This year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model is breaking the “size zero” mold and it’s about time. Still considered skinny by any normal person’s standards, she’s taking a lot of flak in the modeling world for her curves and she’s not letting it bother her one bit, recently telling Access Hollywood, “I love my curves. You know, I’m healthy and I think that’s what Sports Illustrated represents: healthy, confident women who love their bodies.” Amen to that, and all the teenage girls out there starving themselves to look like the Victoria’s Secret models need to take note.
Upton often talks about how much she loves food, and dogs, and she’s not afraid of a little controversy (her recent ad for–of all things, a hamburger–for Carl’s Jr was deemed too hot for TV and banned from airing during the Super Bowl, but you can watch it on YouTube. Here are three more reasons to love her:
1. She can look adorable while milking cows.
2. She competed on a national level in the American Paint Horse Association and won 5 world titles on her horse Roanie Pony.
3. She can teach you how to Dougie.
Rival models can hate on her all they want—this girl’s career is not going anywhere but to the top—and we bet she’s going to enjoy the ride.