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Supermodel Marisa Miller on Sports Illustrated, Staying Fit, and Kicking Butt

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Supermodel Marisa Miller on Sports Illustrated, Staying Fit, and Kicking Butt
Marisa Miller: A gorgeous supermodel who loves to eat and boxes to stay fit. That makes her a superhero to us! Here she shares the seven daily habits and life lessons that have helped her stay strong, centered, and gorgeous in her Sports Illustrated bikini photos and beyond (including the workout she shares exclusively with SHAPE).

Supermodel Marisa Miller on Sports Illustrated, Staying Fit, and Kicking Butt-2Marisa Miller's Secret to Supermodel Success #1: "I Never Take No for an Answer"

"When I first started playing team sports, I was a little too sweet for my own good," says Marisa. "I'd be in tears because I wasn't doing well. But the healthy competition really toughened me up." It's a life lesson that has served her well in her career. When Marisa Miller was first starting out in 2000, she was told she didn't have the right look. "They said I was too curvy and too American," she says. "I couldn't change my body. But I always believed I was going to find my niche in the business and eventually I did. I recognized what my strengths were and forged my own path."

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Marisa Miller's Secret to Supermodel Success #2: "I Make a Mean Mac 'n' Cheese"
Marisa is obsessed with cooking. "I'm addicted to the Food Network," she says. Her favorite TV chefs are Bobby Flay and Paula Deen, best known for her decadent southern recipes. "She has one for macaroni and cheese with a crusty topping that is unbelievable," says Marisa. She also follows Paula's rule to use only "real" ingredients in all of her dishes. "If I'm going to have something rich and yummy, I'm not reaching for prepackaged brownies. I'm going to make a pie from scratch," she says. Of course, Marisa doesn't indulge in high-calorie dishes all the time. Most days, she sticks to organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.

HEALTHY COOKING RECIPE: Cauliflower mac and cheese
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