Bauer Griffin Photo Michelle Alves
We recently had the lucky fortune of sitting down with Brazilian beauty Michelle Alves
to get the scoop on her tips and tricks to staying beautiful. Michelle, for those of you who don't know, has graced hundreds of international fashion magazine covers and walked catwalks for most every major designer, from Elie Saab to Armani. She has also signed campaign contracts with the likes of Michael Kors and Christian Dior; and go ahead and add Sports Illustrated
and Victoria's Secret to her extensive repertoire. Clearly, beauty is a full-time job for Michelle!
But the svelte mother of two isn't just about looking
fantastic: Her focus is on taking care of herself by eating right and staying active. From karate to yoga, Michelle has adapted her exercise of choice to suit her body changing's needs. She says, "What I do now is pilates because I need the muscle strength. I think the older you get, you have different needs."
As for diet tips, Michelle further stresses the importance of listening to our bodies, saying, "I believe that a diet is individual.You should find what works better for your type of body...it's about listening to how your body responds to certain foods." Michelle goes on to point out the significance of portion control, explaining that some days she'll only eat three times a day without any snacks.
Michelle also reminds us that any successful diet should be approached in moderation. "I do like to eat tempura when I go to Japanese restaurants, and I do like to eat French fries. If I go to a movie, I want to drink Coca Cola and eat popcorn, but I don't do this every time. You should allow yourself these pleasures."
What beauty products does this health-conscious supermodel
rely on? Michelle told us she prefers Tara Smith's organic shampoo, noting that she tried many expensive brands before finding that this affordable line works best for her hair. For her flawless, sun-kissed skin, Michelle swears by CosMedix facial soap and heavy moisturizing cream—a must-have every time she flies. But what's Michelle's can't-live-without-it weapon of choice? The highly acclaimed Clarisonic brush—she promises that it thoroughly removes even the heaviest supermodel makeup.
Aside from the occasional tempura what, might you ask, is this brunette bombshell's guiltiest pleasure? Sleeping in! Looking at Michelle, we're thinking some extra beauty sleep will be our next (not-so) guilty indulgence.Check out Michele Alves' best looks on StyleBistro: