Model Behavior is a series highlighting fashion models promoting body positivity, and working to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.
This year, Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue continues to promote inclusivity within its pages, featuring 63-year-old supermodel Christie Brinkley and her daughters, body-positive model Ashley Graham, and cover model Kate Upton, among others.
"Thank you ... for inviting me to be part of an issue that features and celebrates beauty and confidence in every shape and size," Upton writes.
Later, E! caught up with Upton about her message for other young women:
In her interview Upton talked all about what it means to love yourself and your body, and to create a happy, healthy lifestyle that makes sense for you. Here are just a few of our favorite moments from the above video:
"Something that's very important for me to tell young girls is, you know, you don't have to aim to be like me, but aim to be like yourself."
"What makes us different is what makes us, us."
"We trained completely different with weights. And it was all about being strong, and being strong for my lifestyle, not for fitting in a certain dress size, and finding my perfect body for myself. Perfect meaning not actually perfect, but perfect that I can actually keep up with it."
"It's always just the beginning. You always want to inspire people in a positive way."
Her messages of self-love are ones we could all do with hearing more often.