Alessandra Ambrosio opens up about her VS Fashion Show post baby body

Following Erin Heatherton speaking out about the body image struggles she faced while working for Victoria's Secret, Alessandra Ambrosio has also opened up about her experience.

The Victoria's Secret Angel who is the face of the latest issue of The Edit, revealed in an interview with the magazine that after giving birth to her first child, Anja she had to adopt an extreme diet to get her 'pre-baby body' back in just three months before doing the 2008 Victoria's Secret show. 'I was on this 1,200-calorie-a-day meal-delivery service that I hated. I couldn't do that again,' she said. 'Your body will never go back to exactly what it was before pregnancy, whatever people tell you. It can't. But I think I have a better body now than before I had kids. It's partly because I work out, whereas before I didn't, but also to do with the shape - it just looks more formed now and I feel better about it than I did.'

In the accompanying photo shoot lensed by David Bellemere, Alessandra of two shows off her toned body sporting a range of athleisure looks against the backdrop of plenty of sun and sand.

Some highlights from her interview:

On her love of dancing: 'It's so stressful before the Victoria's Secret show. There's so much pressure on us all - not just in terms of shape - and the energy gets sucked out of you, so my favorite thing to do afterwards is dance all night long. Yes, we'll have a pizza party and drink, but I don't even care that much about the food. It's about being young, normal and carefree again.'

On pushing herself to work out: 'It wasn't until I did my first Victoria's Secret show that I started exercising. Even when I got pregnant with my daughter and moved to California, I couldn't understand this lifestyle my fiance [businessman Jamie Mazur] had. For him, exercise was physical and mental at the same time; going to the gym was his friend, whereas it had always been an enemy for me. Now that it's a healthy, normal part of my daily routine, my kids will grow up seeing it in the same way, and I love that.'

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