Posing on the cover of the Self magazine’s June 2014 issue, Alessandra Ambrossio opens up about her body and what’s really important to her in life.
The Brazilian-born supermodel admitted that she did not start working out until after giving birth to her first child.
“When I started with Victoria’s Secret at 21, I never worked out,” Ambrosio revealed. “Then when I got pregnant with my daughter, I gained about 60 pounds and had to walk the Victoria’s Secret show three months later,” she recalled. “That was the first time I had to really fight to get my body back into shape.”
Ambrosio shares the most important assest when it comes to being in a bikini.
“When you’re in a bikini, your abs are the most important,” the mom of two said. “I like doing bridges, and I’ll also finish a workout with 100 bicycle crunches.”
One area she doesn’t have to concentrate on is her arms!
“I don’t really do much for my arms; throwing my kids in the air helps already. Plus, as a Brazilian, I know the last thing a man is going to look at — even after your feet — is your arms!” she joked.
Despite being know for her amazing body, Ambrosio insists there’s more to life than looking good.
“Having a perfect body isn’t everything,” the model admitted. “I want my daughter to be nice, have a good education and be disciplined. That’s what makes people like her. A perfect butt doesn’t make an amazing person. It’s about feeling confident.”
Ambrosio and her fiance Jamie Mazur are parents to 5-year-old daughter Anja and 2-year-old son Noah.
Self‘s June 2014 issue hits newsstands on May 27.