This Is What It's Like To Live Like A Victoria's Secret Model For A Week
No sugar. No carbs. No booze...
Famed for showcasing the world's sexiest supermodels, the Victoria’s Secrets shows are kinda a big deal. Whether you’re ‘into’ fashion or not, chances are you’ve heard of the Angels – the practically perfect supermodels that unsurprisingly cause quite a storm when they flounce down the runway nearly-naked, save for some risqué lingerie and heels. Men want them, and women want to be them (and hey, maybe women want them too.)
Though the world won’t go VS crazy until the show in December, the Angels have been busy perfecting their poise for months already. And who can blame them: if you had to prance down a runway with just a skimpy bit of lace and fake tan to protect your modesty, you’d be making damn sure you looked your best too.
So, how exactly does a Victoria’s Secrets model prep her wings in the run up to the big show? We checked out some of the health regimes the girls swear by for a week:
Day 1: Gisele Bundchen: No white sugar, no white flour, no tomatoes… and more.
Who better to start our regime than the world’s highest paid supermodel. So, what does Gisele Bundchen eat to keep her figure? Well, we’ll tell you what she and handsome hubby Tom Brady certainly don’t eat: a lot. No white sugar, white flour, MSG, coffee, caffeine, fungus, olive oil and iodized salt are amongst the many no-no’s Gisele’s chef has banned from her diet. What about those good old-fashioned veggies, they’re healthy, right? Yes…. But also no. Giselle’s strict diet means she doesn’t eat any tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Because they can cause inflammation, obvs.
We tried it: We didn't make it past breakfast.
Our verdict: As much as we’d love to be able to retire at 34 with 1 billion under our belts, looking that beautiful comes at a price. And personally, we’d rather eat the cake.
Day 2: Gigi Hadid: Work-out three times a day
Yes, you read that correctly. That’s 3 times a day. No typos here.
For her VS debut last December, Gigi claimed she was “working out like crazy” doing a combination of exercises including boxing and ballet sessions up to 3 times a day.
We tried it: And we did it! Well, we went to the gym after work. And we walked up the stairs instead of taking the lift in the office, twice…
Our verdict: Exercising 3 times a day = hard.
There is no feeling in the world like walking down this runway. I'm elated to say I'll be returning to the @VictoriasSecret Fashion Show this year. Thank you @ed_razek for putting on the show that has been one of my greatest motivators since I was a teenage fan of the Angels, and for making this dream come true for me again. It will forever be an honor. Can't wait to join the surreally beautiful and inspiring women that are the #vsfs2016 lineup. See you in Paris ❤️❤️😇👠‼️
Day 3: Jasmine Tookes: eat carbs for strength
Finally, a girl after our own hearts. Pasta-lovers rejoice, because turns out some supermodels do actually eat carbs. And by some, we mean Jasmine Tookes, named one of the highest earning models in 2016 by Forbes. In an interview with Elle.com, Jasmine explained she eats “a lot of pasta, because I'm naturally on the smaller side so I try to eat a lot, gain a little muscle”. Jasmine couples this with daily hour and a half workouts to keep her figure on form.
We tried it: and obviously loved it (the carbs, not the workout).
Our verdict: yes to carbs.
Day 4: Miranda Kerr: Daily Yoga sessions
In an interview with Body and Soul Australia, Miranda Kerr explained that practicing “a mixture of hatha and kundalini yoga” for 15 years has been one of the health rituals that has helped maintain her shape.
We tried it: the 30-day yoga challenge on YouTube certainly came in handy for this one. Our verdict: Yoga is actually a fairly easy workout to fit into your day. Thumbs up on this one.
Day 5: Rosie Huntington-Whitely: Say bye-bye to booze…
You might think eating a healthy diet is a piece of cake and maybe you’re already used to working out every day, but could you give up those boozy nights out? That’s exactly what lingerie superstar Rosie HW does daily. Amongst her list of tasty taboos is dairy, gluten and sugar – so pretty much all the good stuff.
We tried it: it was okay during the week, but a big no-no for the weekends.
Our verdict: sorry Rosie, but you’re on your own for this one.
Day 6: Alessandra Ambrosio: stick to 1200 calories a day
Cutting your daily intake to just 1200 calories a day might seem like a big commitment, but it worked for Alessandro Ambrosio. The supermodel lost all her baby weight in just 3 months in the run up to the VS annual show in 2008 – a process that she described as something she could never do again. According to Eating Well magazine, a 1200 calories a day diet is the lowest calorie-intake you can go on to still consume nutrients, so we decided to give it a go.
We tried it: and we realised that 1200 calories a day isn’t enough to include all our snack-breaks.
Our verdict: great if you're not a snackasaurus
Day 7: Adriana Lima: Fast for 12 hours before you make your big appearance
Yep, you heard us right. It’s time to take this routine back to good old-fashioned fasting, as described by Adriana Lima in a famous 2011 interview with Grazia. The supermodel had given birth to her first child in September and by December she was back on the runway, rock-hard abs and all. The extreme routine that got her there? Working out twice a day and drinking a gallon of water every day. Then 9 days before the show, drinking only protein shakes. Then two days before the show, Adriana described how she decreased her intake to prevent water retention and from 12 hours before the show, she fasts entirely. That means eating nothing. Not a sausage.
We tried it: and we managed to fast for two hours. Then someone at work announced they were doing a bake sale, and it all went downhill from there. (But it was for charity, so it doesn’t count, right? Right?!)
Our verdict: Don’t try this in the office.