For a model, getting asked to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show is like being asked to be the Super Bowl of modeling. Not surprisingly, the top models asked to walk in the show, everyone from Adriana Lima to Erin Heatherton, prepare for months and months. It isn’t easy strutting your stuff in lingerie in front of millions!
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We headed backstage at the annual fashion show which taped last night (but doesn’t air on TV until December) to get the dish on how the Angels exercise and diet before the big show.
From the workout machine that Victoria’s Secret newbie Martha Hunt calls “torture” to Elsa Husk‘s juicing strategy, it truly doesn’t sound easy to be an Angel. That is, of course, unless you’re Jourdan Dunn, who shared with us that she doesn’t work out at all. Must be nice.
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See below for their diet and exercise secrets:
"Everything starts with nutrition and what you eat," longtime Angel Adriana Lima told us. "I really watch my portions, and work out when I can—it is definitely hard with work and my two kids." As for her preferred exercises? "Boxing and jumping rope!"
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"I played sports growing up so I am very athletic and I have an athletic body type. For the show, you really want to look long and lean," Erin Heatherton shared. "I think the best thing is yoga and pilates and I also do Ballet Beautiful as well, plus lots of band work. I do incline walking instead of running…just make sure you're using your butt and not your thighs because you don't want to make that big!"
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"I definitely drink more green juices. It's a lot of fun to make juices and I also drink lots of warm water in the morning with ginger, cayenne and lemon juice. It's a great way to clean your system right away...Just drink lots of juice and get lots of sleep. Oh, and no desserts before the show!" As for what Hosk ate in the morning before the show she shared, "Eight eggs!"
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Not all of the Angels go the extra workout mile before the show. British beauty Jourdan Dunn told us: "I don’t really do anything [to prepare], I'm really bad, I'm probably the worst. Cara [Delevingne] and I do nothing. We were saying maybe we should sneak in some McDonald’s and KFC and eat it front of the girl’s—but then we thought they might come after us or something."
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"Generally I work out a lot anyway. I've been working with Victoria’s Secret for the past year so it has already been really important to me to take care of myself and eat really healthy, but I've not been taking the weekends off and I've been eating lots of protein and vegetables. I’ll definitely not be eating protein and vegetables tomorrow!"
As for her exercise regime she shared: "I've been using a Megaformer—it is like the pilates reformer with a carriage in between two platforms and you change the springs for restistance—so you have to resist these pullys to strengthen your body. It is basically a torture machine!"