Hannah Davis graces the cover of Health magazine in a racy red bikini photo and opens up about diet and body image. The Sports Illustrated model also speaks her mind on Photoshopping and whether or not her photos have been retouched and what she thinks of them.
The 25-year-old is also known as a judge on ‘Project Runway Junior’ and, as the fiance of retired New York Yankee star Derek Jeter. She’s also no stranger to sexy bikini photo shoots, having covered ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue last year in a daring and skimpy bikini, which she tantalizingly pulled down the bottom half, flirting with censorship and controversy.
This time around, covering ‘Health’ magazine, she’s stunning once again, revealing a well-toned body. And that’s among the topics she’s asked about in the interview. She speaks about making the transition from playing tennis in her native St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the adjustments she had to make when she first began pursuing her modeling career.
She told the publication, “When I was playing tennis, I was 15 and in the best shape of my life, so I ate whatever I wanted. When I moved to New York [to model], my body started changing because I was no longer playing tennis and training like I used to, and I was away from home for the first time. So I was like, “Oh, I’ll just order pizza every night.”
She went on to speak of the weight gain of approximately 15 pounds, saying, “It looked so silly on me; I was a bloated version of myself ‘I tried as hard as I could to maintain a modelesque body type, but I realized I had grown out of it.”
Continuing, she said, “It just wasn’t attainable anymore because it’s not what my body wanted to do. My agents wanted me to do Fashion Week in Milan, and I knew I didn’t look like the rest of the girls. I credit my mom because she always told me, ‘Oh, if they don’t want you, who cares? You’ll find someone who does.'”
She is fortunate indeed, as we’ve seen what can happen in an industry that demands a certain body type at all costs. And for the vast majority, the catwalk standards are simply dangerously unattainable. Thankfully, Davis did not cave in and while she may not have found success runway model, ‘Sports Illustrated’ and ‘Maxim’ have welcomed her physique.
As she reveals, she continues to maintain that same stance. She said, “You get a little backlash once in awhile – maybe they want you to slim down for something. But now it’s like, “Sorry, I don’t care. If you don’t want to work with me, that’s OK with me.”
Continuing, she added, “It’s not a cocky thing; I’m just more concerned with my quality of life. I don’t want to go to birthday parties and not eat cake, and I think that has made me in better shape in some ways.”
And of course, as we know what we see in magazines may not reflect the true reality and so she asked if she had been Photoshopped. Hannah Davis said, “Yes, many times—but I won’t tell you, because I’ll never work again!”
She went on to say, “But it’s not a big deal; maybe they just wanted it a little bit more airbrushed-looking, and that’s their style. I’ve never had anyone alter my face. They’ve only sort of smoothed things out.”
She added, “I think you look like a Barbie doll when they erase the wrinkles under your eyes. I don’t mind if there’s a crease when I smile. They’re just creases.”
As for her fiance Derek Jeter and their upcoming wedding day, she said, “I’m chill. I just want it to be a fun day, not all the fuss. I don’t want to go overboard – it’s not about the place settings. I won’t get stressed-out about that, ’cause I could[n’t] just care less.” She said of the gorgeous diamond engagement ring, “”I love it. I just can’t stop staring at it.”
You can see more of the interview including some of her beauty and fashion tips here. Check out Hannah Davis’ Health magazine cover and inside photos below!