Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima says being a Victoria’s Secret Angel is the “highlight of my life” (maybe she forgot that she is married and has a 2-year-old daughter?). Nevertheless, the 30-year-old has opened up about what it really takes to look runway ready for the largest fashion show in the world where scantly-dressed models show off Victoria’s Secrets latest lingerie–and believe us, her exercise routine may be acceptable, but her diet is shocking.
Lima recently told the Telegraph that she has been working out every day with a personal trainer since August, and twice a day for the last three weeks.
It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity: I jump rope, I do boxing, I lift weights, but I get bored doing that. If I am not moving I get bored very easily.
That’s all fine. But then the Telegraph goes on to describe her diet:
She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg.
What? No solid foods during this so-called “training period”? What exactly is she “training” for? Last I checked, models were not athletes in training.
And as if that’s not bad enough, here’s the kicker: Twelve hours before the show she will stop drinking entirely.
“No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” Lima said.
Ugh. Yes, let’s stop drinking water–the substance that our bodies need the most–just so we can walk down a runway all dried out.
Sophia Neophitou, the British fashion editor who is chief stylist for this year’s show adds another point of stupidity to this logic:
It’s like they’re training for a marathon. Adriana works really hard at it. It’s the same as if you were a long-distance runner. They are athletes in this environment – it’s harder to be a Victoria’s Secret model because no one can just chuck an outfit on you, and hide your lumps and bumps.
Wow! There’s the “training” reference again. As a marathon runner myself, it’s pretty insulting that this woman (who can’t possibly be an athlete based on her ignorance) compares getting ready for a Victoria’s Secret runway to training for a marathon. These models are not athletes. They have no idea what it’s like to train for and complete a 26.2 mile run. It’s one of the hardest, most grueling, physically and mentally challenging things out there. Marathoners earn respect because of what their bodies do; not how they look. That’s the difference. Plus, we would never do something so dumb as abstaining from water.