10 most depressing things models have said about training for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Being an elite Victoria's Secret Angel comes at a price. And that price is sugar, alcohol, dairy and your social life.
Adriana’s now-famous 2011 interview with Grazia detailed just how much it took to lose her baby weight (50 pounds) two months before walking in the annual show. She had given birth to her first child in September and by December, she was back in her wings – six pack and all. How’d she do it?
She worked out twice a day, drank a gallon of water every day and for nine days before the show, she drank only protein shakes. For two days before the show, she decreased her intake to prevent water retention and from 12 hours before the show, she fasts entirely.
With only three months to lose her baby weight in 2008, Alessandra described the process as something she could never do again.
“I was on this 1200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I couldn’t do that again. It’s so stressful before the Victoria’s Secret show. There’s so much pressure on us all — not just in terms of shape — and the energy gets sucked out of you. So my favourite thing to do afterwards is dance all night long. We’ll have a pizza party and drink, but I don’t even care that much about the food. It’s about being young, normal and carefree again.”
Erin said she stopped working with the brand in 2013 after four years because of the pressure to lose weight. "My last two Victoria's Secret shows, I was told I had to lose weight," she tells TIME magazine's Motto, "I look back like, 'Really?' I was really depressed because I was working so hard and I felt like my body was resisting me. And I got to a point where one night I got home from a workout and I remember staring at my food and thinking maybe I should just not eat."
In a video for Vogue, veteran Angel Lily detailed her day on a plate and gave insight into her workout regime – which includes daily yoga, pilates, ballet (with weights), spinning and boxing. Meals included a protein smoothie for breakfast, fresh fish with vegetables and almonds as snacks.
For her VS debut in December, Gigi was "working out like crazy" including boxing and ballet sessions up to three times a day.
Pre-show, Martha uses a "torture device" pilates machine to get her toned. "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!"
In 2009, Heidi stormed the runway just five weeks after giving birth - a Victoria's Secret record. She described herself as the "heaviest of the bunch" and still wanted to shed 20 more pounds.
"There's no master plan, but I have a trainer in L.A. who comes to my house," she said at the time.
"She's helping me so I don't overdo it. I've been walking on the treadmill. Walking up and down the driveway. She has a medicine ball so she showed me things on there. You can't do too much too early."
Jasmine said she's naturally very slim so stocks up on carbs for strength. "Also, I'll eat a lot of pasta, because I'm naturally on the smaller side so I try to eat a lot, gain a little muscle," she told Elle.com.
Carbs coupled with daily hour and a half long workouts complete the package.
Rosie Huntington Whiteley
"Recently, I decided to try a diet plan by a doctor called Dr. Nigma Talib, and she is actually a naturopath, and she believes that good skin and well being starts with the gut," she told InStyle. "And so she said to me, 'If you want to get on my plan, you have to cut out sugar, dairy, gluten, and alcohol.'
"And I'm not gonna lie, it's been brutal. It's been a really big challenge. It took a couple of weeks to kind of get into it."
Gisele might have hung up her wings, but the world's wealthiest supermodel's chef recently revealed what it takes to look like Gisele. What's banned?
White sugar, white flour, MSG, coffee, caffeine, fungus, olive oil, iodized salt. Nightshade vegetables are also a big no-no" because they’re not anti-inflammatory."
"So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation."