its newsstands August 20.

Kate Upton Elle Cover

In the magazine, she discussed the downside of her modeling fame, specifically feeling terrible and like a toy after her first SI cover in 2012.

"Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something," she tells the magazine.

"I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman."

As for her current dating life ... there isn't much of one. "I really have never had a serious relationship in the industry," she says. "I'm just having fun."

"Obviously I have a very busy schedule, and relationships [aren't] a priority."

So there's still a chance down the road, guys ... but she is not a toy. We clear?

Can't get enough of her (and how could you, honestly)? Follow the jump for more Kate Upton photos and a behind-the-scenes video from Elle ...

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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."

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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were spotted out and about again this week, this time at the HBO premiere of documentary Casting By in NYC.

"The two did not want to be photographed together," a source tells E! News.

The duo, who tried to avoid cameras, "left the event around midnight and went to Catch sushi bar, that turns into a club. The two partied until the early hours."

Despite their best efforts, the pair was nevertheless snapped in the back seat of a car, rekindling rumors that Upton is dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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All Kate Upton bikini photos are noteworthy, but this new addition is particularly stunning.

First of all, it came from Kate's own Twitter, so you know it's got her stamp of approval.

Second ... JUST LOOK AT IT! Those eyes, that smile ... sorry guys. We'll get to it:

Kate Upton Bikini Photo: HOT!

The 21-year-old blonde beauty shared the gorgeous shot of herself in a white-hot Beach Bunny Swim bikini. "Rough life @BeachBunnySwim," she wrote.

Of her tropical island locale, Upton said, "Gorgeous view today!" Later, she added, "Alright the sun is up... Isn't it time for this night shoot to be over?"

If it inspires Kate Upton bikini photos like this ... survey says NO.

Kate Upton Biography

Kate Upton Poster 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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Kate Upton
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