“I’m still not confident in a bathing suit!” Upton, 24, tells Yahoo! Style. “That’s why you eat healthy and work out, to feel your best. You always have struggles. It’s not like I always feel my best. Everybody has moments where they don’t feel confident in a bikini … When I don’t feel my best, that’s OK.”
“Honestly, because coming from the fashion world, weight — when I first started modeling — was very important. How much you weighed, how much you needed to lose, whatever it was,” she says. “[Agents] insinuated, always.”
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But she didn’t bother agonizing over her weight, then or now.
“I’m not trying to be fit for a number on a scale,” Upton says. “Whenever I’m happiest, I try to maintain that. I don’t need a number.”
Upton says she doesn’t restrict herself.
“Anytime you take something away, you’re always going to miss it and want it,” she says. “I try to eat healthy and work out and keep up a healthy lifestyle. But if I want a treat, I allow myself that freedom.”
Plus, with intensive workouts five to six times a week, Upton says she has a little wiggle room with her diet.
“I weight train, which also really helps raise my metabolism and gives me the ability to enjoy food.”