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Vanessa Williams Talks Fitness & Fashion

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Vanessa Williams

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Vanessa Williams Talks Fitness & Fashion

Want to know how Vanessa Williams maintains her ageless beauty? From BOTOX® to salsa dancing, she divulges some of her beauty and fitness secrets. Find out how the actress and singer juggles work, including the upcoming Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim, and family (She's the mother of four!)—and looks flawless doing it.

Q: How do you stay in such great shape?

A: I work out with a great trainer in New York, Sal Gaglio. I try to weight train at least once or twice a week. I hit the treadmill if I'm not training. I'll do yoga when I have the time. Also, I do a lot of salsa dancing. That's a great way to stay in shape and be social. I would definitely recommend salsa for anyone who wants to hang out with friends, have a ball, and lose weight.

Q: What’s your best tip for healthy living?

A: Go fresh. Try to steer away from anything that's pre-packaged, canned or processed. I crave chocolate and sometimes I indulge. But I listen to that little voice when it says stop because you'll see it in a few days and you'll have to do more work to get it off.

Q: What fashion choices do you have in common with your character Wilhelmina on Ugly Betty?

A: This season I've worn a lot of beautiful, bright colored dresses in nice relaxed fabrics that have been draping and easy to wear. I would definitely say those are closer to my personal style then the suits, pointy-toed shoes, and incredibly cinched-in waists.

Q: Any beauty secrets you can share?

A: It's no secret that I receive BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of the two frown lines between my brows that look like an 11 and give me a tired or stressed appearance. My new obsession is this treatment I've been getting from The Goddess Repair Shop. It uses micro-currents to firm, detoxify, and metabolize fat. It's just an amazing machine.

Q: How do you balance work and family?

A: You have a very understanding family. You have to be extremely precise with your schedule and accommodate everyone as much as you can. The kids have grown up knowing that this is my life, so it's no change for them and they understand that this is what I do. My mom lives close by and we live in my hometown, so there are a lot of things to anchor them.

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