Kate Upton: "I'm Not Going to Starve Just to Be Thin"

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl bites back at weight critics after being called "piggy" and "lardy"

On what planet is Kate Upton considered fat? The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, who practically breaks the Internet every time she dances on YouTube, is facing some criticism for her enviable body. Fortunately, she's not listening.

"I'm not going to starve just to be thin," the 20-year-old model reportedly told the U.K.'s Sun. "I want to enjoy life and I can't if I'm not eating and miserable."

To state the obvious, Kate Upton should eat whatever she wants, because she is really, really not fat. How did this crazy body-snarking start, anyway? Predictably, it began on a pro-anorexia website called SkinnyGossip. The site referred to the bikini model as "piggy," "lardy" and "pregnant," and even called her a "cannibal" for eating a burger in a commercial (because she's a "cow," get it?).

To give you some perspective, the website also published a series of tips for girls who want to starve themselves. Their perspective is a little skewed, to say the least. But of course, the media ran with the story; any excuse to talk about famous women's weight (and post more bikini pictures of Kate Upton), right?

Interestingly, the woman who runs SkinnyGossip has changed her tune in light of the controversy she caused. In a recent post, she denies that she supports anorexic behavior. Not only has she deleted the "Starving Tips of the Day," but she is adding resources to help women with eating disorders and is cracking down on community members who promote self-harm. She hasn't changed her mind about Kate Upton, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion (even if it's a super-weird one).

As for Upton, this isn't the first time she's faced criticism about her weight -- but sadly, that's part of the game when you're a professional model.

"It was hard when I was first in the industry and people were like: 'No, you are fat,'" she told the press. "But my body is something that you have to work out and eat healthily for."

In fact, Kate's curves hearken back to an era (not so long ago!) when models didn't have to look like starving waifs. Upton's body is a really nice contrast to those runaway models who look like human clothes hangers. If she's started a trend toward more womanly bodies, then we hope it's here to stay!

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