Kate Upton Is Pin-Up Perfection in Leopard Dress and Red Lipstick

The SI Swimsuit model and mom channeled an old Hollywood vibe in a recent Instagram photo.
Kate Upton.

Kate Upton.

Whether she’s rocking a swimsuit, athleisure at a Mets game or her incredible street style, Kate Upton always looks amazing. The three-time SI Swimsuit Issue cover model recently channeled the old Hollywood actress aesthetic and we can’t get enough of her classy look.

Makeup artist Tracy Murphy shared a photo of her client on Instagram on May 20 in which Upton donned a figure-hugging leopard dress and a matching headband in her hair, courtesy of hairstylist Romina Manenti. Murphy opted for a bold red lip on Upton, who posed for the pic in a pair of cat eye sunglasses.

“What a gas 💨 to have this babe back where she belongs—in NYC! 🗽🗽🗽,” Murphy wrote in her caption of the 30-year-old model and mom.

“I love her soooo much! Been a fan since day 1. Iconic.👏,” one of Murphy’s 14,900 IG followers sweetly commented.

“Bardot vibes,” someone else wrote, referring to French actress and model Brigitte Bardot.

Upton made her SI Swimsuit Issue debut in 2011 with two features, including a body paint spread, which led her to be named Rookie of the Year. She landed the magazine’s cover the following year after posing for photographer Walter Iooss Jr. in Australia. Upton earned two additional covers with the brand after her incredible ’13 photo shoot in Antarctica and her ’17 feature in Fiji.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.