Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima explains her pre-show diet

Lima at the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show via Getty

Last week, Victoria’s Secret angel Adriana Lima pulled a surprise move for a model and revealed that she has to work really hard to achieve her runway physique. This should come as a surprise to no one because–despite what an army of publicists would have you believe–most people aren’t born a size 2 with a smoky eye and perfect beachy waves. …Unless you’re Chanel Iman, in which case you eat barbecue to prep.

What was a surprise, though? Lima’s diet was almost too draconian to be believed: beginning nine days before the show, she works out twice a day and consumes no solids. For the day before? Not even a drop of water.

Now, the model is defending her extreme diet by comparing herself to an athlete and offering the equivalent of “Don’t try this at home.” She says:

“Those teenagers out there, don’t go starving yourself or only drinking liquids. Don’t do that please… I know it’s very intense but … I just have an athlete’s mind and I appreciate doing this thing. It’s not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again.” [tagbox tag=”Adriana Lima”]

Lima’s kind of missing the point here. Although we’re still impressed with her candor, her confession reveals a glaring problem with the ideal put forth by Victoria’s Secret: these already genetically-blessed women have to forgo water to look this way. The fact of the matter is that women in the public eye shouldn’t have to go without solids for two weeks in order to be considered gorgeous.

Also! Although we don’t think one size 4/6 on the runway represents monumental change, we do think it’s progress, by which we mean: where the hell was Kate Upton?! The brand made a big deal out of signing the blonde back in April and we haven’t seen much of her since.

(Editor’s Note: Last time around we saw some commenters saying, “So what? This is what wrestlers do.” That may be true, but we had several friends growing up who were hospitalized for dehydration, starvation and bulimia… all to make weight for wrestling. So we’re not terribly receptive to the “This is what wrestlers do” argument but that’s just us.)