Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star Brooks Nader has unveiled the training courses she claims to stay in top form – while opening up to how she prepared for her debut shoot for the iconic magazine.
The amazing 22-year-old, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, told DailyMail.com that her typical training routine sees her boxing, a hobby she appreciates to help her & # 39; voted & # 39; to stay and its & # 39; endorphins & # 39; to keep going. .
Brooks admitted that she initially thought she had to lose weight to make it into the industry, but said that working with the magazine has authorized her the & # 39; best version & # 39; wanting to become herself, whatever she strives for when she works – instead of trying to reach a certain size.
Fit! Sports Illustrated model Brooks Nader, 22, has revealed the different ways she stays in shape, including the typical workouts she does and her usual eating habits
Training! The 22-year-old model, who made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut this year, said she regularly completes boxing training with Rob Piela (L) at Gotham Gym in New York
The 22-year-old model, chosen from 10,000 hopeful people who will appear in the issue this year as part of the magazine Model search, admitted that when she started modeling, she felt a pressure to train to lose weight.
Brooks, who now goes against the other five Model Search finalists, hoping to be the winner this year, claims that the exercise now benefits her in different ways, both mentally and physically.
She said: I feel that when I started, I felt like I needed to train to lose weight, but now I do it to relieve stress, strengthen my body and clear my head. & # 39;
Fun: Brooks, originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said she also & # 39; occasionally & # 39; attend hip-hop dance lessons in a studio in the city
The Louisiana resident said her typical workout sees her boxing in a gym in New York City, where she moved from Louisiana in 2017.
& # 39; I love boxing! I have been training with Rob (Piela) at Gotham Gym since I moved to NYC and I have found that it really helps to strengthen, strengthen and sustain my endorphins, which is my main goal! & # 39; she said.
Brooks said she also & # 39; occasionally & # 39; attend hip-hop lessons in a dance studio in the city.
But despite her efforts to train regularly, Brooks said going to the gym to work up sweat is often the last thing she wants to do after a busy day of photography.
& # 39; I'm always scared to go, but once it's over, I feel great! & # 39; She admitted.
& # 39; I've been training more since I started modeling, it's a great way to relieve stress. If I've had a long day, I'll just put it in the boxing ring, & she added.
Brooks credits her friends, family and colleagues with the feeling of staying motivated, not just with her training, but in & # 39; all areas & # 39; of her busy life.
She said: & I think the people I surround myself with are super motivating and that keeps me on the right track, which is very important to stay focused and motivated in all areas of life! & # 39;
When it comes to her diet, the model says she's not too hard on herself in terms of what she eats, admitting that she will ever have a & # 39; strange relationship & # 39; had to eat.
& # 39; I try to stay as far away from sugar and dairy as possible, but if I'm hungry, I will certainly satisfy it & # 39 ;, she said.
Fight: Brooks admitted she was a & # 39; strange & # 39; had a relationship with food when she started modeling because she felt she would & # 39; starve herself & # 39; to be a model
Fortunately: Brooks praised the magazine for allowing women to embrace & # 39; who they are & # 39 ;, for admitting she didn't feel any pressure to lose weight before her shoot
& # 39; I have the whole & # 39; I experienced crash diet when I first started modeling and had a strange relationship with my weight and food and thought it hurt me, both mentally and physically.
& # 39; Each & # 39; diet & # 39; where a person goes under, should just consist of healthy eating, but don't beat yourself up if you want to satisfy that fried chicken hunger – I'm southern anyway, & # 39; she added.
Empowered: Brooks, as seen when she announced her participation in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, said working with the magazine has authorized her & # 39; the best version & # 39; to be of themselves
Brooks had previously admitted that she did not feel pressured to lose weight from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit team before she started photographing, and praised the magazine for allowing women to embrace & # 39; who they are & # 39 ;.
