Kate Upton fears that the ideal woman some designers create for “doesn’t actually exist”.

The American model has flown the flag for curvaceous women in 2012, making the prestigious cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She has now moved into the realm of high fashion and graces the cover of January’s British Vogue. Although she won’t be drawn on questions about models who appear too thin, the star was happy to talk about sample sizes – which she, as a UK size 12, can’t fit in.

“I’m sure every designer has a certain person in mind who they would ideally like to wear their clothes, but the problem is that a lot of the time that person doesn’t actually exist, unless she is a 15-year-old model,” Kate told British Vogue magazine.

“I don’t really have a personal opinion on whether they should change the sizes of samples or not, but I do think it’s a topic that should be looked at, and I do think there won’t be many women buying those clothes, if, size-wise, they don’t seem realistic.”

Kate didn’t set out to be a role model but her voluptuous figure and dedication to retaining her curves mean she has been touted as one.

She has no problem with that and hopes to show young girls the importance of eating healthily and accepting flaws.

She was scouted when she was 12 and hadn’t even considered a fashion career. After looking into modelling and deciding it was right for her, she signed to an agency three years later.

Now 20, Kate is thrilled with how things have turned out for her.

“My dream was always to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I grew up with that magazine, it was always at home. But now that I’ve done that, I’m really enjoying finding out more about the fashion industry. I’m not sure what my next goal is, but it’s a fun journey,” she gushed. – COVER MEDIA