Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio

Last week, it was announced that Sara Sampaio would be the newest angel for Victoria’s Secret…but we already knew how awesome she was. I mean, the girl digs skittles, pancakes and pizza…how could we not love her? Like any great foodie though, this model is all about balance – that healthy medium between retox and detox. We plugged Sampaio for ab workouts (learn to do her favorite here), bikini ready summer tips, and the beauty products she can’t live without…


From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

I would start my day with pancakes and a strawberry and banana milkshake. For lunch, I might eat a salad with chicken, and a mid-afternoon snack would be a banana or some cookies. For dinner, maybe a Margarita pizza.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I try to workout twice a week. I don’t restrict myself from any food in my diet; I think it’s all about balance. I’m also very lucky with my genetics and metabolism. When it comes to beauty, I feel that hanging with people you love, laughing and doing silly things gets your spirits up. We are always prettier when we are happier.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines? 

I’ve been dealing with a little acne due to stress this past year. So in the morning I wash my face with Dr. Orentreich face wash, then I put some serum from Luzern on to combat imperfections, and I finish with a moisturizer from Luzern as well. I try not to use makeup if I’m not working, but if I have a casting or meeting, I’ll curl my lashes, put on mascara, cover any spots with Estée Lauder foundation, and apply some blush I have from Victoria’s Secret— but my favorite touch is an illuminizer I’m obsessed with from Jessica Hart’s new makeup line LUMA (and the highlighter is another favorite).

At night, I do the same process I did in the morning. First, I’ll use makeup remover to take off all my makeup— I like Crealine Water from Bioderma and the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. Then I wash my face and apply serum and moisturizer.

What beauty products are always in your bag? 

Lip balm. I must have like four different types of lip moisturizer in my bag!

What’s your diet and regimen seventy-two hours before a shoot? 

The same I have on a daily basis, but I might cut back on sweets like Skittles.

Some quick beauty/health tips to getting red carpet or black tie event ready in three days? 

Definitely cut back as much as you can on sugar and salt— for me they cause breakouts. Also, try to rest as much as possible, drink a lot of water and moisturize a lot.


What are your go-to weeknight recipes? 

Since I’ve moved to New York I barely cook. I order in almost every night — I’m lazy and Seamless just makes me more lazy.

Go-to healthy snacks on set… 

For me a snack is suppose to be unhealthy! I like having chips or popcorn when I’m on set.

Some quick bikini-ready summer tips… 

Get a workout partner; it’s easier to workout when you have company. And plank: The plank is the best ab exercise ever.

What are the best and worst foods/drinks for your skin? 

Water and Gatorade are the best for my skin, because it just hydrates me— fruit and veggies as well. The worst are definitely skittles, sugars and salt, but I love them!

How to make the perfect smoothie… 

Use both bananas and strawberries —  I love fruit and this is my favorite combination.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each? 

My hometown. I’m from Porto, Portugal, and it’s honestly my home. Home-cooked family meals are always the best. But, my favorite restaurant is called Arquinho do Castelo in Leca da Palmeira near Porto.

Advice to women looking in the mirror and getting dressed in the morning… 

Love yourself. Instead of focusing on something you dislike, repurpose that attention on the things you love about yourself. A positive thought in the morning changes the energy of your entire day.


*Sara Sampaio, photographed at Toro in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann. Sara wears a Helmut Lang blazer, Topshop top, Rag & Bone pants and Hermes boots.