If Kate Upton had it her way, the video that introduced her to the world would have never been made public.
The now-famous model and actress spoke to Alexa Chung for the June issue of Vogue UK, where she said the 2012 Cat Daddy dance video shot by photographer Terry Richardson was released without her consent.
“Terry Richardson found himself on the receiving end of her wrath in May 2012, when he uploaded his now infamous video of Upton in a teeny-weeny bikini doing the Cat Daddy, a dance craze that appears to involve a lot of grinding, ‘paws’ aloft,” the article reads.
“The video received millions of hits on YouTube — not to mention a number of slow-motion versions for the more discerning customer. But, at the time, Upton was horrified because the behind-the-scenes video had been filmed for fun, not something she expected would make the final cut.”
Upton says she was angry at that time, but now everything is water under the bridge.
“Now, obviously, it’s fine,” she says.
When asked if the photographer feels like he is responsible for sending Upton into stardom, Richardson wouldn’t take credit.
“No, Kate was born a star,” he says.
Upton certainly has made a name for herself since hitting the scene, appearing in many modeling campaigns and commercials and co-starring in 2014’s “The Other Woman” alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.