Alessan­dra Ambrosio: ‘If I Want A Piece Of Cake, I’ll Have Some’

Daily work­outs, two kids and a mod­el­ling ca­reer that’s lasted over two decades – Beauty Ed­i­tor Sam Freed­man gets the scoop on how Alessan­dra Ambrosio does it all…

Look (UK) - - CONTENTS - Alessan­dra Ambrosio is the face of L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel DIA Richesse Hi-vis­i­bil­ity sa­lon hair colour

I’ve stud­ied Alessan­dra Ambrosio from head to toe. No, not in a weird, stalker way, but in a #Wo­man­crush­wednes­day kind of way – we all have, right?! Her bod is to die for, her skin al­ways looks flaw­less and her hair looks su­per-sexy pretty much all the time. So when the 35-year-old was an­nounced as L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s new brand am­bas­sador for its DIA Richesse Hi-vis­i­bil­ity sa­lon hair colour, I was the first to book in for an in­ter­view.

I trav­elled to meet the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret leg­end – she’s walked as a VS An­gel for 11 years – in Paris. Wear­ing a tas­sel leather skirt, satin white blouse and killer black heels, she was host­ing the launch of L’oréal’s new hair app Style My Hair in a pent­house suite at the very swanky Le Meurice Ho­tel. I sat down to chat to the mother of two, model since the age of 12 and fash­ion de­signer (she’s got her own swimwear line Ále by Aes­san­dra) – yep, we know, she’s pretty much Su­per­woman! The most im­por­tant ques­tion… how do you do it all? I guess I just love what I do. I love be­ing a model, be­ing a mum and do­ing my col­lec­tion. I think get­ting or­gan­ised is key. I al­ways look at my sched­ule, pri­ori­tise and make sure I don’t waste time. How do you switch off? When I have some down­time I roll out my mat and do yoga. Es­pe­cially be­cause I travel so much, it gives me en­ergy. And also lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. Are there any other amaz­ing work­outs you do? I think you get great re­sults when you do Pi­lates, and also barre classes. If I’m not work­ing I try to ex­er­cise al­most ev­ery day, but if I’m trav­el­ling then at least four times a week. Is there any­thing you hate do­ing at the gym? I hate go­ing to the gym! So I al­ways do a class. What area of your body do you work on the most? My legs, butt and abs. Those are my three tar­get ar­eas. What mo­ti­vates you? It’s all about feel­ing good about your body and be­ing healthy. You want to wake up and look at your­self in the mirror and be OK with it. On top of that, work­ing out gives me the en­ergy my body needs to do what­ever I want, like play­ing with my kids. What’s on your playlist? I like the new Calvin Har­ris song. I’m a rock chick, though. I love clas­sic rock, so any­thing by Fleet­wood Mac and Led Zep­pelin. Wow, we’d never have thought you were a rock chick! I know! I look more like a pop girl, don’t I? Does it ever get old to hear you’re the most beau­ti­ful woman in the world? Well, I don’t re­ally hear it that much. It’s al­ways nice to get com­pli­ments, I guess. Do you still get ner­vous when

you do big shows like Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret?

I def­i­nitely feel very com­fort­able and I know what I’m do­ing when I’m back­stage, so I don’t re­ally get that ner­vous. But when it comes to go­ing out on the run­way I do get but­ter­flies.

Are there any new An­gels you love?

Yes, there are a few… Tay­lor [Hill] and Josephine [Skriver]. I think they’re so pretty and young and I can def­i­nitely see them shin­ing.

Does age­ing worry you?

I like to take care of my­self. I use an­ti­age­ing creams and take care of my skin – I use sun­block, eat very healthily and apart from that I guess there’s noth­ing else you can do. You have to em­brace what you have and take care of it.

What foods give you the best glow?

I love green juices, so def­i­nitely that. I eat av­o­cado ev­ery day; it’s yummy and very healthy. I just try to eat as fresh and healthy as pos­si­ble. Ob­vi­ously I love choco­late and a cake here and there.

So are you a sweet or savoury girl?

I used to be all about sweets but af­ter my preg­nancy I changed. Now I’d rather have a miso soup than choco­late. Things I never eat are usu­ally things I don’t like. If I want a piece of cake I’ll have one, but I don’t need to have the whole cake. I try to eat sal­ads and lean pro­tein at least once or twice a day.

Tell us about your beauty regime.

For my skin, I just like to keep it as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble. I al­ways put on a BB cream in the morn­ing, a good mois­turiser and maybe a pretty blush.

If we emp­tied your hand­bag right now, what would we find?

My pass­port and tele­phone. Some­thing for my lips – I like to keep them mois­turised. There’s al­ways some­thing for my kids. Sun­block and those re­fresh­ing wa­ter fa­cial sprays – I love those.

What SPF do you swear by?

One with a lit­tle colour; I don’t like the ones that make you white. I try to get some­thing that has a bit of a tint to it.

Be­ing the face of L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel, do you feel pres­sure to al­ways have amaz­ing hair?

The thing with L’oréal is that the prod­ucts are amaz­ing and once you use them your hair in­stantly looks amaz­ing. I did my hair yes­ter­day with Dia Richesse Hi-vis­i­bil­ity Hair Colour and it gives the most amaz­ing shine.

What are your time­sav­ing hair tricks?

I usu­ally just let it dry nat­u­rally. If I’m on the go, I just keep it sim­ple and let the wind do its job! The dry sham­poo from L’oréal will give a lit­tle bit of body, soak up oil and re­vive sec­ond-day hair. Then a nice serum to give a bit of shine.

Would you ever go blonde again like you did for the Givenchy AW16 show?

That’s a good ques­tion! I think with the right prod­ucts to get a nice colour, yes. But as of right now, I think I’m go­ing to keep to my red tone.

Who would you say is your hair in­spi­ra­tion?

Cindy Craw­ford has beau­ti­ful hair.

Who is the coolest per­son you’ve ever done a shoot with?

That’s a hard one. I shot the Pirelli cal­en­dar with He­lena Christensen. She’s one of my favourite mod­els and I was like: ‘Oh my God – I can’t be­lieve I’m shoot­ing with you.’

Let’s talk about your amaz­ing body. What prod­ucts do you use?

I love oils af­ter a shower – I al­ways mois­turise. And some­times I’ll use those anti-cel­lulite creams to help tighten my legs.

We’re com­ing up to holiday sea­son. What are your top pack­ing tips?

Al­ways have a leather jacket and a pair of pumps be­cause you never know where you’re go­ing to end up. Flip-flops and a swim­suit are also a must. Those are my es­sen­tials. I like to keep it ba­sic.

Do you have in-flight beauty tricks?

A nice mois­turiser or a mask, like a sheet mask. Some­thing trans­par­ent, that you can use with­out any­one look­ing at you weirdly, will help keep your skin re­ally hy­drated.

Make-up on the beach – yay or nay?

No, never! The beach is re­ally about pro­tect­ing your­self and I love the salty air on my skin.

What Brazil­ian beauty prod­ucts do you stock up on when you’re home?

Nat­u­ral co­conut oil – it’s good for the en­tire body. Also, co­conut wa­ter is yummy and some­thing I drink ev­ery day when I’m back home.

The mother of two loves play­ing with her chil­dren Alessan­dra goes all white for the beach

Alessan­dra is a fan of new mod­els Josephine, left, and Tay­lor

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