"I could never stop eating meat.... I'm not a good person to talk about diets. If I had to only eat salads, I'd kill myself!"
ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO, 26
"When I was 14 and 15, I was super-skinny. I did a lot of runway shows then. But I love food and I don't like doing runway shows. It's a reward not to have to!"
KAROLINA KURKOVA, 23
"Once, at a fitting, I couldn't get into a sample-size dress because it was so tiny. It was fitted on a 14-year-old girl, but they were like, 'Oh my God, Karolina! What's going on? You got fat!' That's crazy! I'm a size 4."
SELITA EBANKS, 24
"Two years ago I saw I got a little junk in the trunk. I loved it, but my agency didn't appreciate it as much. They sent me to the gym to tone it up."
ADRIANA LIMA, 25
"Now models are very, very skinny, but I refuse to lose weight. I look healthy and you can see that in my skin. Compare us to the other girls: They look pale, like they need a little carrot juice."
THE VICTORIA'S SECRET ANGELS DISHED WITH PEOPLE'S CHARLOTTE TRIGGS AND ERICKA SOUTER
"Of course there are always going to be clothes that don't fit, but I love it when people say they consider me voluptuous. I'm from Brazil! You know, in Brazil we like the curves, and there I'm actually considered too skinny. When I'm on the beach, believe me, not all the men find me attractive. I'm a tough girl and I don't get pressured easily, so I never really pay attention to what people say about my body."
"I could never give up chocolate, but my biggest indulgence is fried food. Brazilian things like empanadas? When I go to Brazil on vacation, that's what I eat. I'd probably never be a model if I would have to stop eating or suffer to work. But, of course, I work out a lot too. Before the Victoria's Secret fashion show, I'll do Brazilian butt lifts—a mix of capoeira, ballet, squats and that kind of stuff."
"There's always pressure in this industry. You really have to be strong because if you're healthy and you exercise, what else can you do? You cannot pretend if you're a size 6 to be a size 0, because that's not healthy. We all have different body types. When I started, I was only 16 and I was a little skinny stick. Not because I wasn't eating, but because I didn't have the curves yet. I didn't have any meat."
"I try to eat as healthy as I can, but it gets hard. You get off the red-eye, head straight to a fitting—most days I'm just grabbing whatever I can on the go. For breakfast today I actually ate a Steak, Egg & Cheese from McDonald's. My father would always say to me, 'Selita, you can't eat 10 pancakes. One day you're going to wake up and you're going to have to work out.' Now I do 50 squats a day."
"These curves have kept me from getting jobs, but I am not going to change. I know that I'm healthy and nobody can take that away from me. In Brazilian culture, people appreciate a curvy body. I mean real curves—a big bum. When I was younger I actually did a diet to gain weight. Now in fashion we love skinny girls. When somebody comes to you and they say, 'You are skinny,' you say, 'Oh, great, thank you!'"