Though the (in)famous Victoria’s Secret fashion show was canned in 2019 ‘to evolve the marketing of Victoria’s Secret’, there’s no denying the impact it made on pop culture from 1995 to 2018. The gorgeous glamazons that stormed down the runway in sparkly bras and gravity-defying wings had their careers cemented with that VS Angels stamp. And since then we’ve all been obsessed: how do they get those signature washboard abs, perfectly toned arms and legs?
As well as a healthy dose of good genetics, there’s also a serious workout routine and strict diet behind every one of these Angels. We dive into some of the most iconic models who graced the Victoria’s Secret catwalk and how they maintain their enviable figures.
Though she’s pregnant now, when she was a VS Angel Gigi Hadid’s diet was made up of plenty of protein and lean foods. She always made sure to keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand, with her faves being fresh fruit and carrot sticks with hummus. Gigi’s also a big fan of working out but prefers to ditch the gym in favour of high-intensity boxing classes.
Though her diet and exercise routine are strict, Gigi has famously said ‘Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane’. We’re all for weaving a little soul food into any whole foods diet, because what’s life without a little treat every now and then?
Boasting equally as impressive a body as her sister, Bella prefers to eat more of a balanced diet full of whole foods and plenty of protein. She’s a regular visitor at the bagel shop below her apartment, loving a good egg sandwich on a plain bagel. Green juices and ginger shots keep her energised through her busy schedule, along with plenty of espressos.
When she works out, she likes to go hard. Preferring intense workouts over slower-paced styles like yoga, she’s a big fan of boxing (often sparring with her sister), as well as weights targeting glutes and abs. Bella has said she spends about two hours a day exercising, and upped it to three in the leadup to the VS fashion show. Work hard, play hard is this woman’s motto.
Our Aussie angel Miranda Kerr believes in the popular 80/20 diet, where whole foods make up 80% of her diet and soul foods make up the remaining 20%. Salads, smoothies, chicken and salmon are all staples in Miranda’s diet, as is hot water with fresh lemon, great for keeping you feeling fresh and hydrated. We reckon she’d love our Herb Crusted Salmon, with sweet potato mash and grilled zucchini.
A busy working mum of two, Miranda still manages to fit in regular exercise. Rather than going hard all day every day, she instead opts for a variety of exercises which make up a well-rounded fitness routine. You can find Miranda doing everything from pilates to swimming, which keeps things interesting and helps her enjoy it more.
Emily Ratajkowski takes more of a relaxed approach to her diet and workout routine, preferring to eat light and drink plenty of fresh juice while still enjoying her favourite foods. Her morning generally starts with a coffee and pastry, lunch is a salad or sandwich, and dinner is a social occasion where she catches up with friends. Italian and sushi are among her favourite cuisines to indulge in.
Though she loves being outside and hikes regularly, she’s not a big fan of traditional exercise and doesn’t have a trainer. She does do yoga once a week, however if you’re looking to shed a few kilos, this probably isn’t the best exercise or diet regime for you. Something tells us there’s more than a sprinkling of good genetics at play here with Emily’s fab figure.
Karlie Kloss seems to be living in an endless summer with her countless swimwear shoots year-round. Being paid to be snapped in a bikini 24/7 means she not only needed to be in shape around Victoria’s Secret runway time, but 365 days a year. Due to this, she avoids dairy and packs her diet with whole foods like egg whites, porridge, fresh fruit and yoghurt, as well as protein shakes to up her intake as she’s vegetarian. Karlie loves to indulge in some dark chocolate though, with her favourite brand being Hu Kitchen Dark Chocolate.
Her long, lean figure is the product of some serious SoulCycle and Pilates strength training. Isolating muscle groups and using resistance bands is another focus of Karlie’s workouts to strengthen her arms and legs.
Victoria’s Secret icon Alessandra Ambrosio always carries healthy snacks on her to avoid temptation. Chia seed energy bars, almonds and fresh fruit are some of her faves. In the leadup to the show, she would cut out all carbs and sugar and increase her protein intake, however she told Harper’s Bazaar ‘I could never survive without cheese’. Three months before the big day she would start working out daily, bouncing between pilates, barre, yoga, playing sport and various other forms of exercise to keep things interesting.
A big believer in breakfast, Candice Swanepoel loads up in the morning on whatever she’s craving. It might be a smoothie, eggs or even a grilled cheese sandwich. She prefers to have a big lunch and a small dinner, believing it to reduce any snack cravings and help her body burn off the food during the day. Candice has a trainer who devised special circuits for her that targeted every area of the body, which she usually does a few times a week but upped it to every day in the leadup to the show. Now that she’s a proud mumma, she prefers to do yoga and pilates instead, as she finds it therapeutic.
A Victoria’s Secret alumn, Gisele Bundchen revealed in her book ‘Lessons’ that she survived on a diet of cigarettes, alcohol, cheeseburgers and coffee in her early days of modelling. It’s no secret that’s not a sustainable lifestyle, and Gisele made the switch to a nutritious, plant-based diet for the sake of her mental health.
These days Gisele is a regular intermittent faster, loves morning juices and wholefood laden salads and soups. She’s also a passionate yogi and practises pilates, and does HIIT workouts and boxing for more intense workouts.
Victoria’s Secret’s longest-running model (she graced the runway for 20 years!, Adriana Lima famously opened the 2012 show two months after giving birth. Her diet consists of plenty of fresh veg and fruit (we’re seeing a trend here) as well as smoothies and herbal teas. She’s also big into boxing, circuit training and running, and ensures she always packs a jump rope when travelling to easily sneak some workouts in. For about two months in the leadup to the Victoria’s Secret show, she would train even harder and eat even leaner, trying to cut out her guilty pleasure: sweets.
Two months before the Victoria’s Secret show, Lily Aldridge would switch up her diet to include plenty of protein and vegetables, including favourites like roast chicken and even an indulgent steak every now and then. She’ll also workout twice a day, opting for barre and pilates classes to get her runway ready.
Ready to dine like a Victoria’s Secret Angel? We have our hands on one of Miranda Kerr’s favourite roast chicken dinner recipes (it was even served at her wedding), and it sounds downright delicious. Don’t have the time to prep? Pop our Herb Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce on your next Macros order for a high protein, low cal lunch or dinner.
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