Recently, a portuguese fashion magazine asked me to interview three of the most successful portuguese models of the moment: Jani, Ana Sofia and Sara Sampaio. Ana lives in New York and has worked for Benetton, Gap and Victoria's Secret; Sara has just finished a catalog for Victoria's Secret and lives in Paris; Jani studies pshychology in Lisbon but when she has time out from exams she walks the runway for designers like L'Wren Scott and Angel Schlesser. Here are some of the beauty secrets that they've confessed to me.
Ana Sofia, 24:
Q. How do you get in shape?
A.S. I exercise every day: kickboxing and cardio. I also like to jump rope, cycle and run.
Q. Do you think your african genes are a bonus?
A.S. It's an advantage because it's easier for me to tone than to most girls.
Q. You also go to ballet classes...
A.S. I've started three years ago. It's great for your legs in combination with kickboxing.
Q. Is there any part of yur body that you dislike?
A.S. For a long time i didn't like my breasts. Not anymore. I got it: they are not going to grow. They used to call me "peas" in school.
Q. Have you ever thought about surgery?
A.S. Yes, but then i've decided not to go through with it. But tomorow i may change my mind. I have nothing against plastic surgery.
Q. What part of your body do you like the most?
A.S. My butt. Not big...not small...It has a curve that i like.
Q. Do you eat healthy food?
A.S. I like to eat a lot so i dont mind going to the gym every day to compensate that.
Q. Your beauty secrets...
A.S. I use a strech mark body cream since i was 15. I bought it by mistake and got hooked. I'm also obsessed by L'oreal's Perfect Slim line.
Q. How do you take care of your hair?
A.S. This hair will be my ruin because i'm always buying new products for it. I love all Carol's daughter products. I also cut my hair every three months and when i'm at the beach I always protect it with a scarf.
Q. Do you exercize?
J. I don't have a car so i'm always running around.
Q. Is that enough?
J. I used to play basketball and i would like to go back. I have to say i'm a bit blessed by genetics.
Q. Do you eat healthy?
J. I love fried food. People say that salads are model's food but there's nothing i hate more than a salad.
Q. How do you treat your hair?
J. Before i started modelling i had a thick, brown, healthy hair. Now, with all the highlights and the blow drying it's weaker. Every two weeks i do hydration hair treatments and once a week i leave on a hair mask for a while.
Q. Do you have any 9beauty secrets?
J. Yes! I use a soft tooth brush on my lips to get rid of dead cells and to regenerate skin. Once a week is enough. At the beach i always put a mask on my hair. Also, when i do a chignon i always wrap the ends of my hair inside so that they don't get damaged.
Sara Sampaio, 19:
Q. How do you get in shape?
S. I've recently discovered the toning powers of jump rope.
Q. You're only 19. Do you take care of your skin?
S. I always take my make up of at night. I use a day cream and a night cream. And i use a cellulite cream every day.
Q. Do you like to tan?
S. I'm completely forbided by my agency in Paris to tan. I get dark really easily and that interferes with my work.
To read the full interviews please pick up Luxwoman's July issue.