WHO’S THAT ANGEL?
Secrets Of The World’s SEXIEST
We’ve all thought it: is it even hard work to be a model? It’s just a simple lap or two of a runway, right? Think again. Seriously, these girls could win Olympic gold. Well, so says Justin Gelband, the New York-based personal trainer to the likes of Shanina Shaik, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge as well as Behati Prinsloo. “Becoming fit isn’t an overnight creation,” says Gelband as we meet him in ModelFit gym in NYC. “None of these girls were born supermodels; they earned this title by all the hard work and dedication they have put into their craft,” he says. “There is a lot of hard work that goes into being a high-profile model and then even more into becoming a supermodel. Because being born naturally fit doesn’t exist. These models have had to really work to earn their titles and work extremely hard in an over-capacitated, competitive career where only a unique percentage succeed – just like a professional athlete.” So how do these beauties actually do it? Gelband says it’s all about a balanced mix of core strength, movement, motion and balance exercises. Read on, ladies.
Train Like An Angel
Last month was the second time Shaik, 23, walked the Victoria’s Secret runway. “I train three to four times a week,” she explains. “As we got closer to the show, I was in the gym almost every day and had a day or two to rest my body. If I was really feeling energised, I sometimes would fit in two sessions in one day.” Shaik started modelling when she was eight for Myer. “It was my dream to walk in the VS show,” she says. “I used to watch them and my mum had the VS catalogue at home. The women are just beautiful and strong.” Shaik booked her first job with the lingerie brand when
she was only 20. She’s also an ambassador for Just Jeans and was hand-picked by Karl Lagerfeld to walk for Chanel. So what gets Shaik to the gym? “I have a goal to achieve with my body, it keeps me motivated. And Beyoncé makes my workout easier,” she laughs.
It’s All About Eating Right
Gelband explains it’s a mix of eating well and exercise to get that desired VS body. “I started training the Victoria’s Secret models in 2006. Angela Lindvall was my first really well-known model I trained for the show, and then Miranda Kerr. I have trained six or more girls in each show since 2007!” he says. “My method is all based on applied functional science and nutrition. I believe 85 per cent of what you do is what you eat. When it comes to doing exercise, I focus on things like balance, stability, core strength, movement and motion so they learn how to use their body well. I then train with a style of boxing mixed with Pilates and yoga stretches.” Shaik agrees that a protein-heavy diet keeps her in shape. “Eating the right foods make a huge impact,” she says. “I’m a meat eater, so I eat a lot of chicken, fish and red meat. And limit alcohol!”
Shanina flaunts that gorgeous body on the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
2014 in London.
Working a sleek black number on the red carpet.
Dressed as Princess Jasmine at Heidi Klum’s 13th Annual Halloween Party.
Shaik stuns in white at the J.Lo album
In a form-fitting Rami Kadi dress at the screening of Mandela.