(NEW YORK) — Victoria’s Secret Angel and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio revealed that she had botched plastic surgery at just 11 years old.
“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 in Brazil who had only done it once before, so I was a guinea pig,” the Brazilian beauty told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit. “The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year, I had to go back for mini-surgeries.”
The experience was so bad that now, Ambrosio, 32, won’t have another procedure, even to fix the botched one.
“Doctors say they can fix them, but cosmetic surgery freaks me out now,” she added.
Ambrosio became engaged to businessman Jamie Mazur in 2007 and the couple has two children Anja, 5, and Noah, 19 months. The model also opened up about her troubles dropping weight after having her first baby.
“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,” she said. “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 became pregnant with Anja I really went for it with food.”
She admits she gained 60 pounds during her first pregnancy and started seeing a trainer six times a week and eating only 1,500 calories a day.
“I [was] so excited one day because it said that I was going to have a hamburger. I was at a barbecue and when I opened up the burger box, the bun was as thick as a piece of lettuce. My friends laughed their heads off,” she said.
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