Veteran Victoria’s Secret angels Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurkova are back on the fashion show catwalk this year after taking a year off to have children.
“Coming back this year is quite exciting,” Adriana told Access Hollywood backstage at the taping of the show on Wednesday. “It was a long road of waiting and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to lose the baby weight. My body structure was completely different [after having the baby].
“To find time to go to the gym with sleepless nights is not easy — trust me,” the 29-year-old Brazilian stunner added. “Every time [my daughter] Valentina would take a nap, I would go to the gym. So, 50 lbs. later, I’m here!”
Karolina, 26, said walking in the famed lingerie show feels completely different now that she’s a mom.
“Coming back [to the show] this year is kind of exciting because I had a break,” Karolina told Access. “I get to see everybody that I haven’t seen, and it’s kind of fun doing it from a new perspective — as a mother (not just as a young woman, but as a young woman who has a family, who has a son, who has a husband).”
Karolina said that after giving birth, something inside of a woman “just kind of switches” into an ultra-capable multi-tasking machine.
“You become this powerful big mama who can deal with anything, do everything,” the beautiful blonde told Access. “I take care of the house, I cook, I work, I walk the runway.
“I said to my son this morning, ‘Mommy’s gonna be an angel for a day, and then she’s gonna be right back, OK?’” Karolina laughed.
Noticeably absent from this year’s show was supermodel-mother Heidi Klum (who retired her angel wings in September) – someone both of the new moms deeply admire.
Adriana delivered a message for Heidi directly to our Access cameras, saying, “Heidi, I miss your smile! I have to say to you that you are my inspiration now!”
“After I had my baby girl, I [would] say, ‘[Heidi] made it so fast,’” Adriana added. “Sometimes she would have a baby and one month after she would be on the runway!”
Karolina echoed Adriana’s sentiments, saying, “We definitely miss Heidi. She’s been part of the show since I started.
“I know [Heidi] is here in spirit with us,” she added. “She’s wishing the best of luck to us and she’s moving on to her other things.”
Catch Adriana and Karolina in The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show when it airs on November 30 at 10 PM on CBS.