Last week, top swimwear models gathered in Miami in all of their tall, toned, and bronzed glory. Miami Swim Week brings these stunning, leggy beings together for the biggest swimwear event of the year, and standing out in the sea of beauty and talent is no easy feat. Soa Denise of Ford Models, however, did just that. The gorgeous Miami local, with French and Madagascan roots, knows what it takes to prep her body and skin for looking its best in an itty-bitty bikini while she marches down a runway in front of hundreds of people. Confidence is key, obviously, but how else does she ensure she’s ready for Miami Swim Week? Squats and pitaya bowls, to start. Keep scrolling to see how else Soa Denise preps for Miami Swim Week!
BYRDIE: What’s your normal fitness regimen like?
SOA DENISE: I love to be active in general, so I’m always doing something different. But my go-to exercises are running and Pilates. Those two are the perfect combination of cardio and strength training that give me that long and lean look.
BYRDIE: How do you change your normal fitness regimen to prep for Miami Swim Week?
SD: When Miami Swim Week comes around, I know I need to be looking and feeling my best, so consistency is key for me! The week prior to Swim Week, I make sure to go to the gym. It sounds like a lot, but it just gives you that extra boost you need to make your body extra tight for the runway. And squats! I can’t stress enough how important those really are!
BYRDIE: What’s your diet like right before Miami Swim Week?
SD: You can be working out like a gym monster but will never get the results you want until you understand the nutrition portion. So honestly, the biggest difference between my diet in general and right before Swim Week is I won’t give myself a cheat day.
BYRDIE: What are some of your go-to meals?
SD: Typically, my day consists of two to three eggs with some toast—maybe bacon and some avocado. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Lunch can be anything like a healthy sandwich or fish and veggies, and I almost always end up eating quinoa. Dinner also consists of a protein with vegetables and some sort of healthy carb, like quinoa or brown rice. These are just the basics, but there are endless possibilities in making healthy eating not boring. And how can I forget snacks? My absolute favorite snack has to be a dragon (also known as pitaya) bowl. Whenever I can one, I’ll have that in between meals.
BYRDIE: What’s the first thing you’re going to eat after your last show for Miami Swim Week?
SD: I love a good yummy pasta every once in a while, or maybe some chicken korma. Those two are probably my favorite foods to go crazy with.
BYRDIE: Are there any body products you swear by?
SD: Heathy skin is the most important base for all the makeup that gets applied over the span of the week. I like to start with a good body scrub, like the Dior Bikini Perfecting Scrub and Sothy’s Delicious Scrub Cinnamon and Ginger Escape ($54). Next: moisturizing! Moisturizers that are coconut- or Shea-based help to hydrate long-term and keep your skin healthy. For my face, I like to use Sisley Botanical Floral Toning Lotion ($103). I love to also use natural face oil like Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($29) when I go to bed because I wake up with super-soft skin. A little secret is to put some on your lips, too, and you’ll wake up with plump, soft lips. I’ve really been loving all the products from Aesop—they’re natural and really actually do what they promise.
BYRDIE: Your advice to anyone trying to tone up before a big event is—
SD: Take a step back and look at your diet. There are plenty of things that are secretly sabotaging your goals to a healthier you. The key is to know what’s actually good for you! All processed food, especially high-sugar food, is a big no-no. That includes soda and alcohol! (Sorry, guys, but it’s the truth.) It’s actually very simple. Eat good unprocessed food like lean meats and seafood, plenty of vegetables and even fresh-squeezed juices to help get your daily dose, and healthy unprocessed grains such as brown and wild rice and quinoa. You should see results just by changing your diet! Now imagine if you were to team that up with a good workout.
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