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Kate Upton Opens Up About Sports Illustrated Cover: "I Felt Terrible About Myself for a Solid Month”

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Don't hate Kate Upton because she's beautiful.

Because, apparently, a lot of people already treat the blonde bombshell unfairly due to her natural good looks.

As the cover girl of Elle's September issue, the 21-year-old is opening up about the trials and tribulations she faces as a model.

"People deal with models like they are children," she explains in an interview with the fashion glossy. "They think they can pull one over on you. It's actually funny. I'm always like, I'm about to pull something on you, and you're so focused on thinking I'm dumb you're not even going to know."

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Kate Upton, Elle Carter Smith/ELLE

Indeed, Upton has seemed to blindside her critics, like Victoria's Secret casting agent Sophia Neophitou, who once famously told the New York Times she would never cast Upton because she had the "kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy."

Not only did Upton go on to appear in a Victoria's Secret catalogue, but she's steadily carved out a niche for herself in the notoriously competitive world of high fashion, landing covers with the oh-so-covetable edition of American Vogue as well as the Brazilian edition of the magazine this year alone, not to mention her first Elle cover.

And we're guessing Upton's glad to distance herself from the men's magazines she's posed for in the past since, according to her, her salacious Sports lllustrated cover brought her nothing but grief. 

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"After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month," she confessed. "Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something. I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used. I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your s--t out."

Though, we're guessing more than a few single gals out there will appreciate the fact that even Upton has trouble meeting a nice, eligible bachelor.

Not that she's exactly looking.

"I'm just having fun, she said. "Obviously I have a very busy schedule at this time in my life, and I don't put relationships as a priority."

Upton's Elle issue hits newsstands on Aug. 20. 

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