New Moms Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková Return to the Runway

11/23/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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After taking maternity leave, two familiar faces returned to this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway: Adriana Lima and Karolína Kurková.

“Coming back this year is quite exciting,” Lima, who welcomed daughter Valentina last November, tells Access Hollywood.

However, her return wasn’t quite smooth sailing; The “long road” of bouncing back after baby was filled with plenty of speed bumps.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to lose the baby weight,” Lima, 29, admits.

“To find time to go to the gym with sleepless nights is not easy — trust me. Every time Valentina would take a nap, I would go to the gym. So 50 pounds later, I’m here!”

Equally thrilled to be strutting her stuff on the catwalk once again, Kurková — who welcomed son Tobin Jack, now 13 months — is doing so with a whole new outlook on life.

“It’s kind of fun doing it from a new perspective — as a mother,” she says. “Not just as a young woman, but as a young woman who has a family, who has a son, who has a husband.”

Joking that she has transformed into “this powerful mama who can deal with anything, do everything,” Kurková, 26, is ready to tackle it all. “I take care of the house, I cook, I work, I walk the runway.”

After all, she adds, donning her wings is all in a day’s work.

“I said to my son this morning, ‘Mommy’s gonna be an angel for a day and then she’s gonna be right back, okay?'” she laughs.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, featuring performances by Katy Perry and Akon, airs Nov. 30 on CBS.

— Anya Leon

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Barb on

Not to sound mean or anything, but these two aren’t very pretty in modeling terms. It must be that their bodies are banging because face wise, yuck.

tink1217 on

Barb…they both photograph extremely well…and Lima is actually gorgeous..its not a very good pic of her above..just take a look at a VS catalog.. And yes…their bodies are amazing!!

t on

Wow Barb, I would love to see your “banging body” and “gorgeous face”. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, because I (and millions of others) think that both of these women are truly striking in the face.

Catca on

I’m just jealous she has time to go to the gym when her baby is napping. I had a baby last February and when he’s napping I have to take advantage of that time to work. Not that she didn’t have it tough losing the baby weight and good for her for doing it, but she has no idea how easy she had it if she could work out during naps.

Mallory on

All I can say is it’s nice to have a model say that she really had to work at losing the weight, and that it didn’t just fall off of her the week after she gave birth. It makes her seem a little more “normal”.

Mira on

Barb, I disagree, partially. Adriana Lima has a very beautiful face, IMHO.

Alice on

Catca, working out IS her job. Her body is her job.

Nancy on

I actually think that Karolina is prettier in the face than Adriana. Look at the Victoria Secret show and you will see what I mean.

Maria on

That’s not the best photo, but Adriana Lima is GORGEOUS. She is so exotic and strikingly beautiful. I rarely think people are gorgeous. Adriana is one of the few women I’ve seen who really blow me away.

kristan on

Barb, I agree with you. They are pretty, but not drop dead gorgeous.

Sat on

Thank you, Alice!

Sandra on

Barb, I have to agree with you – Was actually thinking the exact same thing!

Jill on

So glad to see I am not the only one who thinks this…..I have never found Adriana to be gorgeous as a model standards.

Elena on

Catca, don’t feel bad, I also had a baby in Feb and still struggling with the weight loss but we can’t compare celebs to us, they have money and time and all sorts of help to make them look good. I know they have to work out hard and everything but come on, they have private trainers and chef and nanny to take care of the kid and the most important thing they have TIME!!!! So yeah they kinda have it easy. But we can feel good about ourselves cause when we get back in shape we actually did it all by ourselves 🙂

Adriana is gorgeous by the way, she looks a bit tired in this pic though.

Tallie on

I think everyone is attractive to different people . I honestly think Adriana Lima is one of the most attractive people in the world , at the moment (in terms of all the famous people).Also, Kurkova is extremely photogenic, as well as having one of those faces that aren’t necessarily traditionally beautiful, but that are striking & can be made into something striking when photographed. I don’t really find Kurkova astoundingly attractive, but there is something about her, as how else would she be so effective?

