There are things you don’t want out there, even if they make you a star.
A video posted of Kate Upton doing the “Cat Daddy” dance may have helped launch her career, but that doesn’t mean the model was happy to see it go public.
“That was disrespectful, you could have told me!” the 21-year-old said she told photographer Terry Richardson, who posted the clip in 2012, after it went viral.
The former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover model told Vogue UK in a new interview that she was horrified to see the minute-long video of herself dancing while wearing an extremely small bikini go viral, in part because she thought it had just been filmed for fun and wouldn’t be seen by anyone who wasn’t at the photoshoot.
But whether or not she wanted the video to be released, it was an immediate hit and has garnered more than 21 million views in the last three years, which might be why Upton’s opinion of it has softened slightly.
“Now, obviously, it’s fine,” she said.
For his part, the controversial Richardson doesn’t feel the video, as popular as it proved to be, played much of a part in the model’s success.
“No,” he told the magazine, “Kate was born a star.”