& # 39; SI has changed the conversation, actually opened the conversation, about women who embrace who they are and don't just fit into a form that the world is forcing us to fit in, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Look at the models in the SI Swimsearch, we all have different body shapes and sizes – what MJ Day and the SI team are doing resonates with me because beauty is really in the eye of the viewer and everyone of us as women is most beautiful when we are true to ourselves and together! & # 39;
Brooks added that the only pressure she exerted on herself before participating in her iconic magazine shoot was to & # 39; the best version & # 39; to be her own.
She explained: & # 39; SI gave me the power not to change myself, but to be the best possible version of me!
& # 39; That's what I'm aiming for when I'm training. It's a very different mindset, & she added.
But despite her current self-confidence, Brooks admitted that she wasn't always as happy in herself as she is now.
The model said that when she first started her journey in the modeling world, her self-confidence got a slap as a result of being regularly rejected for jobs, adding that she was & # 39; 99 percent of the time & # 39; .
She said: “Most agencies or clients thought I was too busty or busty, I was too short, I was too tall, especially for the NYC market, and I was told by so many people that I never modeled could succeed.
Growth: Brooks admitted that she wasn't always as happy with herself as she is now, because she said she didn't handle the rejection she received when she started modeling, & # 39;
Rising star: Model Brooks Nader, 22, is one of the new faces in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, chosen for the shoot by Christie Brinkley
& # 39; As a young, influenceable girl, I didn't handle it well and it really hurt my confidence, & # 39; she said.
However, after Brooks had gained confidence to go to the open-air bad conversation with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in Miami, he said that & # 39; everything & # 39; before her was changed.
She said she was & # 39; accepted & # 39; by many people, including the editors of MJ Day magazine and Christia Brinkley, for the way she looked natural.
& # 39; It really gave me the power and brought back my self-confidence, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; That's why everyone who wins the swimsuit competition is all winners, as far as I'm concerned, it has empowered all of us women and disturbed the perceptions that so many in our industry have that ideal label of what & # 39; acceptable beauty & # 39; is, put, & # 39; she said.
Brooks previously identified himself as a & # 39; tomboy & # 39; when she grew up and admitted that she liked to play in team sports. However, she said that her busy schedule in the Big Apple meant that she no longer took part in them.
But the model said her new hectic lifestyle and modeling career in itself is a team sport.
& # 39; Since I have been in the SI swimming issue, my life has changed and so many doors have been opened – if it is a worldwide film premiere, meeting the best fashion editors and now collaborating with other legendary photographers.
& # 39; My new team sport is the team I now have around me and the sport is navigating this new incredible path that has opened, & # 39; she said.
Her new & # 39; path & # 39; has also seen her continue to audition and act in films, and try to break into the fashion world.
& # 39; I love my new version of Team Brooks sports – this would not have been possible without MJ Day and the SI Swimsearch & # 39 ;, Brooks added, who previously told DailyMailTV that she thought she was destined for a & # 39; boring & # 39; career in finance.
Surprise: the 22-year-old said she thought she was destined to make a career in the financial world, and that she never wanted to plan a modeling career
& # 39; I honestly couldn't believe it & # 39 ;, Brooks told DailyMailTV last month about her debut in the magazine, adding that this wasn't even an honor she had dared dream of, because she thought her future lay in finance, not in modeling.
& # 39; I wasn't going to be a model, I went to college, I thought I was going to do OK, boring like finance, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I was a total tomboy who grew up, I loved sports and never really thought about modeling & # 39 ;, she added.
But that interest in sports is what Brooks first introduced to Sports Illustrated – although the model did not focus so much on the issue of the bathing suit, it first saw the publication because her sporting family members would read it.
However, after breaking into the modeling scene a few years ago, Brooks decided that she would enter the magazine's Model Search, launched a few years ago, and see thousands of young women coming in hoping for a coveted spot in the issue to reach.
But even though she had a few laps under her belt, the local Louisiana never thought she would be chosen from the masses of models in the search.
& # 39; I remember looking around and seeing all these beautiful girls, and I thought: oh no, & # 39; she admitted. But it turned out that she could not have been wrong anymore.
