I’ve always loved reading interviews with professional models about their personal health and beauty routines. How does someone whose job is, in large part, his or her body approach diet and exercise? What does it really take to be photoshoot-ready? What beauty products do a person who’s frequently in front of cameras use for hair and skincare? I’m always so curious, and couldn’t be more excited to share with you International Model Teresa Moore’s candid answers to all these questions and more.
First, a little background info on this beauty:
Originally from Tonga, Teresa moved to New Zealand as a child and now lives in New York. She’s modeled for Levis, Sephora, Neutrogena and L’Oreal, to name but a few, and she’s been on the covers of Shape, W and ELLE, in addition to countless editorials. Girl is the real deal!
Modeling aside, Teresa is a passionate foodie and self-described “spiritual junkie” who loves running, Pilates and healthy living. On her website, she lists her greatest personal achievement as “becoming a happier person,” which I love. I can’t even count how many times I’ve emphasized on this blog how invaluable I think happiness is to one’s overall health.
So without further ado, let’s hear from Teresa!
Q: Being “healthy” has a slightly different meaning for everyone. For you, what does it mean to live a healthy life?
Teresa: To me, being healthy means feeling and looking great in both body and mind. It means eating nourishing food that energizes you (veggie juices, fish, lean meat, veggies, fruit), and not over-stimulating (sugar) or sapping your energy (fried food and pizza). Also being able to feel I can approach anything in a good frame of mind because I am “holistically” being healthy by exercising, eating real and good food, and feeling empowered from meditation or learning or dealing with my emotions in a productive way.
In practical terms, it’s about going to a photoshoot at 6AM after a long flight and feeling beautiful and sexy all day, and being nice to other people by maintaining a balanced level of positive energy through all the daily challenges.
Q: What does your weekly workout schedule look like? Do you have a favorite type of fitness?
Teresa: I run 3-4 miles probably 4 days a week and do a really tough Pilates class once or twice a week. A hike on the weekend is also nice to do with friends.
Q: You’re a self-described foodie—do you have a go-to healthy recipe you like to make for yourself? (Check out Teresa’s food blog www.teresatastes.com!)
Teresa: I like making a Cinnamon on Tofu and Berries Bowl for a sweet treat for breakfast or afternoon snack. My go-to dinner is Oven Roasted Salmon with Anchovy, Rosemary Pesto (all handmade) on top of asparagus—to-die-for, easy … thank you, Jamie Oliver!
Q: If we were to open up your refrigerator right now, what would we see?
Teresa: A few crisp apples, strawberries, blueberries and an all-green juice. I don’t cook often and never buy groceries because I will always eat fresh and travel too much to use the groceries!
Q: You also love restaurants—what are a couple of your favorites? And do you have any tips for making healthy food choices when dining out?
Teresa: Nobu: Fresh, inventive and flavorful Japanese with a Peruvian twist is always a winner. Try Edamame, Tuna Tartar, Hamachi Tiradito and Miso Cod.
Westville: Great casual diner in NYC with a market vegetable board with 20+ options of vegetables made with love, plus great American classics that are always yummy and a crowd pleaser.
Eleven Madison: Pure decadence, 20+ course tasting menu with creative, seasonal flair in an upscale dining room. For special occasions—forget the diet for one night a month!
Rosemary’s: Great flavorful farm-to-table dishes in share sizes; great for groups too. The room is really eco-chic and always a busy, fun vibe.
ABC Kitchen – Exquisite modern dining by Jean Georges set in a stunning whitewashed room with an eclectic earthy feel. Everything is thoughtful, delicious and leaves you feeling refreshed.
Q: Being in the modeling industry, I’m sure skincare is a priority for you. Do you have any favorite natural beauty products or remedies?
Teresa: I’m originally from Tonga and coconut oil is used there for everything! Hair and skin. I also like using olive oil in my hair when I workout for a deep conditioning treatment.
Q: If you had to prepare for an upcoming bikini shoot, how would your workout routine and diet change (if at all)?
Teresa: I usually work out the same (everyday for about 45 minutes) and the night before I will only have an apple or green juice for dinner. I also watch my salt intake (Chinese or Japanese food included) for the whole day before and during shooting.
Q: What’s currently your favorite song to workout to?
Q: It’s the big morning vs. evening debate—what’s your favorite time of day to workout?
Teresa: Morning (but not before 7AM). I like to get it done and out of my mind.
Q: What does your go-to workout outfit look like? Do you have any favorite brands or stores for fitness apparel?
Teresa: Asics shoes are great because I have delicate ankles! haha. I usually grab whatever is old and gets downgraded from clothes to a workout t-shirt!
Q: Speaking of fashion, how would you describe your personal style? What are some of your current favorite designers and trends?
Teresa: My personal style is chic, form fitting, sexy and playful. Showing your best features such as showing skin, or in winter I like items that cinch or belt and show a waistline. I like dresses because they are easy and effortless with a little boot or heel.
My favorite designers are Helmut Lang, Sandro, Zara (they copy everyone) and Chloe. I am really into big dorky sweaters for winter, cool masculine coats and simple flowy or tight, short dresses that are great to layer underneath.
Q: You recently hosted a Halloween dinner at Manon Restaurant & Lounge. What was your inspiration when co-designing the menu with executive chef Tae Strain?
Teresa: It was really fun to design the menu with our favorite ingredients, which would be interpreted into spooky Halloween dishes. We created lamb with beet emulsion to represent blood, fun cocktails and dishes like the “chicken and egg” which was also a fun play on words. Our guests loved the different presentations and tastes.
Q: I love your unicorn costume—and hear you made it yourself! How’d you tackle that DIY project?
Teresa: I am pretty crafty and since I couldn’t buy what I wanted, I decided to make it myself with four ostrich feathers, paper for the horn and an old fashion white hat base. Then some sewing and florist wire and I wove my hair into it to hold it in place, which held it up all night! … Call me a secret Martha Stewart haha.
To learn more about Teresa (and check out her gorgeous pictures!) visit her website, www.teresamooreofficial.com. You can also follow her here:
- Twitter: @MissTeresaMoore
- Facebook: Teresa Moore
- Instagram: @teresamooremoore
- Pinterest: Teresa Moore
- Google+: Teresa Moore
And a big thanks to Teresa!