Today is supermodel and viral phenomenon Kate Upton’s 19th birthday. That’s right. 19. By just typing those two digits and looking at the above photo I think I’m required by law to take a cold shower.
A few short months ago 18 year-old Kate Upton was simply a remarkably attractive model with zero Twitter followers who Google hadn’t heard of. Today she has close to 70K followers, a massive Tumblr collection that should only be viewed in private, and a name synonymous with pageviews.
How did this teenage (*shakes fist*) beauty from Michigan conquer the internet in a few short months? Well, being eighteen and jaw dropping didn’t hurt, but a unique combo of SI Swimsuit Issue, being confused with a YouTube legend, teaching the masses how to Dougie, and tweeting seductive photos is what really did the trick.
I could explain away in type all day but I’m sure we all agree a visual presentation is really what’s in order.
Step 1: Model for Guess, Get Mistaken for Miss Teen South Carolina
Being confused with this apparently happened a lot after the launch of her first Guess campaign in early 2011.
Step 2: Debut in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2011
Step 3: Do the Dougie at a Clippers Game
This was well received by the interwebs back in April.
Step 4: Be Good At Twitter
Note to aspiring supermodels: this is how you build a following.
Step 4: Be Rumored to Date Kanye
More on that here.
Step 5: Go on Tosh.0
And finally, to hammer home that you’re adored by the internet, appear on Tosh.0.
Well played, Kate. Well played.