Brooks was not only chosen as one of the six models chosen to appear in the magazine – with Christie who her as her & # 39; favorite model & # 39; from the competition.
& # 39; Christie is the icon of a superwoman for Sports Illustrated, but frankly I was so, you are gorgeous &, "Brooks said about her first meeting with the 65-year-old.
& # 39; When I think of Sports Illustrated, I think of the icons such as Paulina (Porizkova) that are in it again this year, and Christie. & # 39;
Power Player: Brooks admitted that she didn't think she had a chance in Model Search, and that she was & # 39; when she was chosen & # 39; couldn't believe it & # 39;
Shock: & # 39; I remember looking around and seeing all these beautiful girls, and I thought: oh oh no, & # 39; she admitted
Preparing for the shoot, Brooks said she didn't feel as busy as people would think, explaining that both Christie – who appeared nine times in the magazine, including three cover shoots – and editor MJ Day helped her feel comfortable in her skin.
& # 39; I didn't give myself a diet, which was great, & # 39; she said. & # 39; That's what Sports Illustrated is doing this year, it breaks perceptions. & # 39;
Icon: Christie Brinkley, 65, pictured last month in New York, hand-picked Brooks to appear in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition after seeing her at the magazine's Model Search
According to the model, when she was chosen to appear in the magazine, she was told that she should not change her body – on the contrary.
& # 39; (MJ) said this is the you we want, & # 39; Brooks revealed. & # 39; (she said), & # 39; We don't ask you to lose 20bs for a shoot, we want you, we want you the way you are. We want these Brooks. & # 39; & # 39;
However, she did not always get such positive reinforcement – and admits that at the start of her career she was not sure if she had to lose weight to be successful.
& # 39; In the beginning I had a strange relationship with food, I thought I had to starve myself for (modeling)? & # 39; she explained before explaining that she & # 39; pretty healthy & # 39; eat because she wants to feel good in her own skin, but that her shoot with Sports Illustrated has taught her that she doesn't have to panic about eating wild diets.
Brooks is not the only one who has these perceptions about the industry – and specifically about Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – and that is something the magazine is trying to change this year with its Shattering Perceptions theme.
In addition to the reassuring model that they want them to look as real and comfortable as possible, the editors of the magazine have also worked hard to cast a varied group of women on the pages, by tagging some angry stars. – including Hunter McGrady and Veronica Pome & # 39; e – and with Halima Aden as the first model to ever pose in a burkini.
Hunter, 26, also previously revealed to DailyMail.com that MJ does not really cast the women in swimwear, but instead tries to know their personality, to ensure that they are suitable for the magazine as people – rather than as photos & # 39; s.
Special moment: Brooks admitted that she was crying when she first saw herself in the magazine, explaining that the night before it came out resembled & # 39; Christmas Eve & # 39;
Future: & # 39; I want to work on so many other things outside of modeling and see what other girls have done, is so inspiring & # 39 ;, Brooke said.
& # 39; One thing people don't know about MJ is that they don't bring bathing suits, & # 39; Hunter said.
& # 39; Many people think that MJ literally only raises the body, the face, but she is so much more than that. It is the person first and foremost.
& # 39; It's how you are, what else do you have, because (MJ) knows that we are so much more than beautiful girls.
& # 39; We are all beautiful girls, but we all have something behind us, we have a platform, we have things we do, and it is as if she recently said: we are the CEO & we are the mothers, we run businesses, we are not just models, we are so much more than that, & she added.
That idea is certainly something that appeals to Brooks, who said she is grateful not only to be included in such an iconic publication, but also for the opportunities it creates for his stars – many of whom have used Sports Illustrated Swimsuit as a launching platform for phenomenally successful careers, both in modeling and beyond.
& # 39; I want to work with so many other things outside of modeling, and seeing what other girls have done is so inspiring & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Sports Illustrated does that for girls, it gives them the opportunity to do so much more, and that's great. & # 39;
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