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Kate Upton: People Assume Models Are Dumb, Treat Them Like Children

August 8th, 2013 7:01pm EDT

Kate Upton Kate Upton has landed the cover and a sexy pictorial in the September issue of ELLE magazine; and the supermodel discusses everything from the difficulties she had after landing her first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover to being treated like a "dumb blonde".

Upton also shared the story of an incident that took place during a photo shoot in which someone blasted her religious values.

“I was at a photo shoot and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like, ‘Why are you wearing a cross? Like you would be religious’," she says. "And then they took [my necklace] away. I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want [a cross] with me, at all times.”

Perhaps that incident is how she landed the role of a nun in a bikini in 2012's The Three Stooges movie.

The curvaceous stunner is also smarter than many people take her for.

“People deal with models like they are children," she says. "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.”

Kate also has a message for any men looking to mess around: she's not a plaything.

“After my first Sports Illustrated cover, I felt terrible about myself for a solid month. Every single guy I met was either married or about to be married, and I felt like I was their bachelor present or something," she says. "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 sh*t out.”

Check out more of Kate Upton in the September issue of ELLE magazine, on newsstands August 20.

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Photo Credits: Carter Smith for ELLE

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