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Alessandra Ambrosio Calls Criticism of Her Weight ‘Ridiculous’

Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio recently did a swim shoot on St. Barts with Brooklyn Decker and plus-size model Crystal Renn for Glamour’s cover. After shots of Ambrosio posing next to plus models surfaced, ABC News wrote her body “bears closer resemblance to a pre-pubescent teenager than a 29-year-old mother.” Ambrosio, who has called herself “a curvier girl,” is not regularly targeted by the media for being too thin. But the tabloids have finally cut Keira Knightley and Kate Bosworth a break, so who will fill their monthly quotient for “thin watch” stories? Ambrosio spoke to WWD:

“I’ve been tiny since I was four, and I eat whatever I want,” she told WWD. “All that matters is that I stay healthy.”

She adds:

“If I’m two pounds heavier, I’m fat. If I’m skinnier, I’m sick. It’s ridiculous,” she said. “And that’s not coming from agents or designers.”

Ambrosio gained 40 pounds during her pregnancy with now 18-month-old Anja and, according to WWD, “got back in shape” in two months. Her fitness routine includes running, Pilates, yoga, and sessions with a personal trainer, with whom she’s never canceled an appointment. It’s the sort of discipline you’d expect from a superstar model; these kinds of women, as Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen have also proved, generally have a freakish ability to get their model figures back quickly after birth. But they are paid a ton of money to do it. Now measuring 34-25-34.5, Ambrosio says she and her daughter “certainly eat.”


Alessandra Ambrosio Calls Criticism of Her Weight ‘Ridiculous’