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A Very Happy Birthday, Kate Upton: 21 Facts and 21 Photos to Celebrate 21 Years

Two-time SI Swimsuit Issue covergirl Kate Upton turned 21 today. To mark the merry anniversary, we've assembled the ultimate Upton primer: 21 facts and 21* photos.

*Some of the facts include visual aides, pushing the total number of Kate Upton photographs in this post above 21. We hope that's ok.

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1. She was a stunner in high school, too, just with more clothing.

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2. She advises guys to forgo cheesy pick-up lines and focus instead on their aroma.

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3. The Best Offense is a Good Defense, and the Best Defense is Kate Upton.

In March of 2012, Kate Upton attended a Suns-Thunder game in Oklahoma City. An NBC Sports story indicated that there were 10% fewer shots made on her side of the court than the opposite one.

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4. She pokes fun at the Jets like a boss.

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5. She doesn't just wear foxy swimsuits. She also designs them.

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6. Her family tree is stacked.

Her great-grandfather Frederick Upton co-founded Upton Machine in 1911. It would later be renamed the Whirlpool Corporation and become a Fortune 500 company that has an annual revenue of $18.4 billion. Her uncle Fred Upton (R-MI) has been the US Congressional Representative of Michigan’s 6th district since 1987. Her mother Shelley Upton was a former state Tennis champion from Texas.

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7. Gambit, of the X-Men, gets her all worked up*.

*Not necessarily a fact-fact.

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8. She had a Super Bowl commercial banned in 2012 …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBGzcx_7xLk

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9. ... and a Zoo York ad banned just a month later

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10. … and nearly three-peated in 2013 with a different Super Bowl ad, this one for Mercedes.

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11. Kate made her movie debut in the 2011 film Tower Heist.

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12. She then shot scenes for 2012's The Three Stooges

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13. … but ended up being banned from that, too.

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14. She never breaks character, even during staged photobombs by Ken Jeong.

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15. She’s a Michigan Wolverines fan.

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16. … and they're fans of hers.

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17. Kevin Durant may be the only man to have rejected her.

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Do your day a favor and browse the rest of this Kate GIF gallery.

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18. She competed in multiple American Paint Horse Association World Championships.

The APHA is extremely proud of her.

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19. She makes far-fetched teenager dreams sorta come true.

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20. She's a pro at MLB 2K12.

Meanwhile, the creatives at the agency that produced this spot are pros at innuendo.

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21. She’s the first model to be on the Swimsuit cover in consecutive years since Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997.

And we're happy to have enabled that fact.

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And now, those 21 photos …