Kate Upton is being honored this week as the 2013 Model of the Year. She will receive the award Wednesday night in New York City during the 10th annual Style Awards. The 21-year-old Berrien County native is the neice of Congressman Fred Upton and daughter of Niles High School athletic drector Jeff Upton. She has twice appeared on the cover of the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue in 2012 and 2013. Upton has also landed on the cover of "Vogue" in both the U.S. and Brazil and was the September cover story for "Elle" magazine. In that interview, Upton confessed she had a hard time with her first "SI" swimsuit issue, saying quote, "I'm not a toy, I'm a human. I'm not here to be used." Upton has also been rumored to have been dating Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, though neither of them ever publicly confirmed a relationship.
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