Kate Upton blew up the Internet doing the Dougie at a Clippers game in 2011—a scene that will never be unseen. But despite the overwhelming embarrassment of the moment, this Michigan-born beauty learned how to make the best of her new-found fame to make herself one of the most in-demand models of the moment.
The world now knows her as the sexy girl on multiple steaming covers of Sports Illustrated. But the beautiful Kate Upton is much more than just risqué bikinis—or lack of them, for that matter.
In honor of her special day, we bring you 10 things you probably didn’t’ know about Kate—from her early days and equestrian, to being rejected by Victoria’s Secret, to her whooping fortune. Click through our photo gallery above to blew your friend’s mind with your infinite Kate Upton knowledge. Happy 26th birthday, beautiful!