Should We Take Supermodel Food Chatter with a Grain of Salt?


From Alessandra Ambrosio presiding over a plate of French fries to Chrissy Teigen scarfing tacos and pizza, there’s been a recent spate of social media spreads featuring supermodels sharing their gastronomic excesses.  The popular magazine Life and Style posted a compilation of the world’s most beautiful women chowing down on their favorite guilty pleasures. Of course, these photos leave the rest of us wondering how it’s possible these gorgeous gals, whose livelihoods depend on their looks, manages to stay trim and stunning despite gobbling mounds of unhealthy, high-calorie food.  The more cynical among us might dare to ask: Are they really subsisting on a steady diet of pizza, French fries, and ice cream, or are they pulling the wool over our eyes and being less than upfront about what they really eat.



Model and actress Kate Upton, who’s gone from the pages of the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition” to modeling for Victoria’s Secret, has made no secret of her love of fattening food. In one fast food commercial, Upton sweats over her spicy jalapeno burger while daintily removing her clothing to reveal a near perfect physique. Upton told Vogue Magazine that she only eats “anything that flies or swims.” In fact, it’s been rumored that some of her friends had to stage an intervention because the Minnesota-born beauty had gained too much weight to model. In a 2012 video posted by the blog Pop 2 It, Upton visibly has a little extra flesh under the chin.

On the other hand, it’s also been reported that Upton follows a strict “low-carb, sugar-free diet,” eschews processed foods and typically works out for an hour every day with a personal trainer. When she isn’t posing with mega burgers, Kate might eat some oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch, paired with lean protein like fish, chicken, or turkey. Aside from her favorite spicy burgers, Upton typically avoids red meat. For dinner, she often selects sushi.

Upton credits this strict regimen for helping get her body camera ready for a bikini scene in the big screen romantic-comedy “The Other Woman.”


Upton’s supermodel colleague Giselle Bundchen, who was discovered at a McDonald’s in her native Brazil and was recently photographed slurping Coke and munching on pizza, is also known to follow a strict 1600-a-day diet program and strenuous exercise regimen to keep her 5’ 11,” body model trim. Bundchen, who has two children with her Canton-bound QB husband Tom Brady, once famously derided legions of women who “get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals.” In all likelihood the coke-swilling, pizza munching Gisele is an anomaly (or a staged photo for you cynics) since it would be awfully hard to stay slim and sexy, particularly after two children, while loading up on a steady diet of sugary soft drinks and high calorie food.


One supermodel who seems to buck the low calorie, rigorous exercise trend is Sport Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Chrissy Teigen. The 28-year-old Utah native regularly takes to social media to post pictures of food porn and has confessed to a weakness for tacos and pizza. “I have a fryer on both coasts. I really couldn’t live without them,” she said in an interview with Business Insider. In fact, the bikini-baring beauty, who runs the popular food blog So Delushious, and has her own Cooking Channel show, Chrissy Teigen’s Hungry, answered one Reddit user’s question about her slim physique by saying “I work out very hard for a very brief period of time before a shoot. Maybe a week before and then never again until the next one.”


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