Alessandra Ambrosio has admitted she was nervous when she heard she had been chosen to model the $2.5million Floral Fantasy Bra Gift Set in the Victoria's Secret catwalk show this year.
Though it is considered a highly-coveted privilege for any of the lingerie giant's Angels, the supermodel, 31, had only given birth to her son Noah three weeks earlier, and the news, in late May, put her under immense pressure to get back into shape.
In a new interview, she toldPeople.com that she had been breastfeeding when she took the call.
Runway-ready: Supermodel mother-of-two Alessandra Ambrosio models the Floral Fantasy Bra Gift Set, designed exclusively for Victoria's Secret by London Jewelers
'I just wanted to scream,' she said. 'But I won’t lie, I was really worried. I was in total mother mode.'
The mother-of-two, who is married to businessman Jamie Mazur, revealed that she had to seek permission from her doctor before she started working out again.
Once she had the go-ahead, she began with yoga and walking for the first two months, later adding spin classes and pilates to the mix.
The lifestyle in LA, where she and her family spent the summer, also helped her tone up.
'I was playing a lot of volleyball on the beach, swimming and running after my kids. And breastfeeding always helps.'
'I was playing a lot of volleyball on the beach, swimming and running after my kids,' she said. 'And breastfeeding always helps.'
Diet, of course was also key, and it certainly helped that she ate clean foods such as fresh green juices, kale salads and fish throughout her second pregnancy.
Treats were not completely off the menu though: 'My daughter [Anya, four] loves cupcakes so we’ll share… but only sometimes!' she said.
The Floral Fantasy Bra Gift Set, designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by New Jersey-based London Jewelers, features a Very Sexy push-up bra studded with amethysts, sapphires and rubies, with a floral 20-carat diamond centrepiece.
In mother mode: The supermodel pictured yesterday with baby son Noah and daughter Anya, four, at a pumpkin patch in LA
It is worn with a delicate belt, strung across the midriff, which sparkles with a further 5,200 precious stones.
'It was perfect for me,' Ms Ambrosio said 'I felt they made it for me. It’s very romantic.'
And now, with her body back on runway form, she is not even nervous anymore.
'I’m pretty calm,' she told People. 'I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.'