An invite to brunch with Kate Upton isn’t exactly one you turn down, which is why I headed to New York earlier this month to celebrate the launch of fashion’s It girl as the new face of Express Jeans. Despite being the brand’s first celebrity face in over a decade, the model’s connection with the brand is decidedly homegrown, having shopped it for years as a teen in Michigan. I learned a few things about Upton at the event, but have retained little more than a) she’s the walking talking personification of “real girl beauty” b) her curves are real! (she wears a size 6-8) c) she’s hella charming, funny and self-deprecating. Well, what else is there, really?