The Edit, Kate Upton

Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of THE EDIT

Kate Upton was all about expressing herself in 140 characters or less, but not so much anymore.

With close to 2 million followers on Twitter, the blond bombshell was easily (and happily) able to connect with her growing fan base over the interwebs, which is something she explains in Net-a-Porter's online magazine The Edit this week.

But the 22-year-old also admits that social media has taken a downward spiral—at least in her book—and even calls it "bulls--t."

"I feel like social media at this point is kind of bulls--t," Upton began to tell the online mag. "At the beginning it was amazing and a lot of fun. It was like, 'Cool, I can talk to my fans!' And now I think that we're losing the art of it. When I first joined Twitter it was just me, but [when] you've got contracts, it's so planned. Now it's about who has the best marketing, not who has a really good personality."

The Edit, Kate Upton

Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of THE EDIT

Additionally, the model and actress has had to deal with constantly being in the spotlight and therefore, succumb to the public's perception and criticism. But that's something that Kate's learned to brush off over time.

"[The scrutiny was really hard to deal with] because I actually cared what people thought. The only thing I do for other people now is cook," she says. "That's the only place in my life where I care what they think...I've heard people say, 'You put yourself in that position to be judge.' But no, I put myself in that position because I really liked that photographer. I wanted to do that piece of work. Not to be judged."

Upton continues, "The Internet can be horrible, so I just don't look at it anymore...But maybe a bit of hate is good for me. Because if I'm in a spot where everyone loves me, I won't try as hard."

The Edit, Kate Upton

Victor Demarchelier, courtesy of THE EDIT

Well that, and her steadfast determination. Kate tells The Edit that "if I make up my mind that I'm going to accomplish something, it's like I have tunnel vision. I block out everything else and that's all I see."

And while many stars may let people's preconceptions get the best of them, Upton puts a positive twist on the matter: "People always have low expectations of me, but that makes it easy to impress them!"

Atta, girl!

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