Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio dish beauty secrets, fave foods and more.
- PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com
Probably for the first time ever, the Victoria's Secret store in New York City's Soho was clogged with more men than women this past Saturday. They didn't seem to mind surrounded by bras and panties. Their eyes were trying to catch some real-life angels!
Three gorgeous, leggy Victoria's Secret models- Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Candice Swanepoel made an in-store appearance to launch Victoria's Secret latest fragrance, Heavenly Flowers, a limited edition fragrance ($20 - $49, victoriassecret.com). They signed autographs, made videos and chatted with fans.
After arriving early and finding controlled madness- one cordoned line of photographers and another one for fans who wanted autographs- shoppers picking up items, I patiently waited; watched two separate photo shoots and finally met with Alessandra and Miranda. Unfortunately, due to video taping activities, I didn't have the chance to meet Candice.
Tyra Banks once told Hello! magazine that Alessandra Ambrosio was "the future of the modeling world." In addition to being a Victoria's Secret Angel, she was the firsts spokesmodel for the PINK line, and has modeled for designers like Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Alessandra is also the national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In person, she has a ready smile and a warm, welcoming personality.
Alessandra is based in New York City and Los Angeles. "This week, I've been traveling for four days!" She laughs, "So, I've been here, LA and Miami. And then I'm going to Europe."
She's been modeling since she was 15: "I always wanted to be a model. I knew it was going to be hard, but I think you always have to believe in yourself. There were a lot of no's; a lot of things you had to do to be where we are today. It's not easy. It's not like I started last year and here we are! But it's always worth it."
Alessandra loves modeling and looks at it as art. "My favorite thing about modeling I think is taking a good picture, taking a picture that you know it's going to last forever, and it's going to be a classic picture; that's what I love. When I go into a Victoria's Secret store and I see pictures that I took maybe five to seven, eight years ago … it's kinda amazing that they're still using it!"
At 5 foot, 10 inches and 112 pounds, in person, Alessandra looks fabulous and healthy. She does have one weakness. "Chips! Salt and Vinegar chips!" She continues, "I can't stop eating them, especially since you can find them in any airport now. That's what I do all day."
Okay, but how does she stay so thin? I asked her to share a fitness tip with us, and Alessandra replied, "To get your body ready for the summer, I would do the Brazilian Butt Lift class with my trainer Leandro Carvalho. Because he started all that and it gets your body ready in less than a month."
Models wade through beauty products day and night, after awhile; they must find a favorite product or two. When asked what Alessandra's favorite beauty product was, she replied, "I love Beach Sexy by Victoria's Secret -Daily Glow Gradual Tan Moisturizer SPF 15 ($12, victoriassecret.com) because it has SPF and yet you're building up a tan slowly. I just love that!"
Maybe that's how she got that golden glow!
Aussie Miranda Kerr, with her dimples and big brown eyes is not only a Victoria's Secret Angel, she's actively involved in charities- Wildlife Warriors Worldwide founded by Steve and Terri Irwin, and Children International. Even though Miranda won a modeling contest when she was 13, she planned to study nutrition in college. The next year, Miranda started to actively model, but, "I didn't really get involved into modeling seriously until 5 years ago when I was 22. I just turned 27!" Looking at her, you'd never guess that she was three years away from 30; take away the dress, have her put on a t-shirt and jeans and you'd swear she should be sitting in homeroom, somewhere in the US. But a very leggy 5 foot, 9 inch and very sexy high schooler!
So models supposedly know all the tricks to lose weight quickly, right? When asked if Miranda had any tips on how to lose five pounds in a week, she replied, "I don't really think that's that a healthy way to lose weight too quickly. I think it's all about eating consistently healthy and I follow the plan of eating 80 percent healthy and 20 percent indulgence. Because I believe that if you deprive yourself, then you want it even more. So, if you're looking to lose five pounds in one week quickly, then I'm sure you'll just put it back on. It's not about being 'thin thin,' it's about looking after your body and maintaining your health on a consistent basis."
Well Miranda's skin is glowing, her hair is shiny and she just oozes good health, so what is her secret anyway? "I follow the eat for your blood type plan (Eat Right 4 Your Type by Peter D'Adamo) which boosts the metabolism; for me it really works. With my energy levels, how I'm feeling and you know I'm very aware of what I eat and how that makes my body feel. And I would be doing exactly the same even if I wasn't in this industry. Because when get down to it, it's all about feeding your body with the right nutrients. It's not about counting calories. Like, I eat an avocado a day, at least half an avocado a day."
But aren't avocados considered to be "good fat?" Miranda replies, "Yes, it's good fat, but most people are under the impression that fat is fat, but to me there's good fat and there's bad fat." Okay, but do you have a favorite pig out food? Miranda coyly told us with a smile, "Depends upon my mood."
Victoria's Secret Models and Angels are positively engulfed with sexy little things, what makes Miranda feel sexy? "If I want to feel sexy, like the other night on my birthday (Tuesday, April 20), I wore the Miraculous Push-up ($58, victoriassecret.com) because it really enhances your cleavage by two cup sizes, so it made me feel feminine and womanly, and it was my birthday so it was nice."
So what is Miranda's very favorite beauty product? "Probably the Beauty Rush Lip Gloss ($7, victoriassecret.com). There are so many colors, and they're so easy to throw in your bag and a little bit of lip gloss goes a long way!"
Looking at Miranda's glowing skin, I just had to ask if she had a specific skin care regimen. "Yes, I have my own skin care line Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr. It's all organic and we're in the process of being certified by ECOCERT. Which is really a stringent process we have to go through, but all of our products are made in accordance with ECOCERT."
And since she was opening up, I had one last question, please share a fitness tip, we could use one from this brainy beauty! "I believe that yoga really elongates the body and it's great for balancing the mind and the body. For me, it's all about yoga. It also creates core strength which is very important."
So there you have it, secrets revealed. We need to believe in ourselves, eat healthy with an occasional indulgence -- like salt and vinegar chips -- exercise regularly, wear things that make us feel good and if we think we're sexy, then we are!
PJ Gach is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.
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