POWER LAYER with Me­gan Fox

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When Me­gan Fox hit the big screen, we were struck with her beauty. With­out question, she has lit up a num­ber of block­buster fran­chises, in­clud­ing Trans­fomers as well as Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles. This mother of 3 to 90210’s Brian Austen Green is now the Global Brand Am­bas­sador, de­signer as well as the Co-Founder of Fred­er­ick’s of Hol­ly­wood! With a Spring 2017 col­lec­tion that is out now, she is also cur­rently de­sign­ing the first Fred­er­ick’s of Hol­ly­wood X Me­gan Fox pre­mier capsule col­lec­tion for hol­i­day - we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to have to put this into our ro­ta­tion of looks. It al­most seems like this new ad­di­tion to her port­fo­lio is com­pletely ex­pected as she has been ob­sessed with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe (she even has a tat­too of her), who used to work with the brand as well.

We chat­ted wit Me­gan to find out how this mom does it all as the face and lacy mogul to the brand as well as how she was able to rock out the sexy looks in just a few months of giv­ing birth!

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Prior to join­ing Fred­er­ick’s of Hol­ly­wood, had you ever felt con­nected to this brand?

ME­GAN FOX: I was raised in a very conservative reli­gious fam­ily, which didn’t al­low me to ex­press my­self, and I al­ways fought against that. I fi­nally moved to L.A., at 17 for pilot sea­son. I re­mem­ber go­ing to the Fred­er­ick’s store on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard and be­ing ex­cited! They had stuff in there that I would have NEVER had ac­cess to where I lived with my fam­ily. I mean, that’s what you do when you have a re­ally strict fam­ily, you rebel and you do whatever makes their skin crawl. I wanted the sex­i­est stuff I could find! It was a very em­pow­er­ing mo­ment for me, to use my money that I earned and buy things that no one else might see me wear — but I was go­ing to wear them and feel pow­er­ful. AM: So how did this part­ner­ship be­tween you and Fred­er­ick’s of Hol­ly­wood come about?

MF: I had a meet­ing with Au­then­tic Brands Group, who ac­quired Fred­er­ick's, and they were go­ing to be re­launch­ing the brand, and part of that meet­ing was about not just want­ing to pay me to be the face of a com­pany, but to give me part own­er­ship, which would come with some cre­ative con­trol and the abil­ity to de­sign my own col­lec­tion. Most peo­ple don’t get that kind of an op­por­tu­nity. I didn’t see my­self as a lin­gerie de­signer, but I thought it would be a fun chal­lenge.

AM: Speak­ing of de­sign chal­lenges, how are you tack­ling cre­at­ing the line for those that wear it?

MF: In de­sign­ing some­thing, it needs to be some­thing that looks good on ev­ery shape and size. You want some­one who is a 32A to be able to wear the same thing who is a 36G. Ev­ery­one wants to be able to wear some­thing that makes them feel sexy and em­pow­ered!

AM: What do you forsee in your part­ner­ship with Fred­er­ick’s of Hol­ly­wood?

MF: You can say that I’ve lived in lin­gerie for most of my ca­reer. I un­der­stand how you can wear it for in­ti­mate mo­ments as well as on the world’s stage! I’m al­ways sup­port­ive of em­pow­er­ing women, es­pe­cially when you’re talk­ing about lin­gerie as it has a his­tory of ex­ist­ing solely to ex­cite or en­gage a man, and the wo­man is lost in that process. We need to change, or re­verse that-not Fred­er­ick's alone, but so­ci­ety in gen­eral. We also need to make lin­gerie some­thing that you can wear; some­thing that’s day­wear or nightwear to wear with clothes. I don’t want some thing that I can only wear on spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Those things are fun, but I do want ac­cess to stuff that I can wear

and make fash­ion­able.

AM: So af­ter hav­ing your third baby, Jour­ney, you did the pho­to­shoot for the Spring 2017 cam­paign that was shot by celeb photographer, Ellen Von Un­werth in the Hol­ly­wood Hills, how did you get cam­era ready?

