You don't have to have stellar genes and VIP access to the most smokin' swimwear to look as sexy as a Victoria's Secret model this summer. We asked "angels" Alessandra Ambrosio and Miranda Kerr for their best beauty and body-confidence secrets. Use their down-to-earth tips to feel like a bombshell at the beach.
Pick a suit you feel comfortable in
When it comes to finding the perfect swimsuit, it's more about comfort than trends. No one knows this better than Brazilian-born Alessandra. "In my country, swimsuits are practically a national uniform," she says. "It doesn't matter what you wear, it's how you wear it."
Pick a style you can rock with confidence. And if you're one size on top and another on the bottom—like most women—pick a store where they sell separates. "One of the hottest swimsuit styles of the season is a halter top, which gives you a little lift up top. But go for what you like or you'll never feel sexy," Alessandra says.
Fit in exercise whenever you can
An athlete all her life—growing up in Australia, she played basketball and did gymnastics—Miranda has always been active. "I don't do it so much for what's on the outside as for what's on the inside. I just know that when I exercise, I'm more energized and productive." Although she hasn't had time for team sports in a while ("I have literally worked six days a week, barring Christmas, for months," she says), she squeezes in at least a bit of yoga every day. "Sometimes you'll even find me doing down dog or sun salutations between shots!"
Indulge in moderation
Even supermodels splurge—but in moderation. "I'd say I'm 80 percent organic and 20 percent indulgent," admits Miranda. She loves juicing (blending spinach, carrots, beets, and ginger) and indulges in a good steak when she's feeling run down.
Try this to nix puffiness
What about those days when the last thing you want to do is slip on a suit? When Alessandra feels puffy, her strategy is to avoid carbs and load up on fruit, salad, lean meat (like chicken), and tons of water. Her secret weapon: fresh watermelon juice.
Let your mind take the lead
When it comes to body confidence, Miranda is a big proponent of mind over matter. "Sure, it's easy for me to say that as a model, but whoever you are, you can choose to focus on your best assets," says Miranda. "Embrace what you've got. Acceptance gives off good energy, and there isn't a person alive who isn't attracted to that. A fabulous suit and a touch of self-tanner don't hurt either!"