Notorious American bikini model, Kate Upton exposed her strong opinion on sexism to the world in honor of International Women's Day by posting an intimate image of her “superpower” on Instagram. In an up-close selfie she shared an organic moment as she breastfed her daughter, Genevieve Upton Verlander. A deliberate fanfare, in which she marvels in the extraordinary gift she is able to offer as a woman.
Although the now iconic pic with 50 000 likes and 500 comments within one hour, celebrated empowerment on a day which recognizes the wonder of women, sexist reactions appeared to supersede the compelling message. She captioned the stunning black and white snap: 'Will cherish these moments forever can’t imagine a greater superpower! #internationalwomensday'.
Most of her adoring fans valued the essence of her directive, advocating her decision to take a break from her career to fixate on being a mom. She was lauded for being a strong, beautiful woman, and an amazing wife. Although many professed they couldn’t wait to see Upton, 26, stun on the runway again, her doting followers inspired her to “keep up the good work” says, Inquisitr.
Despite the raw, truthful image of motherhood - others, without hindrance slandered the instinctual moment. Bold, misogynist comments opposed the grace of her post meant to endow the power of women. Some men expressed they were jealous of the infant, and many referred to 4 month old Genevieve, as “lucky”. One stand out comment declared that every time the model flashes her breasts, it’s a moment for everyone to cherish.
According to the Daily Mail, Upton also championed motherhood and the normalization of breastfeeding on Valentine's day - a monumental flash on Instagram wherein she was featured using a breast pump before heading out on a date. However, the unwavering support from Victoria Secret angel, Lily Aldridge and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue editor, MJ Day pacified sexist remarks ensued by the unimpeded snap.
Upton also shared an intimate throwback pic which remains relevant on her Instagram as she chose to share it in celebration of sisterhood. It's captioned, “A world without sexism would be a world where hard work, merit and qualifications are put before gender. True partnerships would be present rather than the constrictions of traditional roles. Instead of being put in a box, everyone is on an even playing field and therefore benefits. This is the world in which I want my daughter to thrive.”@glamourmag#internationalwomensday
Upton is no stranger to media attention having appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2011—for which she was named "Rookie of the Year"—and on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue the following year. Additionally, in July 2012, she posed for the cover of GQ Magazine. In the GQ photo, Upton is sporting a skimpy, red, white and blue bikini, and seductively eating a popsicle.