MF: I have been a client of Har­ley Paster­nak’s for years! I worked out in a healthy way dur­ing my preg­nancy. I know how ac­tive I can be so that I don’t over­due it and then mod­i­fied as needed. Be­cause of that, I was able to ease back into work­ing out pretty quickly. I did the same ex­er­cises pre-baby that are a part of Har­ley’s Five Fac­tor work­outs (There are 5 phases: a min­i­mum five minute car­dio warm-up, a lower body sculpt­ing ex­er­cise, an up­per body toning ex­er­cise, then an ab­dom­i­nal sculpt­ing ex­er­cise, and fi­nally, a five minute cool down. We tried to have her do min­i­mal im­pact. Post-baby there shouldn’t be a lot of jump­ing up and down). When I couldn’t leave the baby to come to the gym, I did his video game (Har­ley Paster­nak’s Hol­ly­wood Work­out). I eat re­ally well and love us­ing the blender. He has a num­ber of smoothie recipes and my fa­vorite is the red smoothie, which is whatever berries are in sea­son, Chai tea, a scoop of pro­tein pow­der and lit­tle bit of al­mond milk.

AM: How was it shootig the cam­paign post baby?

MF: It’s an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge, be­cause it doesn't mat­ter how cleanly you eat or how much you work out or how well you take care of your­self — you’ve still just had a hu­man be­ing pass through your body and things are not go­ing to be ex­actly the way they were be­fore. I was a lit­tle wor­ried, but then I put them on and I had this mo­ment where it made me ap­pre­ci­ate my body. I hadn’t been wear­ing lin­gerie be­fore that, and I looked in the mir­ror, and I was like, the fact that I look this way af­ter hav­ing a baby is a mir­a­cle, and I was thank­ful, and it gave me a lit­tle boost of con­fi­dence.

As a wo­man, you wouldn’t an­tic­i­pate it hav­ing that ef­fect but I think ev­ery wo­man should put it on at home be­fore they’re ready and you may be sur­prised to see your body in ways they weren’t an­tic­i­pat­ing.

You can say that I’ve lived in lin­gerie for most of my ca­reer. I un­der­stand how you can wear it for in­ti­mate mo­ments as well as on the world’s stage! I'm al­ways sup­port­ive of em­pow­er­ing women, es­pe­cially when you're talk­ing about lin­gerie ...

AM: So we know that you rock lin­gerie like none other, when you’re not wear­ing that, what is your style?

MF: Ev­ery time I have a baby, I feel more com­fort­able in my body. Af­ter gain­ing and los­ing the weight, I feel ac­com­plished about get­ting into bet­ter shape so I go through a phase of wear­ing su­per sexy stuff! But the prac­ti­cal part of it is that there is no time to plan your out­fits, what hap­pens is you end up in a lot of ac­tivewear!

Me­gan men­tioned that she works out with celebrity fit­ness trainer, Har­ley Paster­nak and does his Five Fac­tor Work­out. If you're look­ing to stun like Me­gan (who has been named as Most Beau­ti­ful Wo­man by Maxim), we sug­gest in­clud­ing this into your rou­tine as this is a sam­ple of his noted work­out!

WARMUP: Five min­utes on the bike or tread­mill

LOWER BODY: Skater Lunge

Cross your right leg be­hind your left leg as you bend your left knee into a half­squat po­si­tion. Ex­tend your left arm out to the side and swing your right arm across your hips. Hop a few feet di­rectly to the right, switch­ing the po­si­tion of your legs and arms. Re­peat on op­po­site side.

UP­PER BODY: Supine Tri­ceps Ex­ten­sion

Lie face up on a bench with your arms raised straight above you, a weight in each hand; slowly lower them to the sides of your fore­head and re­peat.

AB­DOM­I­NAL SCULPT­ING: Su­per­man

Lay on your stom­ach with your legs and arms fully ex­tended. Slowly, con­tract your lower back and raise your legs and arms off the ground. Then lower them back down.

