How Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima got the body of an angel

1281119b3b2afd72ebfb0fb2be4c8ce3

Last month, Brazilian beauty Adriana Lima opened the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which airs on December 4th, eight weeks after giving birth to her second child.

Here, she opens up to Metro about the ‘nightmare’ gym sessions, sparring herself into shape and how she celebrated getting into the skimpy lingerie with a cupcake — just one.
 

Q: It seems like hell getting ready for the show. How do you girls cope with the pressure?

A: “One thing I need to get straight- I’ve never felt pressure from either Victoria’s Secret or my agency. No one pressured me to get ready for the show this fast. It’s a decision I made on my own. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done because you’re dealing with nature. You do what you need to do to get ready but after having a baby you really don’t know how your body is going to react.”
 

Q: Sounds stressful. How did you react on the big day? Did you down shots of vodka backstage? 

A: “I get nervous before every single show. I thought that feeling would go away but it never did. Plus this year I was opening the show, which is a big responsibility as everybody kind of follows your mood. But every girl has a different way of expressing her nervousness. I don’t like talking so I just listen to music- anything by Eminem, Rihanna, Kings of Leon, “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin, and “Heartbeats” by The Knife.” 

Q: Did getting ready for the show give you nightmares? Did you dream you were being attacked by giant candy bars?

A: “No! It was more during the day, when I had to go to the gym- that was my nightmare! Don’t get me wrong, I really love exercise…but it’s not easy.
The actual workout- it’s tough you know. You need a lot of determination in order to do it every single day. Every minute of every workout counts and this year, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it or not.”

Q: Models Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn (both in the Victoria’s Secret show with Adriana) reportedly ate pizza and KFC hours before the show. Would you want to scream if they ate in front of you, or join them?

A: “Ha! I’m a little bit older than them. But regardless of age, I’m really aware of the fact that you are what you eat.”

Q: Are you saying they’re going to turn into a giant pizza or a chicken wing?

A: “Maybe not right now but they’re going to see the results in the future, when they get old. It depends what they eat but they may have problems with cholesterol or diabetes, I don’t know. I just like to eat healthy. I have two children and I’m concerned about their health. I’m their example. I don’t want my three year old asking me “mama, I want chocolate for lunch.” Cake is festive, it’s not something you should eat everyday.” 

Q: What’s the first thing you did when the show ended? Run backstage, take off that lingerie and demolish a cheeseburger?

A: “No! But I did have a cupcake. Once in a while, I do eat these things you know. I just don’t do it every day. Even now that the show is over, I’m still working out and eating healthy. It’s my job.” 
 

Q: There are a lot of rumors out there that you Victoria’s Secret models literally starve yourselves in order to get ready for the show. You also shared sweaty pictures of yourself on Twitter to show how hard you were working out. How did you really go about it?

A: “I’d just had a baby so I had to do everything in a healthy way in order to best take care of myself and my body. I never do things on my own — I have a nutritionist and a personal trainer. I don’t want to have any problems. I know people see us on the runway and working out- but I don’t want them to think that we don’t eat. I don’t starve myself. I don’t do that. I love food, but I do watch what I eat.”

Q: So what kinds of workouts did you focus on? What foods did you eat?

A: “I was boxing — sparring, doing a little bit of rope and lots of abdominal and core work. I sometimes went running in the morning but that’s pretty much it. As for my diet, I was eating three ounces of protein, three times a day with plenty of steamed green vegetables and drinking lots of water.”  


Q: What’s more painful- getting ready for the show or giving birth?

A: “I enjoyed every second of both. When you make your own choices and you’re not forced to do things, nothing is painful. Being a mother is amazing and there are no words to describe that but also, the Victoria’s Secret Show…I mean every girl in the world would love to be an Angel.”


Q: At the end of the day… is all the pain of the workouts and the dieting worth it?

A: “Of course. I do things that I love and I do them from my heart- you understand?”

The Victoria Secret show is airing on CBS on December 4th 2012 at 10 PM EST / PST.
 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.