Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio recently took part in a Glamour magazine cover shoot with Sports Illustrated model Brooklyn Decker and reigning plus-size queen Crystal Renn. Last week, ABC aired an image from the shoot, likening Ambrosio’s figure to a “pre-pubescent teenager,” despite the fact that the model is a 29-year-old mother.
Ahh, the great weight debate wages on. But luckily for everyone, Ambrosio handled it with grace, calling the criticism “ridiculous” and hypocritical. She told WWD, “If I’m two pounds heavier, I’m fat. If I’m skinnier, I’m sick.” She also laid the blame squarely on the media, pointing out that the criticism was “not coming from agents or designers.”
But while Ambrosio did fall into the unfortunate and seemingly escapable trap of having to justify her eating habits (“I’ve been tiny since I was four. I eat whatever I want.”), she also makes a much more important and often overlooked point: “All that matters is that I stay healthy.”
WWD also notes that Ambrosio gained 40 pounds during her pregnancy — weight which she lost in less than two months by eating right and working out consistently with a personal trainer. Is two months doable for everyone? No, but not everyone has unlimited access to a private trainer, the funds to feed themselves healthy foods, or an extremely lucrative modeling gig (unfortunately) dependent on the size of their body.
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