Kate Upton's flirty behaviour with Buddy Franklin caused a stir at the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Jesse Marlow
American swimwear model Kate Upton was branded a scarlet woman at the Melbourne Cup. Not just for her red-hot dress but because of her flirty behaviour with AFL star Lance ‘‘Buddy’’ Franklin.
The pair were spotted laughing and being quite touchy-feely on the Emirates marquee balcony. Franklin’s girlfriend, Jesinta Campbell, was not there because she was rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars.
But Upton says there was nothing in it. ‘‘I just met him,’’ she said at the Crown Oaks lunch on Wednesday. ‘‘We were at the same event.’’Anyway, she has a boyfriend, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who also has a Dancing with the Stars connection; he’s a professional dancer on the US version of the show.
Kate Upton arrives at the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon at the Crown Palladium Photo: Mark Metcalfe
So who exactly is this blonde bombshell? She has a million Twitter followers, probably thanks to scoring the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue two years in a row - the first time in a painted bikini.
However, Upton, who is a devout Christian, said there were negative after-effects of the 2012 cover: ‘‘I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something.’’
Upton has said her belief in God is important to her. During a photoshoot, someone joked about a cross necklace she wore, saying: ‘‘Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious.’’ They then took the necklace from her to do the shoot.
Upton told The Christian Post: ‘‘I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realise that I do want a cross with me at all times.’’ As a result, Upton had a cross tattooed on the inside of her finger.
The 21-year-old’s star is certainly on the rise. She was on the Vanity Fair 100th anniversary cover and is about to feature in a movie, The Other Woman, alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.
But it’s her down-to-earth nature that has also scored her fans across the world. Last year she accepted an invitation to a prom from an LA high school senior who invited her by saying: ‘‘I’m Jewish, 5’9’’ on a good day, and can’t dance.’’
But she can dance. In her own dorky way she did the Teach Me How To Dougie Dougie at a baseball game, instantly becoming an internet sensation.
''The funny thing is, I dance all throughout the day,” Upton told Vanity Fair. “I just like to goof around and have a good time. It’s not like I’m a good dancer. It’s just me. It’s just what I do.”
Her Twitter bio quotes the words of Mae West: ‘‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.’’
“I actually don’t know how I came across that,” Upton told Vanity Fair, “but right when I saw it, I was like, ‘That’s me. That’s how I feel!’ There’s no such thing as too much. And if you do have too much, it can be awesome.”