Hailing from Michigan and Florida, Kate Upton began her SI Swimsuit career in 2011 when her debut earned her the coveted Rookie of the Year honor. She then landed the cover in 2012 and 2013 and was named a member of the 22-person SI Swimsuit legends class. Now she's back where she belongs—on not one but three covers. The SI veteran was shot in Fiji by Yu Tsai, who photographed Upton's fifth Swimsuit issue spread. To celebrate, we revisit a past Q&A with the beguiling blonde, who had much to share about chest grooming, high-end lingerie and, yes, Speedos. Get to it!
MM: You know a little about swimwear. What style should a guy wear on the beach? KU: I don’t really know men’s swimwear... that’s not the area I shop in, ha ha. But I think that if you’re confident and you like what you’re wearing, then that’s good.
MM: So… how do you feel about Speedos? KU: Speedos? I mean, if you wanna flaunt it, flaunt it. Work on those tan lines!
MM: What do you recommend for the hairy-chested man? Wax, shave, au naturel? KU: It depends. If there’s a little hair, and you think it looks nice, maybe it does. But if you’re going grizzly bear on us… shave it, wax it, do something. Trim it down a little, get it under control. I keep myself under control, so you’ve gotta keep up!
MM: Do you have a grooming tip for guys? KU: Well, I think they should definitely wash themselves with AXE. I did this morning!
MM: Any grooming turnoffs? Not trimming fingernails, hair on the back of his neck…? KU: Maybe the fingernails. But I think that guys having a little dirt in their fingernails is a good thing. It means they’re hard workers.
MM: So if his hands are a little too soft… KU: Freaks me out a little bit. I want a guy who may have held a hammer at some point. I mean, I’m a farm girl.
MM: You’ve also done some work with Victoria’s Secret. Do you have any lingerie-buying tips for a guy shopping for his girlfriend? KU: Maybe, if you’re going to go super-nice, Kiki [de Montparnasse] lingerie. You’re probably safer there. If not, you should probably just ask her. Take her shopping with you, and you can have a little moment together.
MM: Any fitness advice? KU: I work out with my personal trainer, Justin Gelband, and otherwise I run. And I eat very healthy. Lots of sushi and salads.
MM: But you must eat a burger now and then? KU: I’m American! Of course we have a burger here and there.
MM: What would people be surprised to learn about you? KU: That I don’t walk around in a bathing suit all day. You’re shocked, I can tell...