WHO’S THAT AN­GEL?

Se­crets Of The World’s SEX­I­EST

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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

launch.

In a form-fit­ting Rami Kadi dress at the screen­ing of Man­dela.

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