Kate Upton :: Derek Kettela/SI
Since her first SI Swimsuit appearance in 2011, Kate Upton's career has been on a sharp upward trajectory. She landed on the swimsuit cover the following year and in February became the first back-to-back SI Swimsuit cover girl since Tyra Banks (1996-97). Since then, Upton has appeared on the cover of Vogue (something that seemed highly unlikely a year ago), joined Gisele and Kate Moss as a David Yurman model and been a pop culture magnet, frolicking with Cameron Diaz, golfing with Arnold Palmer and even been asked to the prom.
So it should be no surprise that she will be presented with the Model of the Year Ward at the 10th Annual Style Awards on Sept. 4 in New York City. The event, which will kick off Fashion Week, will be hosted by Nicole Richie. We said earlier that 2013 has been the Summer of Kate and this award proves it. Here's a photo gallery to celebrate the newly crowned model of the year.