Doutzen Kroes Wows on the Runway 4 Months After Baby

12/03/2014 at 02:00 PM ET

Hot mama!

Only four months after giving birth to her second child, supermodel Doutzen Kroes, 29, flaunted her incredible post-baby body at the Victoria’s Secret Show in London.

The long-time angel showed off her killer curves, toned tummy and lengthy legs in a variety of sexy ensembles including a black corset and shimmery underwear and bra set.

Kroes — who welcomed daughter Myllena Mae with husband Sunnery James in July — got back into shape thanks to breastfeeding and training with Mary Helen Bowers, founder of Ballet Beautiful, a ballet-inspired fitness routine.

Doutzen Kroes Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
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In the two weeks leading up to the show, Kroes worked out with Bowers for up to two hours, five days a week.

“We stepped it up gradually from an hour and 15 minutes, three days a week, to four days to five,” Bowers tells PEOPLE. “We’d do a full mat workout — tons and tons of toning — and then at least 15 to 20 minutes of cardio work and standing ballet exercises, which gets the heart rate up but also keeps the muscles long and lean.”

Kroes wanted to target “mostly legs, butt and abs,” says Bowers. She adds: “Doutzen has a very athletic physique, so the main focus was adding definition and length, and to tone.”

Bowers, who has also trained Victoria’s Secret vets Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrósio, Karlie Kloss and Candice Swanepoel, worked out with Kroes in London the night before the show as well as the morning of to relieve stress and “add a little bit more definition.”

“Doutzen’s approach to exercise is really healthy. She works out really hard, and she eats really well,” says Bowers. “We tried to focus on getting her out on that stage not only looking beautiful, but feeling confident and sexy and strong.”

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Reason Able on

This is so completely reasonable for every woman. We really should encourage more of this in our society: look good, at all costs, and if you don’t, definitely accept nothing more than to feel inferior. Thank you PEOPLE for being such a bastion of wisdom on these matters. To highlight every mother who is perfectly svelte, and to remind that it only took a few days, weeks, hours, etc., is really very helpful. I can’t thank you enough, PEOPLE.

People are stupid on

Wow I wish I had two hours a day to workout. I’m lucky I get an hour away from my baby since he’s not a regular sleeper. I don’t have nannies or a parade of help either. My hubby works long hours to support us and I envy her ability to spend so much time on herself. She looks flawless and I am jealous! 8 months later and I still have baby fat to lose. Sigh.

Anonymous on

She looks good! Incredible.

Anne Ganrs on

Yes, these types of articles are downright mysogynistic. They only serve to place women’s bodies on parade and force is to compare ourselves to each other in order to feel inferior. Sick! Kroes should be ashamed to be part of this vicious cycle against women.

Erica on

Hey People. Stop promoting and glamorizing this garbage. This is not the way to “inspire” women. Since we are sensitive and intuitive creatures it will only make us feel inferior. You should think twice about articles like this.

Guest on

It’s her job. She gets paid a lot to do this job so her body shape has to be a major focus. If you’re not a super-model, you’re not expected to look like this or spend 10 hours a week in the gym – I know the media tries to convince us otherwise but seriously. She looks great – happy for her.

Meagan C on

It’s not that hard to drop the baby weight – unless you’ve truly packed it on during pregnancy. I had twins, gained 38 lbs and was back pre-preggo weight within 2 months without breastfeeding. Don’t hate.

sandy on

4 months, well you should be back in shape by then anyways, big deal, but she looks amazing

Beth on

PEOPLE, this is why I laugh when you suggest Taylor Swift looks like a VS Angel. No comparison! Doutzen is a gorgeous freak of nature 🙂

Sash on

She looks good…and healthy!

mna on

I’m sorry these stories are ridicolous.

Umm... point? on

So, 4 months after I gave birth, I went back to work, too. You should’ve seen my brain – I mean, it was really amazing. It was toned, strong, and healthy. It’s almost like I never gave birth! Grant it, I was kinda smart pre-baby, so I guess it’s no surprise that I was kinda smart post-baby, too. My point is that models/celebs are the only ones who look like models/celebs pre-baby and so I don’t understand why it’s a big news story when they look like models/celebs post-baby. Luckily, I didn’t have to spend 2 hours a day exercising my brain to prep for my return to work. I have a little extra in the middle now, and the stretch marks make me cringe, but at least I didn’t have to worry about getting fired from my career because I had a baby and it took a toll on my brain. If my livelihood was on the line, hell yeah I’d be in the gym 2 hours a day. But it’s not, and so I spent that time with my infant. So much hate and jealousy is out there when, honestly, I kinda feel bad for women whose careers could literally take a nose-dive just because they had a baby. They have to hit the gym and hit it hard, sacrificing time with their newborns in order to ensure re-entry into their professions and continued employment. People mag doesn’t help the situation by putting so much focus on the topic and, in some respect, I find it degrading and sexist. If People wrote an article describing how “fast” my brain worked or how I’m no stupider than I was before after I had a baby, it would be laughable. I agree that People needs to stop glorifying the fact that a woman went back to work 4 months after giving birth. With that being said, for all the haters out there hating on the models/celebs and calling them selfish, terrible parents because they spent time working out and eating right and/or dieting, again, if it was your career on the line, wouldn’t you? Instead of hating, you should be thankful that you weren’t in a similar situation. Moms are awesome. Women are awesome. More power to us, wherever we may be and whatever career we may have chosen!

