After winning the 2007 Miss SC Teenager USA title, Upton was a finalist in the Miss Teenager USA pageant. She also made an appearance in Cosmo Gal and Seventeen periodicals and competed over the sixteenth period from the Amazing Competition. She increased to popularity at age eighteen, getting the star of the viral YouTube video offering her rambling, non-sensical response to a issue posed by beauty pageant judges. She made an appearance on shows of Humor Central, TLC, and MTV series. After graduating from Lexington SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in SC, she went to Appalachian State School in NEW YORK. She afterwards relocated to LA, California to go after modeling possibilities. She was highlighted in Streams Cuomo’s and Weezer’s 2008 “Pork and Coffee beans” music video.