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Kate Upton was angry that ‘Cat Daddy’ video that made her famous went public

Kate Upton and fashion photographer Terry Richardson on the day that helped make her famous.
Kate Upton and fashion photographer Terry Richardson on the day that helped make her famous. © Terry TV

It’s the video that helped launch her into the stratosphere of fame – model Kate Upton doing the “Cat Daddy” dance two years ago for famous/infamous photographer Terry Richardson.

But Upton tells British Vogue that she was angry that he made the video public.

In the video, which went viral in May 2012, a 19-year-old Upton dances in a teeny red bikini that struggles to contain her bountiful bosom as she grinds her way through the hip-hop song by The Rej3ctz.

(Revisit history below.)

Upton tells Alexa Chung, writing for Vogue, that she confronted Richardson after he put the video on the Internet, telling him, “that was disrespectful, you could have told me!’”

She says she thought she was being filmed just for behind-the-scenes fun by Richardson, who has famously been accused in the past of inappropriate behavior with models. “Now, obviously, it’s fine,” Upton says, 1.93 million Twitter followers later.

All that water under the bridge probably flows from how her career skyrocketed – including scoring the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013 – after the video went viral.

When Chung asked Richardson if he felt responsible for Upton’s success, he answered with, “no. Kate was born a star.”

What a gentleman.

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