COOL-DOWN: Five min­utes on sta­tion­ary bike

Do 20 rep­e­ti­tions of each up­per body, lower body, and abs and cy­cle through those three ex­er­cises non-stop, re­peat­ing that cir­cuit four times. NOTE: Each day of the week she would come in and do dif­fer­ent body parts at least three days a week.

One of the tip­ping points be­tween cou­ples in­volves their trvel com­pata­bil­ity! It's when you find out whether you can be out­side of your nor­mal sur­round­ings and how you han­dle it. In ad­di­tion it's an eye opener on how you hn­dle nav­i­gat­ing in new cities, hwo stress lev­els ef­fect you and of course how much one packs! We talked with the team at DUFL to find out how they are a so­lu­tion to your travel needs as well as tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to your next desti­na­tion!

ATH­LEISURE MAG: What is your back­ground and how did it lead you to cre­ate DUFL?

AN­DREA GRAZIANI: I’ve spent the ma­jor­ity of my ca­reer in in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy and soft­ware. Be­cause of this, we spent a lot of time on the road trav­el­ing for busi­ness. On one par­tic­u­lar trip, I’d packed for 14 days in Lon­don in a carry-on bag be­cause my busi­ness part­ners all trav­eled with carry-on bags and there was no time to wait at bag­gage claim. We were head­ing back to Ari­zona on a Fri­day and had to spend the week­end un­pack­ing, do­ing laun­dry, drop­ping off same-day dry clean­ing and then pack­ing every­thing in that carry-on again in or­der to be in New York on Monday. Our CEO and Founder, Bill Rine­hart looked at us and said ‘there has to be a bet­ter way.’ And the no­tion for DUFL was born.

AM: What is DUFL and how does it make trav­el­ing eas­ier?

AG: DUFL is a travel ser­vice that in­ven­to­ries, photographs, cleans and stores your busi­ness wardrobe in a DUFL vir­tual closet. When you are ready to travel, just open the DUFL app, en­ter their desti­na­tion, ar­rival date and tap on the photos of the items in your DUFL closet that you’d like to pack and a pro­fes­sion­ally packed suit­case will meet you at your ho­tel. When you’re all done, re­quest a pick up in the DUFL app, at­tach the pro­vided ship­ping la­bel to your suit­case and drop it at the ho­tel front desk. We’ll ship it back to the DUFL ware­house where we’ll clean, in­ven­tory and store your items un­til you are ready to travel again.

DUFL elim­i­nates the need to pack, do laun­dry, un­pack and drag a bag through the air­port or to client meet­ings or events. Pack­ing takes about 60 sec­onds in the app and elim­i­nates stress and gives our users ap­prox­i­mately 3-5 hours of per­sonal time pre­vi­ously spent on those mean­ing­less tasks.

AM: Why is the no­tion of travelling as a cou­ple such a big deal whether you're em­bark­ing on your first trip or the umpteenth one?

AG: I think there’s a dif­fer­ent dy­namic with cou­ples, and a lot of com­mu­ni­ca­tion around events, cloth­ing re­quire­ments, who’s bring­ing the hair dryer to who’s bring­ing the sham­poo. I tend to over pack when I’m trav­el­ing with my hus­band be­cause we both have dif­fer­ent ideas of things we’d like to do when we are on a trip.

AM: What pack­ing tips can you share with us that are worth not­ing when travelling with your sig­nif­i­cant other?

AG: Try to have a bit of a plan - if not with pre-planned itin­er­ar­ies, then at least co­or­di­nate who will bring what so you don’t double up on toi­letries, etc. For shorter trips, it’s some­times pos­si­ble to con­sol­i­date the pack­ing into one large suit­case for the both of you. If you don’t want to check a bag, take ad­van­tage of the al­low­able two bags per per­son on the plane and con­sol­i­date your elec­tron­ics and snacks into one bag to al­low more room for clothes and shoes!

AM: When travelling to warmer cli­mates, one would think that the pack­ing is eas­ier but what should we con­sider when bring­ing items with us?

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