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Secrets of a Supermodel
Sexiness is part of Marisa Miller's DNA, not to mention a huge part of her success as a supermodel. This year will be her first in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing December 4 on CBS. And whether or not you like seeing women pose confidently, wearing next to nothing, along the runway on your very own television set in prime time, there's no denying that many people do. Millions of viewers are expected to tune in and admire. We caught up with Marisa pre-runway for her next challenge: convincing you, right here, right now, that every woman radiates confidence, sexiness, good health, and good looks when she works out and takes care of her body. Her down-to-earth advice makes her the perfect choice for our Mind, Body & Spirit Superstar series this month.
Growing up, what was your body like?
Marisa: I used to be shy about it because I was a tomboy, but I was also a size D by the time I was 16. I'd hide my body in big T-shirts and baggy pants. If I was with friends at the beach and I had to get up to throw a piece of garbage away, I would put on all my clothes just to walk to the trash can. I didn't like getting attention. Even now, I don't like it. For a long time, I still got that nervous feeling before a shoot if I had to wear a bikini -- the same as anybody else feels. I'd rather be the one in the corner, watching, but it's my job: You have to get over it. And in general, I'm comfortable with the curves I have. I like having a woman's body.
You're pretty easygoing. Where did you get that attitude?
Marisa: My parents -- they met surfing in Santa Cruz. People in my hometown have a healthy, simple attitude about life. Everybody is always out hiking or going to the beach.
How do you give your body-confidence a boost?
Marisa: Exercise. I've been going to a boxing gym, and it's a really intense workout -- you have to focus. By the time I leave, any stress or negative feeling I had when I walked in is gone. It's not like I'm exercising to be skinny -- I'm the girl who needs curves. I like my butt and my boobs! My focus is on being toned and firm.
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