No Bullsh*t—VS Models Tell Us What They Really, Truly Eat in a Day

Lindsey Metrus

Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by a celebrity's diet. I have on two separate occasions: once by Bella Hadid, the second time by Emily Ratajkowski. Both claim to rarely work out (Hadid does a bit of running when she's in the mood while Ratajkowski just skips it), but coupled with their supposedly gym-free life is a troubling amount of carbs and dairy—or should I say troubling for me because if I ate said diet, they'd have to roll me out of my apartment building à la Violet Beauregarde.

"My diet is pizza," Hadid told WWD. "Or burgers, French fries, grilled cheeses." Ratajkowski's diet isn't nearly as crafted from a mall food court as Hadid's, but she says she starts the day with a pastry, eats a lot of meat, salad, and always goes out for dinner. Not too bad, but I'm still stuck on the no-gym thing. What?

I have a very unscientific psychological explanation for all of this: My theory is that celebrities feel they'll sound more relatable if they don't reveal their actual strict diet and fitness regimens. But this perpetuates the body image issue women face on a daily basis: Seeing Bella's lithe figure only to learn that she maintains it with pizza and grease is entirely unrelatable and frustrating. If anything, it's admirable to learn about a model's discipline in the gym and dedication to healthy eating—in fact, it's motivating. Playing devil's advocate, maybe these models really are genetically blessed and can bypass the gym like I (try) to bypass the bread they so easily consume. But no matter how you spin it, it's discouraging.

When I recently got the opportunity to interview two models myself (Stella Maxwell and Josephine Skriver of Victoria's Secret fame) at the launch of VS's new fragrance, Bombshell Summer, I decided to take the opportunity to glean their honest-to-goodness diet and fitness regimens—no BS allowed. Though, quite honestly, they wouldn't have given me false answers even if I'd asked for them. When I told them both how annoyed I get when celebrities say they don't work out, Skriver quickly retorted, "That's such a myth." Sharing similar sentiments, Maxwell said, "We have to." Below, learn how each girl stays in such amazing shape year-round.

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