There is no doubt about it, the 22 year-old American model Kate Upton was the most-talked about model of 2014 as the St. Joseph, Michigan IMG model had the best year yet of her career. Throughout 2014, Upton became the face of several major brands, covered countless covers worldwide monthly, and to close out the year was honored by People Magazine as the Sexiest Woman Alive during their debut award ceremony.

The first ever People Magazine Awards took place in Beverly Hills last week on December 18th. Hosted by Nick Cannon inside the. As the first receipting for Sexiest Woman Alive, Kate had this to say about the meaning of sexy, “This is such an honor to me because sexy to me means someone who’s confident and happy,” Kate told the audience during her acceptance speech. The award was presented to her by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Eric Dane. “There are a lot of reasons why Kate is sexy. Style, career, achievements, sense of humor, personality – oh and did I mention her… looks?” Eric praised the 2008 discovered model.

Kate attended the event wearing a black leather top paired with a large belt and a black leather pencil skirt. Sporting natural color make-up, the 22-year-old model completed her look with gold accessories and matching pumps.

Other models honored during the awards were fellow IMG model Karlie Kloss whom was named, “Model of the Year”. Guests of the award ceremony included high-profile models Amber Rose, Melanie Iglesias, and Nicole Richie.

Kate Upton heads into 2015 as the most-searched model in 2014, revealed by search engine giant Google. Upton beat the likes of Gisele Bundchen (the world’s highest-paid supermodel) and Kendall Jenner (who has the most number of followers in social media — 16.3 Instagram followers and 9.29 Twitter followers).

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