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Bar Refaeli on Diet and Exercise

SI Cover Model Bar Refaeli on Health and Happiness

The cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a coveted one among models, and this year Bar Refaeli landed the job to entice subscribers before they've even flipped to page one. In a word, the Israeli bombshell looks incredible in a seemingly effortless photo shoot on the beach.

SI interviewed its 2009 cover girl and asked her if she pays attention to diet and exercise, "or is it all natural," and Bar's answers suggest she embraces moderation in both areas. She exercises when she has a break in her busy schedule, and regarding food she said, "Well, I love food and I love feeling healthy so I do try to pay attention to nutrition, I think I am pretty good at it, but at least once a week I will have fries and a burger!"

So, a lot of what we see is "natural" and the result of amazing genes, but it's obvious she does her best to maintain her physique by fitting in workouts when she has time, and making smart food choices most of the time.

To find out how Bar defines happiness,


The model mused, "Happiness is when you love who you are and you are able to accept yourself and others." She's right that a positive self-image and confidence are big pieces of being a happy person. Despite the fact that most of us don't picture ourselves on the cover of SI in a bikini, we can all strive to do a better job at self-acceptance.

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austerity austerity 8 years
Yup, size 6 is perfectly healthy, even on a tall frame like hers. I think she's super duper beautiful but this is not her best shot. She looks a bit like Anna Kournikova here (whom I don't like!)
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
Actually I just read an article and she's a size 6, with very reasonable measurements 35-25-35. Of course that's stretched out over a much taller frame than my 5'4 self ;)
GratefulOne GratefulOne 8 years
I like Bar because she looks like a size 4 instead of a 0, and she has curves! I think she works out a little more than she claims to though :-)
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
Supermodels aren't really the kind of people to take 'advice' from re: how to look good. That would be like taking advice from Einstein on how to be a genius.
yasume yasume 8 years
She isn't as thin as some the others. Actually, its the high fashion models that are just stick thin and young. Sports Illustrated is a men's magazine so naturally they would have a curvy model on the cover.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
What a body! I saw Bar on Letterman last week, and really like her. She has a cute personality, and I like what she said about happiness. I also like how she's more of a curvy model, compared to the stick thin ones.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
Of course she's all natural, she has good genes! She doesn't need to do a damn thing to look hot. Not freakin fair.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
she's got fab curve!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Models irritate me for some reason. They are all like, 6 feet tall, so most of them probably DON'T have to work too hard to maintain a fairly thin frame. Plus, a lot of them smoke and drink lots of coffee to suppress their appetites, which is definitely not healthy. I don't have any envy of those women that "never have to work out" to maintain their figures and can eat "whatever they want"...I think I'd rather pay attention to what I put in my body and work out to earn my figure.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
She seems normal to me, unlike some of the previous SI girls. to clarify, I mean super hot normal, but not plasticized or too skinny.
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
I love that they put a curvy hourglassy girl on the cover. So many models are so thin and have no waists, it's nice to see one that looks more like a real women.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Ok well I seriously doubt I could have a burger and fries once a month, much less once a week and have this body. No matter how many miles I put in on the treadmill. She's damn lucky then. :shrug:
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well it's good to know that she's honest about how she's mindful about what she eats but she also allows herself to enjoy things from time to time. that's a great thing!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I like her definition of happiness. Very true :) I'm not sure if she smokes or not
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Doesn't she smoke? If yes, she arguably unhealthy.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great attitude...
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
I love her!! She's beautiful & this is a great issue... the body painting is so cool
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