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50 Beautiful Photos Of America’s Favorite Bombshell: Kate Upton [SLIDESHOW]

Kate Upton first captured America’s heart when she did a silly dance in a sparkly red bikini, but four years and 26 million views later, the 23-year-old model is still a fixture.

Here are 50 of her most striking photos.

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  • Thanks to her time in Sports Illustrated, Kate Upton is one of the most well known models. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • It's easy to see why America loved her. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton was born in Michigan and raised in Florida. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She grew up riding horses. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • In 2008, she signed her first modeling contract. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She did modeling for Dooney Burke and Guess early on in her career. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She was voted "Rookie of the Year" by Sports Illustrated fans in 2011. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She's been on the cover of the magazine several times now. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Her first cover was in 2012. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • In 2013, she was on the cover again. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • But Victoria's Secret once said it would never let Upton model for them because she was 'too obvious.' (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said she thought that was "cruel." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "It really came out of nowhere," Upton said. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • It was an "introduction to being in the spotlight and having people you’ve never met have an opinion of you.” (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton's career has clearly done just fine since. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton said her fame came quickly. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "One year I had a lot of male followers, and the next, women followers and fans. I didn't have a say in it - that was just how it went." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said she considers herself a good role model for young women. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I didn't at first because I was just being myself and living my life, and then, whenever the criticism started, I did. I just thought how I'm going to come out of this will be an example for girls." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said her mom helped her navigate things a lot when she first got started. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "A lot of times I'd be on the phone with my mom as I was walking into a meeting and then calling her right after. She helped me word things and express myself so I knew what I was saying." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I knew I was frustrated but I was 15 so I didn't know exactly how to put things." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "My mom told me when I was younger that I could never raise my voice but I could always match a tone." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I've kept that with me because, in fashion, there can be some heated moments." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I'm never the one raising my tone, but I will match one." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton said she never expected that video of her dancing to go viral. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Photographer Terry Richardson released it, and it got 26 million views. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I was like, 'That was disrespectful, you could have told me!'" (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "Now, obviously, it's fine." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton is also constantly compared to a young Marilyn Monroe. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said she doesn't see it as much as everyone else. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I always thought Marilyn was so beautiful and iconic, it was amazing to even be mentioned in the same sentence as her." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "But I feel like nowadays it's easy to be genuine and show your personality, whereas I don't think Marilyn had that opportunity. And clearly she had a dark side, and I don't have that." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said she's got business smarts too. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I don't take myself seriously, but I take my job seriously." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Upton has since moved on from her swimsuit days to more serious modeling and acting. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She has been the face of Bobbi Brown makeup. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She was in the film "The Other Woman" alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "I think the fame aspect, there was definitely a period when I had to get used to it. My family had to get used to it, too." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Fame has certainly been a struggle for Upton though. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • In 2014, several of Upton's nude photos were leaked online. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • Hackers reportedly got into her Apple iCloud account. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "It's an invasion of my privacy and it's not OK." (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • "People don’t have a right to look at those photos or to judge them.” (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • She said she wishes she could delete her social media accounts sometimes. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
  • During an interview in 2015, Upton said she plans to pursue a vigorous career, and even takes acting lessons. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • "I feel like I did a lot in modeling and there are other little adventures outside of fashion. I think both will be part of my career.” (Photo: Getty Images)
  • Upton won't be leaving the modeling scene anytime soon. (Photo: Getty Images)