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Even Victoria's Secret Angels suffer from low self esteem, says Sara Sampaio

Published 03/07/2015 | 11:48

Sara Sampaio (23) Nationality: Portuguese Need to know: The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's 'Rookie of the Year'
Sara Sampaio (23) Nationality: Portuguese Need to know: The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's 'Rookie of the Year'
Swimsuit models Sara Sampaio and Emily Ratajkowski attend the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Takes Over The Schermerhorn Symphony Center event

Sara Sampaio understands it can be hard to look in the mirror.

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No one would imagine the Victoria’s Secret model has body confidence issues, especially as she’s posed completely nude in several high-fashion shoots. However, even the stunning 23-year-old has faced periods of low self-esteem.

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“I used to not have any confidence when it came to my body - I developed very late in terms of being a girl!” she admitted to

“It’s very important to feel good, but I know it’s hard sometimes to look in the mirror. I think it’s important to try to find the positives. Then, look at the things that you don’t like and see if you can change them or not.”

Sara encourages going to the gym if there are certain body parts you want to improve but ultimately hopes girls can just be the “best version” of themselves and accept their bodies.

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And that empowering attitude also infects her work with Victoria’s Secret, where she says the models have a “camaraderie” between them and don’t get jealous of each other.

Being in the fashion industry has also helped Sara work out how she can make the most of what she’s got on shoots.

“Always pop your butt out! It gives you a nice arc on your back. I don’t have a lot of curves and I’m very skinny, so I always feel like I have to fake my curves a little bit,” she explained.

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“I tend to curve my back or pop my hip on the side. I always like to turn a little bit profile, and if you put one of your knees in, it also gives the illusion of more curves. There are a lot of tricks - you learn on the job sometimes.”

Sara can also pass those tips along to Gigi Hadid, who has just revealed her first campaign for Victoria’s Secret’s Pink line.

In the ads, she poses in a lacy fuchsia lingerie set alongside Rachel Hilbert in blue.

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