Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio is The Edit's latest cover star. Posing for some summery photos on the beach and also speaking to the magazine about her life, the model candidly admits that she once had plastic surgery on her ears and it was a terrifying experience because the pain was intense and it felt as though her ears had been cut off:
"I always knew I wanted to be a model so I decided to have my ears pinned back, because they stuck out a bit. I found this doctor in my hometown [of Erechim] in Brazil who had only done it once before, I was a guinea pig. The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year I had to go back for mini-surgeries. Doctors say they can fix them but cosmetic surgery freaks me out now."
Speaking on her body bouncing back after giving birth, Alessandra admits that it took longer than expected:
"I knew that I had the [Victoria's Secret Fashion Show] after having [my first child Anja] - and actually I was expecting my body to go back quicker. People kept telling me that I would bounce back straight away, but a week after giving birth I still had that balloon belly. It was the first time in my life that I had to diet. Before I had my kids, if I gained one or two pounds I would just eat salad and it would be OK. But when I got pregnant with Anja I really went for it with food. I gained 60lbs, so I had a lot to lose."
On her future plans to build herself an empire:
"Hopefully one day I'll have an empire. When I started modeling at 15, after modeling school, I thought it would all be over for me by 19, but that's just not the case anymore."
Alessandra is careful about nudity even though Brazil is a very sexual country:
"Brazil is a very sexual country. Women are always showing their boobs and butts on the beach. And I've been careful: even if I did Playboy, I wouldn't want to do something that looks vulgar. I would have to discuss it with my family and make sure it was artistic. Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour did it and they made me want to model."