Sandi on

She looks amazing! And quit harping on her. This is her job! It’s what she gets paid to do! And to try and say she’s not spending enough time with her baby is ridiculous. She could be working out when the baby is napping. Or not, the baby could be bonding with her husband, her mother or mother in law, or whoever. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you don’t get to take a couple hours a day for yourself. And this is coming from someone with 2 kids who is 15 pounds overweight. I have chosen not to work out up until recently. I could have easily found the time when my kids were babies. It doesn’t make me a bad mom and if she choses to take that time for herself, it doesn’t make her a bad mom either and her hard work has paid off! Plus I’m sure she has good genes as well.

The Truth on

These stories are encouraging and give inspiration to women to be healthy. As women, we are not hapless victims who needs constant protection from our emotions. We are able to see other women who are successful in various of their lives (career, marriage, health, lifestyle) and draw from that. So, enough with critical responses to these articles.

LOL on

1) Genetics 2) It’s her job to be physically fit.
Anyone else going back to work after maternity leave also has to prepare. For most, that means mental (e.g. research) preparation, for her it means physical preparation. I don’t slight her for putting in the time (and being away from her child) because this is what her career demands but at the same time sane women need to know that unless their job relies on their physical being, this is not expected of them. Are you an Olympic athlete? A model? No? Then work on your physique on a timeline that works with YOUR life choices.

FelicityJune on

Of course she has to get into shape asap. She is a model and earns her living with what she is doing. If she looked like the average Jane after giving birth, she wouldn’t even make a penny!! People should take it with a grain of salt, really!!

Anonymous on

sandy- Are you for real? No one in their right mind expects a woman to be back to her pre-baby self by four months postpartum (unless, of course, they’re a model like Doutzen!). Obviously it’s possible and there’s nothing wrong with trying to achieve that if that’s what you want. However, just as it takes nine months to put the weight on, it takes an average of nine months to take it all back off!

Hea on

How is it you never see a single stretch mark on a celebs belly?!

TC on

She liooks healthy and amazing. Great role model!

Zann on

She is amazing!

Ashley on

Beth: TOTALLY agree! Love Doutzen, she is beyond gorgeous!!

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Ginger on

I thought I saw some excess flesh just to the right, and a few inches down.

Ms Amber on

I wish People would add a disclaimer at the end of these stories. There is no way a lot of women could look like this four months after giving birth. After my last child, I ate healthy and started working out again as soon as I was healed, but did not have this body. Its very difficult when your main job does not include 5day a week workouts to look good in front of cameras.

eleash on

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Kay on

She looks spectacular. Recently the trend seems to be bashing mothers who get the body back right away, why is that any better than bashing mother who take their time? It’s an individual choice and we should be encouraging women to make their own choice and supporting them throughout the process.

Irish on

Ugh. Must be nice when you have money and nannies. And why would anyone want to leave their newborn to go to a gym? If anything, go hiking WITH your baby. I have to scramble to find sitters just to go to work! When I’m not doing that, I’m dragging kids to appointments or the grocery store and in between that (and laundry and cooking and cleaning), I try to find time to play with my kids, make sure school work is done, and oh yea…sleep! This is why guys have a warped way of thinking women should look like after kids. Gym? Yea ok I’ll go when I have time aka when my kids are grown!

Anonymous on

Irish- You could always bring your kids to the gym with you. Many now offer on-site daycare, not to mention classes and activities just for the rugrats! 🙂

Hea- I believe it’s called photoshop and/or make-up. 😉

Anonymous on

I’d also like to point out that nowhere in this article does it say Doutzen goes to the gym for her workouts. She could easily be doing them at home!

angie on

So happy for her. She looks good.

Anonymous on

She seems gained no weight at all.

SAM on

I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING NEGATIVE IN THIS ARTICLE.. OTHER THAN THE COMMENTS FROM PPL WHO FEEL THE NEED TO TAKE DOWN SOMEONE ELSES HARD WORK.

…SURE THE REST OF US DON’T HAVE 2 HOURS A DAY TO WORKOUT, BUT SHE DID AND FOUND A WAY TO MAKE A CAREER OUT OF IT… IT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED OUT FOR HER.

HATE JUST BREEDS HATE…

JUST BE A NICE.

GUEST on

I MUST’VE MISSED THE PART OF THIS ARTICLE WHERE THE MODEL MADE MEAN COMMENTS TO A STAY AT HOME MOM FOR NOT LOSING WEIGHT…. IS THAT WHY WE’RE MAD?

IT LOOKS LIKE SHE’S JUST BEING A MODEL… AND MODELING… PROBABLY SET A GOAL FOR HERSELF AND WORKED HARD TO ACHIEVE IT.

SAM on

…SURE THE REST OF US DON’T HAVE 2 HOURS A DAY TO WORKOUT, BUT SHE DID AND FOUND A WAY TO MAKE A CAREER OUT OF IT… IT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED OUT FOR HER.

HATE JUST BREEDS HATE…

JUST BE A NICE.

Pann on

Good for her. So perfect!