Plus, the photo of Lima isn’t the best ; one must also remember that even though these are ”models” with money etc, they are still human beings & no one is perfect. She is a mother who has to get up in the middle of the night & try to soothe a crying baby just like the rest of us . She isn’t working out in between daughter’s naps to look good – she has to work out, because if she doesn’t, she doesn’t have the body she needs for her job, and if she doesn’t have the body, she doesn’t have a job – no income from her side. Her working out is the same as a doctor who has to study , or a writer writing in between their lives – it’s what she has to do for her income . Even though these women have partners, they might have to be independent or they might be supporting other people.

Lilianne on

Most successful models are not classically pretty, anyway. They are striking and interesting looking but not necessarily beautiful. It isn’t really a matter of being beautiful but of being able to take beautiful pictures..and to make clothes look amazing. 🙂

Nancy on

What I have found works for me is to purchase an exercise tape (I suggest P90X or Insanity) and spend 40 minutes working out in your own home. You don’t have to go to a gym to work out. I tell myself everyday that if I have time to watch tv, I have 30 minutes to work out.

Jill on

If their jobs were not models, I don’t feel people would be commenting.

Nancy, that is great, but P90x is an extremely hardcore workout. Is it not?

Nancy on

Yes, but you go at your own pace. Lots of people who are not in shape start out slowly with it, do as many reps as they can and work up to it. It is a marathon, not a sprint.

Kimi2321 on

IMO VS Models from the 80’s and 90’s were better looking. Adriana is prettier than Karolina. I think Karolina has a butter, just my opinion though.

Kristin on

Wow, some nasty, catty comments here ladies. And who wants to bet anyone saying rude things would be put to shame lookswise if they happened to stand next to Adriana or Karolina? Why can’t women support each other? So sad.

Lilianne on

I should also add that I think these women are very beautiful in addition to being wonderful models.

Nancy on

Kristin, their jobs are to be models!! Are you judged by how you do your job? People are judged all the time for their dancing, acting, cooking, managing etc….. They chose to be models, therefore they are judged by their looks and whether or not their employers think they can SELL a product. None of us are trying or getting paid to be models!

jessicad on

When you say “yuck” it comes off as jealousy and extremely childish, and really just plain mean.

Kimi2321 on

I don’t see how it’s “catty”. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I happen to disagree with yours, that makes me catty? The one great thing in life, is I have learned that it is a good thing for people to have different opinions. I usually don’t comment, I like to just read. But I get really tired of the people who don’t agree with everyone else getting bashed on. Sorry, but last I checked it said “add a comment” , not “agree with everyone… OR ELSE!”.
The first poster didn’t swear or get upset. She stated her opinion and even said “not to be mean”.

Last I checked, these ladies are in the public eye. We don’t all have to like them. If they expected EVERYONE to gush about how beautiful they are, then they are in the wrong profession.

Hea on

Actually they both have pretty typical supermodel faces. Unique and special.

ecl on

It doesn’t matter if you say “not to be mean” if you then say “yuck” about their faces. A simple, I don’t find their faces attractive would suffice.

Jill on

Jealousy always gets brought up and isn’t true! Their job is to be model and they got the job by being perceived as beautiful. So, it is the equivalent of someone saying a singer can’t sing.

CelebBabyLover on

Jill- It may not be true for you, but perhaps some people commenting really ARE jealouse!

Elena- Not all celebs have all the things you mentioned!

Kimi2321- “I think Karolina has a butter”. What do you mean by that? I’m really confused!

CelebBabyLover on

I think both women are beautiful….But I think Adriana would look even better without all that make-up!

MiB on

I agree with Hea here! What a lot of people don’t seem to get is that these women are runway models, they are hired because they have striking looks and can move in a way that looks good on the runway, not because they are pretty or look like miss Universe (just as most misses could never work a runway). They each have very striking features, but they also have very different features, which somewhat clash in the picture (they would probably not have been placed next to each other in a photo shoot), but ´that doesn’t take away from them, that they are both beautiful women, each in her own right.

Kasee on

Karolina has a “butter”? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! She has a gorgeous face and body. The idea is to be gorgeous and UNIQUE, not like every other random cookie cutter girl with too much eyeliner and a fake tan. Her nose is her distinguishing feature, but I think it really works for her. I’d encourage some people to broaden what “beautiful” means…