In addition to landing a third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover and a cosmetics contract with Bobbi Brown, Kate Upton is taking on another exciting role in 2014: brand ambassador for Express. We caught up with the 22-year-old on the set of the fall campaign shoot to talk about trends, showing skin, and why the brand’s new Barely Boot Editor Pants are almost too good to be true. Keep reading for our exclusive interview and behind-the-scenes photos.
What trends are you most excited to try this summer?
Well it’s been a very long winter, so I am excited to get into my shorts, like cute lace shorts, and maybe some floral prints.
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What’s in your beach bag?
Sunblock, Ray-Bans, my phone, and water.
What’s your favorite way to show some skin?
Shorts—I like my legs.
What do you love most about Express’ Barely Boot Editor Pants ($70)?
They just give you a great body. Your butt looks good, and it’s the perfect flare to make your legs look long. It’s a nice pant. I would wear them with flats and a t-shirt during the weekend or the day, and heels and a nice jacket for work.
You’re an icon to so many people, who is your style icon?
Carine Roitfeld. She finds a way to always look sophisticated and sexy.
What do you put on that makes you feel instantly sexy?
I would say a great fitting pair of jeans.
What song always makes you want to dance?
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.
The full skirt is a key trend for the season, how would you take it from summer to fall?
For summer, you can go casual with flip-flops, and then for fall, I would put a nice boot with it and a leather jacket.
What are your 5 must-haves for fall?
I am obsessed with leather, so I love a good leather jackets and pair of boots. A great lip color. Right now, I really love using more of wine, purple-y red color, which is awesome for fall. I always have a good pair of black jeans and a nice black sweater.