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  • kids. It’s partly because I work out, whereas before I didn’t, but also to do with the shape – it just looks more formed now and I feel better about it than I did. Not that it was easy getting back into shape post-pregnancy: after having Anja I only had three months to lose all the weight [before doing the 2008 Victoria’s Secret show] and I was on this 1200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I couldn’t do that again.”

    DANCING IS THE BEST TONIC
    “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 favorite thing to do afterwards is dance all night long. Yes, we’ll have

    “I used to be 100% COMFORTABLE on lingerie shoots. Then I had a CHILD, and it felt a bit WEIRDER”

    week and reminds me of the ballet classes I did for eight years as a kid. If I’m traveling, I’ll FaceTime my favorite yoga teacher, Louise Luz [in Florianopolis, Brazil], and sometimes do a whole 90-minute virtual class with her.”

    BECOMING A MOTHER CHANGED MY ATTITUDE
    “I used to be 100% comfortable on lingerie shoots – then I had a child, and it was more of a mental shift than anything else. Somehow it felt a bit weirder to be in lingerie once I was a mum. Although I did that cover for Maxim last year [naked but for a strategically placed newspaper], you don’t see anything. When my daughter saw it, she asked, ‘Mummy, why do you have no clothes on?’ And I said, ‘Mummy actually has a G-string on – it’s just so small you can’t see it.’”

    MY BODY IS BETTER NOW THAN BEFORE I HAD KIDS
    “Your body will never go back to exactly what it was before pregnancy, whatever people tell you. It can’t. But I think I have a better body now than before I had

    Jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim; swimsuit by Prism; sunglasses by Illesteva

                                
    credits

    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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