Carly Cardellino, a New York based beauty editor for Cosmopolitcan.com, found herself deeply interested in the life of Victoria’s Secret models, following the brand’s fashion show in September.
In order to gain deeper insight into a model’s life, the 32-year-old decided to live like one for a week. She had interviewed model Lily Aldridge a number of times to glean significant information about her life and routine. Cardellino then followed the same pattern during her weeklong experiment.
“I chose to model my life as an Angel after Lily Aldridge's — she's one of my favorites to follow on Instagram and is the closest to me height-wise,” Cardellino states in her article. “I didn't get my wings or wear the $2 million Fantasy Bra (I wish!), but I did work out with her trainer, ate the meals she ate, got the same spray tan and facial as her, and was made up by some of the top beauty experts who were backstage at the show.”
She spent plenty of hours in the gym, ramping up her workouts to two a day. This was just the beginning. In the evening she attended the Ballet Beautiful classes, a ballet-inspired fitness regime and described it as “quite hard.”
“It might sound like a relaxing exercise experience, but I can assure you it's quite hard. Even before doing zillions of reps to work my thighs, butt, and arms for an hour, I had to climb five flights of stairs to get to Mary Helen's studio,” Cardellino added.
Living the life of a supermodel meant she also had to eat like them, thus cutting out on alcohol and carbs and replacing it with plant-based meals and fresh pressed juices or coconut water.
A day before Cardellino planned to pose for a runway shoot, she had a “prep day” where she was given oxygen facials alongside other models and her lips and cheekbones were plumped up. “My skin felt like a newborn baby's; my lips were plump, my cheekbones were even higher, and my eyes were wide open,” Cardellino gushed after her appointment.
She underwent several other procedures as stylists worked on her hair and makeup during the course.
As the experiment week ended, Cardellino admitted she's more motivated to take care of her health and fitness, but also realized while models may be genetically blessed, there is always a lot of work that goes into it.
Her experience just goes to show even though the grass might be greener on the other side, being a model takes much more than what appears on the runway.