Adriana Lima on What it takes to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Most models would have you believe they eat whatever they like – “I eat burgers and French fries!” they protest, as if they fall out of bed every day looking like a magazine advertisement. Industry people know that’s not true, and so does supermodel Adriana Lima.

Lima is disarmingly frank about what it takes to prepare for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show – watched by eight million people, reportedly – in which the world’s highest – paid models wear barely-there lingerie as part of a production that costs $10 million.

So here’s what it really takes to be an Angel:  Lima, 30, has been working out every day with a personal trainer since August. For the last three weeks, she’s been working out twice a day.

The Routine

It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity: she jumps rope, does boxing, lifts weights.

She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.

“No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

Lima has been an Angel since 2000. She has since had a baby.

The preparation is all worth it, says Lima, because the show is the highlight of her year.

“Actually, the Victoria’s Secret show is the highlight of my life. Becoming an Angel, once I achieved that, it was a dream come true for me. And I know that after all this is done, when I sit down with my daughter one day, we are going to look back and it’s going to be very special.”

What does being hand-picked to represent the brand do for a model’s career (not to mention her income)? “It opens up so many doors, everyone knows your name, the whole world knows you now,” she says.

“Any model in this world would love to be an Angel.”


Thigh-High Boots: Flaunt Em or Shelve Em?

Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lea Michele

Thigh highs aren’t just for hookers anymore. But should they be?
It’s a question you should take very seriously.

So I’m taking this chance to be a fashion critic…because I can!

It works on Kim because she’s kept it monochromatic. I love the suede boots with the light-coloured denim.

But whose boots should have been shelved? …It’s a tie.

Kourtney Kardashian has way too many things going on with the print dress, the fur vest, the Chanel bag and the Chanel boots.

Lea Michele strikes out as well. This would have worked on her if she wore dark jeans or black jeans to elongate her legs, because this makes them look a bit thicker than they are and she’s very tiny and very thin.

Still, I think I could give this trend the thumbs-up.

But if you’re not feeling the love, since thigh highs discriminate against anyone who doesn’t have long skinny legs… Bring it on or give this trend the boot.

Which side are you on? Sound off in my comments section!

Sofia Vergara + Kim Kardashian = Nayer

So I love Sofia Vergara who plays Gloria is Modern Family. Then Kim Kardashian forces herself onto every living thing on this planet with her publicity stunts, which I hate to admit, but are working for her.

Now I’ve seen so much of Nayer everywhere because I can’t skip anything Pitbull does…and I couldn’t help but notice that she looks like a hybrid of Sofia and Kim…like really.. look at her…. Don’t you think so?

More like God tried a Sofia then a Kim and then after all the practice, he made Nayer… she’s like the finished version.

This Wax Figure Sees Right Through Kareena Kapoor

Kareena looked (almost) beautiful in her Manish Malhotra sari at the unveiling of her statue at Madame Tussaud’s. Speaking of which, the wax statue does no justice to the (almost) gorgeous actress, not in this picture anyway.

Crave Attention? Launch a Fragrance

OMG! A few days ago, in an item about Paris Hilton helping open a shopping mall in Poland, you said, “Coming soon, Kim Kardashian appears at a milkshake bar opening in Dubai,” and here she is!

Who would have thought you were serious about that?

Come on, it wasn’t hard to predict. I mean, the woman was married less than two months ago, she is thought to be the highest-paid reality star on television, so why wouldn’t she go to Dubai to promote a milkshake bar? It just makes sense.

But if she craves attention so badly, why doesn’t she launch a fragrance, like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry and everybody else did?

Get with the program. Kim already launched a fragrance, four months ago.

I missed that. What about Paris Hilton, then? Can we expect a fragrance from her?

Sigh. Paris launched her fragrance years ago.

Say, Kymberlee, why don’t you have your own fragrance, if every other doofus gets one? It’s just the sort of flimflam we’d expect from you.

I do have one. You haven’t tried SARCASM, by Kymberlee? It hasn’t done very well, despite a serious ad campaign on rural billboards and a promotional tie-in with a popular brand of flip-flops.

What is the memorable catch phrase you use in your ads?

“Who wouldn’t want to smell like this?”

Gosh, it’s hard to believe folks didn’t go for that!

See, the SARCASM is spreading already.


Look What Poonam Pandey’s Doing

She had promised to strip if Team India won the World Cup and didn’t live up to it. So, to motivate the struggling Men in Blue in England this time round, Poonam Pandey has gone ahead to strip partially. Her website (almost porn) is ugly as fuck!!… in a bath tub, the woman goes around with the hand shower and lots more ugliness. BTW! The lingerie beats the one’s you get on linking road. More like she bought them from someone’s yard sale.

She posted her partially nude picture on Twitter building the hype around it for days with posts like – “Coming Soon ‘Motivational Surprise” and “time for Men in Blue to Win ne how at ne Cost!!! Will b Releasing a sensational Pic as they get on the field!! i am with them! keep Watching”.

To which the twitterati commented –

@iPoonampandey Poonam the last time u gave the “Motivational Surprise” it rained in England. Now what? Tsunami? 🙂 #ShoutLoud

Then finally when the picture was up, Poonam’s tweet went –

“GM!! The world will see that I lived up to my inspiration. now,  I am sure my team will beat England. Our time has come.”

With the way @iPoonampandey has been trending on Twitter, one can only imagine that twitterati had a lot to say. Here’s a few of the reactions the partially nude picture managed to incite –

Immediately after the match was over, there were several Facebook captions such as, “Where is Poonam?”, “I’m waiting for you Poonam”, “Where the hell is Poonam Pandey. I bought an HD TV for you!”.

According to the latest news, she has requested the BCCI to choose another country such as Paris for her striptease, to avoid controversies in India.

As the story goes, there was hope that she would finally strip in Paris, and that did not happen either. There were rumours of her being a part of Big Boss this season, of her leading the Mumbai Slutwalk. The model finally made her reality show appearance on Khatron Ke Khiladi this season.

With her belief that there is no vulgarity in nudity, Poonam definitely has come a long way riding on this ‘strip’ of fame. Well, it takes all kinds to make this world – a motivational stripper is one more!

Five Cool Things Steve Jobs Left Us (That Weren’t Gadgets or Computers)

Steve Jobs, John Mayer

If all Steve Jobs was was the sum of his iPods, iPads and iPhones, then that’d be a lot.

But the legacy of the Apple cofounder, who died yesterday at age 56, goes beyond innovative gadgets and computers.

Here are five other pop-culture gifts he gave us:

1. Woody and BuzzWhen Jobs bought George Lucas‘ computer-graphics division in 1986, Pixar was born, and the path to a pair of Toy Story friends (not to mention some great Randy Newman songs) was laid.

2. The Digitalized BeatlesFor so long, the band’s powers-that-be resisted having their catalog officially available as MP-anythings. Then, finally, in 2010, iTunes sealed the deal, and “Yesterday” became part of today.

3. Carrie Bradshaw’s PowerBook: Sure, it crashed in the 2001 episode, “My Motherboard, My Self,” but mostly it provided its unattached owner with constant companionship—and arguably gave Sex and the City its fifth star.

4. Commercials That Were GoodThe 1984 Super Bowl spot. The dancing-silhouette iTunes promo. The long-running “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” campaign. With the exception of the showy 1984 clip, titled “1984,” the ads reflected Jobs’ streamline aesthetic; without exception, they reflected Jobs’ knack for user-friendly experiences.

5. A Meditation on Mortality; an Action Plan for Life“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said in his 2005 Stanford commencement address. “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”