Kate Upton has proved to be quite a brave woman when it comes to taking criticism for her look. The model didn't seem fazed when a Victoria's Secret stylist compared her to a "footballer's wife" with a "face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy." (We assume landing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue can only help in the confidence department.)

But Kate's curves continue to spark debate within the fashion world and beyond. Most recently, Skinny Gossip, a "thinspiration" website run by a former model who now works in the fashion industry, has called out the blonde bombshell for her figure, criticizing Kate for "confidently lumbering up a runway like there’s a buffet at the end of it." Under a photo of the model in a bikini, the blogger writes:

Has fashion become this? Well – we know it hasn’t, so let’s not pretend this is fashion. She looks thick, vulgar, almost pornographic – and she is a solid 30 lbs too heavy for this outfit...Is this what American women are “striving” for now? The lazy, lardy look? Have we really gotten so fat in this country that Kate is the best we can aim for?

The writer even goes as far as to compare Kate to a "cow" and quip that she's engaging in "cannibalism" by eating a hamburger during the filming of a Carls Jr. advertisement. While Ms. Upton has certainly been polarizing, the 19-year-old has been able to score a major Vogue editorial, land a GQ cover and even be the speculative cover girl of Carine Roitfeld's forthcoming glossy.

So while various members of the fashion industry may refuse to accept Kate, she doesn't seem to be wanting for any jobs at the moment. Perhaps it's best that industry insiders continue to focus on featuring healthy, representative women on runways and the pages of magazines.

Check out some Kate Upton photos and tell us what you think of the latest criticism.

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  • Vogue US, June 2013

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  • Harper's Bazaar, April 2013

  • Vogue UK, January 2013

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  • Vogue Italia, November 2012

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  • Vogue, November 2012

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  • CR Fashion Book, Fall 2012

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  • Interview Russia, July 2012

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  • GQ, July 2012

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  • July 2012

    20 year-old Kate Upton denies rumors that she was drinking alcohol at a Detroit Tigers baseball game (TMZ Photo)

  • Vogue, July 2012

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  • June 2012

    "The Many Talents Of Kate Upton" presented by GQ and shot by Terry Richardson (Youtube)

  • May 2012

    Kate Upton at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    Cannes Film Festival (Getty photo)

  • April 2012

    Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail Reception following the 2012 White House Correspondants' Association Dinner (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    Kate Upton dances the "Cat Daddy" for Terry Richardson (Youtube)

  • April 2011

    Kate Upton's famous Youtube video where she dances the "Dougie" at a Los Angeles Clippers game (Youtube)

  • Sports Illustrated, March 2012

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  • Esquire, March 2012

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  • Carl's Junior, February 2012

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  • Beach Bunny 2012

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  • Remix, August 2011

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  • Guess S/S 2011

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  • Victoria Secret Spring 2011

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  • Esquire Mexico, March 2012

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