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Kate Upton: Officially Hotter than Everyone! Thanks, Maxim!

Modeling can be hard. Sometimes, you get swept off a rock during a topless photoshoot. But sometimes, you get the recognition that you’ve worked so hard to earn.

Kate Upton has secured the #1 spot on Maxim‘s legendary Hot 100 List.

In the immortal words of Kim Kardashian: “It’s what she deserves.” Seriously.

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On Thursday, Maxim happily announced that they had reached this wise decision.

At the same time, they debuted the cover for the magazine’s 2018 July/August cover.

Upton is featured on the cover, front and center, right where she belongs.

The 25-year-old was, of course, interviewed within the pages of Maxim.

She’s proud of her achievement. She should be.

Within the pages of the publication, Upton says:

“You know, I work really hard on myself: on feeling good, working out, being strong.”

Good for her!

“Being number one on the Hot 100 is a little reward for all of the hard work.”

The enviable spot at the top of this list was filled last year by the ever-gorgeous Hailey Baldwin.

In 2016, Stella Maxwell wore that mantle.

At the height over her popularity, in 2015, Taylor Swift made that rank.

In a statement, Chief Operating Officer Robert Price spoke about how they reached this very correct decision.

“Our annual Hot 100 issue is about so much more than physical beauty, although this year’s nominees have that in spades.”

They sure do, if Upton is any indication.

“Now more than ever, we need to celebrate smart, powerful women who are breaking boundaries, shattering glass ceilings, and showing us what is possible.”

You might not think of her for that description, but you would be mistaken.

“None more so than our incredibly talented cover star, Kate Upton.”

He’s right!

When Upton speaks of strength, she’s not just talking about physically toning her limbs and her core.

She’s talking, one assumes, about personal strength of character. About bravery.

It takes unimaginable courage to step forward and make yourself a target by accusing a Guess cofounder of terrible sexual misconduct.

Trauma is difficult to discuss.

But Upton was able to detail her harrowing accusations and even refer to witnesses, some of whom made her feel safer at the time.

That takes, well, a lot of strength.

Though it was more than Kate Upton’s boobs that that put her on Maxim‘s cover, she is a model by trade.

She is jaw-droppingly gogreous. She is a professional whose career has put her through the wringer.

Every photo of her, whether it’s for an official shoot or just a quick selfie on Instagram, is captivatingly beautiful.

We’re glad to see that, unlike some publications that we could name, Maxim knows what they’re talking about when they settle on who’s the hottest.

Congratulations to Kate.

For that matter, congratulations to Justin Verlander, whom Kate Upton married late last year.

Being the hottest of the hot has to be great. Being married to the hottest of the hot doesn’t sound too shabby, either. For extremely obvious reasons.

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Kate Upton Declines Interview with Lawyer Investigating Marciano Sexual Assault Claims

Kate Upton has refused to be interviewed by a lawyer who was hired by the Special Committee of the Board Directors of Guess to investigate her claim Chief Creative Officer Paul Marciano sexually assaulted her. Upton had said publicly she would…

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Kate Upton Swept Off Rock During Topless Photoshoot!

Kate Upton may be incredibly gorgeous and successful, but that doesn't mean that her life is perfect.

And just because she's a professional doesn't mean that photoshoots can't go wrong.

In the video that you're about to see, Kate Upton's topless photoshoot goes awry when a powerful wave knocks her from the jagged rock and into the water.

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Just weeks ago, Kate Upton accused a Guess co-founder of sexual harassment. As we learned the harrowing details of Kate Upton's accusations against Paul Marciano, were were horrified by the groping, the culture of fear, and the retaliation that she described.

Thankfully, though this video has its scary moments, it's much more lighthearted.

It's also wonderful that Upton's terrible experiences did not prevent her from pursuing her modeling career.

The NSFW video that you'll see below was shared by Sports Illustrated. Their caption reads:

"Whoops! Things got a little rocky on @kateupton's #SISwim 2018 shoot in Aruba!"

That is a tremendous understatement, made mostly for the sake of the pun. Because, you see, it all starts with Kate Upton standing on a rock.

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At first, everything is going well.

Kate Upton is wearing … almost nothing.

Standing on a rock on the Aruba shoreline, she's clad in a skin-tone bikini bottom and a whole lot of light cloth attached to the back of it to make the outfit artsier than your average topless bikini pic.

(The effect is kind of … of a peacock with its tail down)

She's covering her nipples with her hands and poised dramatically while the photographers take in her beauty.

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As a larger wave comes from behind, a man comes up to offer her his hand to steady her so that she does not fall.

Keep in mind that Kate Upton can't exactly turn around and check her own surroundings. A giant Syfy Original movie sea monster could be emerging from the ocean water behind her and she'd be totally reliant upon the crew to let her know before the teeth-and-or-tentacles got her.

In this case, it's just a wave, but a powerful one.

It seems to hit the rock at just the right angle to knock her off of her feet.

The man who offered her his hand isn't able to prevent her from falling, but he does at least slow her descent.

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In fact, some fans noted that if the man had not offered his hand, she could have fallen differently, perhaps striking her face or head on the rock.

You don't ever want to fall off of a jagged rock into the ocean, but at least Kate Upton appears to mostly just fall into the water.

Another crew member dives in to make sure that she's okay.

