In Upton’s latest interview with Vogue UK, the 22-year-old recalls Richardson being on the receiving end of her wrath after the bespectacled shutterbug shared a behind-the-scenes video of her dancing in her bikini.
Uploaded in May 2012, the now-viral video was of Upton doing the Cat Daddy dance, which involved the buxom model to gyrate in a tiny two-piece. Despite the clip garnering millions of views, the model says she was not amused at the time.
“Yes, I did,” Upton says, when interviewer Alexa Chung asks if she stood up to Richardson after learning that he published something that she filmed for fun. “I was like, ‘That was disrespectful, you could have told me!'”
“Now, obviously, it’s fine,” Upton, who has since collaborated with Richardson on many more photo shoots, adds.
and his sexually exploitative ways may have won this round may be back in Upton’s good books, the blonde beauty isn’t done with speaking her mind. Crediting her mother as her support system, Upton says she will always rise to the challenge — or in this case, an argument.
“A lot of times I’d be on the phone with my mum 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. I knew I was frustrated but I was 15 so I didn’t know exactly how to put things,” Upton says. “My mum told me when I was younger that I could never raise my voice but I could always match a tone. I’ve kept that with me because, in fashion, there can be some heated moments. I’m never the one raising my tone, but I will match one.”
So, does Upton get into a lot of arguments these days? According to the two-time Sports Illustrated cover girl, not really.
“Once you’re in the fashion crowd, it’s almost like a family,” she says. “They’re so loyal and so supportive, and I talk to most of those people on a daily basis.”