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Kate Upton's Fitness Secret


Deemed People's "Sexiest Woman," Kate Upton seems to have it all.  And while she can thank God for blessing her with those curves, her trainer David Kirsch, is partially responsible for the rest.  So how does the super model tighten and tone?  With platypus walks.  Yep, she walks around like a duck and you can, too.  Here's the how-to.


  1.  Grab a medicine ball with both hands and extend your arms overhead.
  2. Squat in a sitting position with your knees over your toes and your butt sticking back as far as possible.  Yes, stick it out!
  3. Engage your core and walk forward, pushing off through each heel.
  4. Walk back and forth across your room until you can't anymore.

That's it!  It sounds so easy, but if you try it, you'll quickly feel the burn and realize why it works so well for Kate Upton.  Let me know how you do.  Hey, we'll be in bikinis again in no time!

The Scoop: Kate Upton's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Shoot from Her Hairstylist, Peter Butler

I'm sure you saw Kate Upton's new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, which believe it or not was shot in Antarctica.  Can you imagine?  One would think that because of the freezing temperatures there it was shot in front of a green screen.  “It was a real challenge, the first day we arrived there was a blizzard and I was just thinking that it was all going to be a disaster," Kate's hair stylist Peter Butler commented.  I spoke with Peter about shoot details and of course, her smooth strands. "Thankfully, the next five days there was sun every day," he exclaimed.  Yes, thankfully there was at least sun while Kate was practically naked in Antarctica.  When it came to her hair, Peter used Leonor Greyl’s Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice and blow dried with a large round brush.  Then, curled big sections of her hair with a large barreled iron, but there was a challenge.

"With the temperature in the teens, hair that is highlighted or colored can become extremely brittle, so I used the Éclat Naturel after brushing her hair out to soften it up and give some separation," Peter explained. "Because it was so cold, the cream actually ended up turning into more of a paste because the formula is so natural."

He described the freezing temperatures like working in a desert.  The atmosphere was so dry, he had to work with, not against the elements.

Oribe Talks Working with Kate Upton for Italian Vogue & Dishes How to Get Those Waves

As soon as I laid eyes on Kate Upton's Vogue cover I had to know how to achieve the seductive, yet sophisticated look of old hollywood glamour.  It's captivating.  Of course, it's also Kate Upton, but I needed to get the dirt.  Hairstylist to the stars, Oribe was on set at the Marilyn Monroe suite at the Waldorf-Astoria for the shoot with makeup artist, Pat McGrath. The glamorous tone was set and the two worked their talents.  I spoke with Oribe to find out more about working with this new Vogue cover girl and exactly how to achieve those sexy waves. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think Vogue cover girl?

What’s great about Italian Vogue is that they use models instead of the same celebrities over and over. It’s very special for a young model like Kate to be chosen, and it’s also really special for the hairdresser working on the shoot.

Have you ever worked with Kate Upton before?  What was she like to work with?

I’ve worked with her several times and love her.  She’s great on set – a lot of fun and a little quirky.  She reminds me of the Jayne Mansfield of this era.

What was your inspiration?  

The shoot was very Helmut Newton-inspired.

What's your secret to getting her hair so full and wavy?

I used a 1-inch curling iron and my Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray for the curls.  The spray is an amazing styling product that helped me to create a curl that had hold, even when brushed out.  Steven Meisel, the photographer, wanted her hair to look very full, I used my Dry Texturizing Spray to create the necessary volume.

Who did you collaborate with to come up with her glamorous, old Hollywood look?

Steven Meisel had the concept in mind – it was very Helmut Newton inspired. I worked closely with him, Pat McGrath, the makeup artist, and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, the fashion stylist, on the finished look.