But she's okay, and the video also shows her narrate the events after the fact.

She even seems to laugh it off. It's good to have a sense of humor about these things.

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Kate says:

"I saw the next wave coming and it didn’t look that large from my point of view, but it must have hit the rock just right and caught on."

She explains why, despite the man's help, she fell.

"The skirt whenever it’s wet with all the tools is very heavy and it dragged me down. Everybody was scared."

Have a look at this (NSFW) video for yourself:

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Kate Upton Details Horrifying Accusations Against Guess Cofounder

These days, the world knows who Kate Upton is. She’s beautiful. She was in that commercial for a phone game that looks more interesting than it probably is. And she just got married in November.

Sadly, she also has a #MeToo story, accusing Guess co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual harassment.

Now, Kate Upton is sharing the details of her accusations from her time as a Guess model, early in her career. 

Kate Upton dropped her bombshell of a #MeToo story, starting with a single tweet.

“It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand @Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director #metoo.”

She followed that up on Instagram, sharing that tweet and adding:

“He shouldn’t be allowed to use his position within the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women. #metoo.”

So, in case it wasn’t immediately clear from her use of the #MeToo hashtag, she’s accusing Paul Marciano of being one of the various sex monsters who uses his power to get away with his misdeeds.

For his part, Paul Marciano denies everything.

“I have never been alone with Kate Upton,” he says, though that doesn’t necessarily mean much on its own in light of Kate’s description that you’ll read below.

“I have never touched her inappropriately. Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner.”

You’ll see what he allegedly said about her below, also.

“I fully support the #metoo movement. At the same time, I will not allow others to defame me and tarnish my reputation.”

Well, at least he’s not using that absurd “has #metoo gone too far” rhetoric that some people keep spouting.

“I have pledged to Guess and its Board of Directors my full support and cooperation with a fair and impartial investigation.”

Photographer Yu Tsai, however, has confirmed Kate Upton’s descriptions of harassment.

Speaking to Time, Kate Upton talks about alleged sexual harassment she faced at the very beginning of her career.

“After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign [on July 25, 2010], Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me.”

That seems normal. The rest does not.

“As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them — playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real.'”

Needless to say, that is unacceptable. (This is beside the point, but if he couldn’t visually determine if they were real or not, how would that matter for the photoshoot?)

“Despite doing everything I could physically do to avoid his touch throughout the meeting, he continued to touch me in a very dominating and aggressive way, grabbing my thighs, my arms to pull me closer, my shoulders to pull me closer, my neck, my breasts, and smelling me.”

Ewww! And, obviously, horrible.

“He then told Yu Tsai to leave us alone. I was able to send a quick text to Yu Tsai asking him to stay. He did, but that did not stop Paul’s constant grabbing. I was extremely shaken, surprised and scared.”

“At one point he forcibly grabbed the back of my head so that I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck.”

That sounds so gross.

“I remember not wanting to say ‘Get off of me’ because I didn’t want to open my mouth to say anything because I didn’t want him to be able to put his tongue in my mouth.”

A horrifying situation to contemplate. And I’d bet that there are people who read Upton’s words and can relate.

“I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid his pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I decided to just wiggle away.”

She says that Paul Marciano tried to insist that he walk her to her hotel room, but that Yu Tsai stepped in and volunteered to walk her to her room.

Upton says that she was afraid of what Marciano might do if the two of them were truly alone. She also says that he tried again.

“The next Guess shoot I worked on was about a month later. As soon as I went up to my hotel room, Paul started calling me asking to come up and see how my room is.”

That is not as subtle as it must have sounded in his mind.

“I politely declined several times. He continued to insist. He said he was already in the hotel lobby. He even called my room from the hotel lobby desk.”

She says that she finally turned off her phone, locked her door, and went to sleep. Unfortunately, she also says that her denials had immediate consequences.

“The next day, I learned that I had been fired from the shoot. Someone had called my agency to say I had gotten fat and would not be needed on set [that day]. I was devastated, especially because at this point no one from Guess had even seen me.”

That was not, obviously, the end of her career. But Upton says that she felt that, at any given moment, it could be. 

“It made me feel that if I cut off communication with him, I wouldn’t be booked again. Paul’s texting increased, telling me how excited he was to see me.”

The content of those text messages was pretty horrifying, too.

“He wanted me to change in front of him so he could see my naked body getting into his clothes. He asked if I thought of him when I was posing sexy on set.”

She also says that Yu Tsai was fired, perhaps in retaliation for shielding her with his presence. Upton says that photographer Ellen von Unwerth also interceded on her behalf to help her avoid being forced into an unwanted dinner.

It seems that her refusing to have dinner with him was the last straw for Marciano.

“After that he was extremely upset. I had a final shoot [in May of 2011], and he was outwardly rude and degrading the entire time.”

That alone would be unprofessional of him and unacceptable.

“He said I was ‘disgusting’ and started telling people how unprofessional I was by spreading rumors that I was drunk on set and partying every night, which of course I wasn’t. I was then told to leave because Paul had said, ‘Get that fat pig off my set.'”

Kate Upton would later go on to see fame and success after her Sports Illustrated cover.

She says that Guess asked her back … but that Paul Marciano’s texting her that he would be on set and insisting that she not bring her boyfriend drove her to turn down $ 400,000.

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