SHAPE's January/February cover model and leading funny lady Jenny McCarthy has come a long way since her youth. Growing up in Chicago's South Side with a strict religious family, she told us, "Jesus was like my Justin Bieber!"

Since then, she's taken charge of her own identity, posing for six Playboy covers starting at age 21. That first photo shoot made her get serious about working out—and it's totally paid off. The superstar mother, comedienne, TV show host, author, activist, and fit lady graces the cover of SHAPE's special double issue looking as hot as ever!

McCarthy shows us that there's really nothing you can't do if you put your mind to it. As a single mother of 10-year-old son Evan, the multi-talented woman just published her seventh memoir, Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic, on top of being a host for NBC's Love in the Wild and her own late night talk show for Vh1.

It's true that she has the brains and the body, but it doesn't all come easily, even though she makes it seem that way and finds ways to laugh through most of her life. She works hard for her toned and svelte physique, doing yoga twice a week as well as strength training and running three to five times per week. But don't dare touch her mp3 player. "I'd rather be electrocuted than not have my iPod on the treadmill," she says.

Related: Jenny posed on the cover of SHAPE in 2009 after giving birth and quickly shedding the pounds she'd gained during pregnancy. She's not the only hot mom in Hollywood, check out this slideshow of sexy celeb mothers who had babies this year.

Although her schedule is jam-packed, she makes it all happen. When she spoke to us over the summer, she revealed her number one tip for incorporating fitness into her busy life: "You JUST GOTTA DO IT," she said.

Watch the video below for a peek behind the scenes at SHAPE's cover shoot, and don't miss our special January/February double issue, featuring Jenny's "In Top Form" workout, the routine she uses to sculpt her butt, legs, and core with her super cute trainer, Mark Harari. The issue is available now and will be on newsstands nationwide January 7.

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