Alessandra Ambrossio may have a perfect body, but that's not what's most important to her.
The supermodel, who covers Self magazine's June 2014 issue, revealed in her recent interview everything from her favorite bikini workout to how she would like her 5-year-old daughter, Anja, to be raised.
The Victoria's Secret model, looking stunning in a white cover-up, surprisingly admitted that she did not start working out until after giving birth to her first child.
“When I started with Victoria’s Secret at 21, I never worked out," the mother of two confessed. "Then when I got pregnant with my daughter, I gained about 60 pounds and had to walk the Victoria's Secret show three months later," she recalled. "That was the first time I had to really fight to get my body back into shape.”
One way the mom gained her famous figure back was through ab exercises, which she shares are the most important when it comes to being in a bikini.
“When you’re in a bikini, your abs are the most important," Ambrossio said. To stay in shape, the brunette said, "I like doing bridges, and I’ll also finish a workout with 100 bicycle crunches."
Another area the 33-year-old focuses on is her back. "I’ll do three sets of 25 Supermans," she revealed. "I don’t really do much for my arms; throwing my kids in the air helps already. Plus, as a Brazilian, I know the last thing a man is going to look at—even after your feet—is your arms!”
Though looking good is an important component of Ambrosio's career, the model says there's more to life that that.
"Having a perfect body isn't everything," the model admitted. "I want my daughter to be nice, have a good education and be disciplined. That’s what makes people like her. A perfect butt doesn’t make an amazing person. It’s about feeling confident.”
Self's June 2014 issue hits newsstands on May 27.