We've had a sneaking suspicion for some time now, but finally we've had it confirmed: Being a Victoria's Secret model ain't as easy as it looks. (Phew, right?) In an interview with Net-a-Porter's The Edit, VS model Sara Sampaio said: “When I started modelling, I didn’t know anything about fashion, but I’d watched the Victoria’s Secret show. Now it’s the highlight of my year, but I never realised it would be so much work and how tough it is to stay in your best shape. It’s not as glam as it looks!”
At least we now have it in actual writing that it really is pretty tough to stay in shape like a VS model.
Keep scrolling to find out how Sampaio gets in shape.
While Sampaio admits that it takes a lot to look like her, she still says that she has hang-ups—"I’m like every other girl, there are things I wish I could change about my body, but I try not to think about them too much."
However, she wanted to also point out how she doesn’t even look like that in real life (again, PHEW), and that it’s all just down to clever lighting and decent makeup. “People need to realise that models get [professional] hair and makeup, incredible lighting, and we know how to pose. I’ve been doing this job for almost 10 years, so I know how my body looks good from different angles. But I don’t look like that in real life.”
Speaking to Vogue Australia in March last year she spoke about how she worked with a nutritionist to get into shape: "I cut out all carbs and sugars, all the good stuff. It was very, very hard. The results were incredible but mentally I was a wreck."
Two other Victoria’s Secret models, Josephine Skriver andJasmine Tookes, set up their own Instagram fitness account @joja to document how they stay in shape, including doing a lot of weights, squats and pilates.
Also, Kendall Jenner admitted that before she walked for the VS show she "worked out so hard for that, like, literally every single day—sometimes twice. I'd go to my trainer, then I'd go for a run a couple hours later."
Seeing as we don't physically have enough hours in the day to do that kind of workout (although full props to those who can), does that mean we can stop beating ourselves up about not going to the gym last night?
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