Kate Upton explains cross tattoo on her finger

Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Aug. 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM  |  Updated Aug. 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM   |   Comments

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Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Kate Upton opened up about being a proud christian during an interview for the September issue of Elle.

The 21-year-old cover girl told the magazine that she had gotten a tattoo of a cross on the inside of her finger so that she could always show her devotion to God.

She explained that expressing her christian values was not always easy in a profession like hers.

"I was at a photo shoot, and I was wearing a cross necklace that my mom bought me, and somebody made a joke like 'Why are you wearing a cross?'" Upton told Elle.

"And then they took [my necklace] away," she added. "I was really affected by that. The whole thing made me realize that I do want [a cross] with me, at all times."

In the same interview, the blonde beauty confessed that she "felt terrible about [herself] for a solid month" following the release of her first Sports Illustrated cover because people started treating her like a toy.

"I'm a human. I'm not here to be used," she said. "I am a grown woman, and you need to figure your [expletive] out."

ELLE's issue featuring Upton will hit newsstands on August 20.

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