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"Every woman has a different metabolism and different genetics, so rather than compete with one another, concentrate on yourself and be the best you can be. Everyone has days when they don't want to show anything. That's what the good ol' jeans and a T-shirt are for. So many times, I haven't felt ready for shoots. I'm like, why didn't I work out more? But it's life." — Self, 2014
"My body has changed a lot since I gave birth—it happens. I work out and I look after myself. I take this seriously because it's my job... After you have kids, you realise the real values in life. Today's women are so independent, with their own jobs, able to stand up for themselves, that gives me a lot of confidence also." — Us Weekly, 2014
"I have to work really hard. My body—I have a voluptuous body. I am not one of those skinny girls. I like to enjoy life. I am a totally healthy girl that eats but eats in moderation and I take care of myself." — Associated Press, 2010
"I don't think people realise half of the things that we do [or eat]. We are humans, we are normal—I live my life, I have a wonderful, happy, healthy life. I indulge! But I also work hard. I work out and I train and I'm very active and always healthy, but, you know ... I have a sweet tooth. It's about balance, because that's the only way to [keep your routine] sustainable. I don't diet; I'm not a fan of diets or fasts. I just do my best to stay healthy." — Cosmopolitan.com, 2014
"I'm a woman, of course I still have curves on me, and that's OK. I had a baby and I've worked hard. And I don't think women should have to feel that kind of pressure. I've done it really healthfully, and I took my time. Even though four months is really fast. I think you have to ignore those things, because I'm a human, and I did as much as I can." — Huffington Post, 2012
"As a teenager, I wanted to be a dancer or an actress. I hated looking in the mirror because I was so tall and thin. People kept saying, 'You should be a model,' but I couldn't think of anything worse than doing a job that highlighted my height and weight. I think, actually, it's something I've only recently got used to. If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to learn to love your flaws. It's OK to look in the mirror and feel really confident about yourself." — Daily Mail Online, 2014
"The secret to body confidence for me is obviously working out and doing as much as I can, staying healthy at the same time, doing as much I can for the show, and knowing I tried my best. And knowing what attributes you have to show off." — SheKnows, 2012
"It's important for the people who watch this show to know that we all train like it's the freaking Olympics. We work hard to look the way we do, and it's not something that will come by starving yourself or not taking care of yourself. It's really like a full-time commitment." — Celebuzz, 2012
"I just want to continue to break barriers, and to show the industry and the world that beauty is diverse, and you don't have to be a certain stereotype to be beautiful. When you look at the world, the world isn't just one palette. It's a beautiful rainbow, and why not have someone to represent that rainbow?"— CNN, 2012
"I also don't want to overdo it because there's only so much you can do—you don't want to get too thin. You have to have a balance. So, I am working out everyday, and I don't do too much cardio… I've realised they do want their models to have curves and support that. For me, it's a relief to have a company that is down with that. Most of the time, you always feel like, 'I could be thinner.' VS likes you better when you look healthier."— Harper's Bazaar, 2013
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