Jasmine Sanders believes her fans deserve the best.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, also known as “Golden Barbie”, partners with the Tone It Up app to launch a workout program called “The Best by Jasmine Sanders”.
The fitness routine, which starts on her birthday (June 22), features her favorite exercise moves. The star said the goal is to feel good about yourself.
The cover girl, born in Germany but raised in South Carolina, has been a model for over 15 years.
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She made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2019 and won the title of “Rookie of the Year” the same year. According to the outlet, she will be featured in the 2021 issue, which is due out this summer.
Sanders explained to Fox News how she physically prepares for a photoshoot in a swimsuit, kissing her curves, as well as her tips for motivating herself to sweat.
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Fox News: How do you prepare physically for a swimsuit shoot?
Jasmine Sanders: To be honest, I don’t do anything really different. I don’t care about my size. Honestly, I couldn’t tell you my jeans size because I haven’t worn them in ages. I wear sports clothes all the time because it is what I wear comfortable on a daily basis.
But before a swimsuit photoshoot, I definitely eat healthy. I take my vitamins. I make apple cider vinegar in the morning. I really try to do faster cardio in the morning just to get rid of it. And then if I can, I’ll do some kind of outdoor activity, like skipping rope. But I also focus a lot on my legs like squats, lunges, and mountaineers.
I also have a StairMaster. But if I don’t do that, I go for a bike ride on the beach. I also like meeting up with friends to practice just before a shoot because I want more than anything to prepare myself mentally. This way I can really focus on my best photos, give my best energy. So for me, I like to take my vitamins in the morning and then do some sort of activity to keep it away. I also like to stretch after a workout. And then I like to have a good meal full of protein.
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Fox News: What do you think is the misconception people have about your modeling career and what is the reality?
Sanders: I don’t think a lot of people know there is a lot of work to be done to do these shoots. You need to be strong enough to hold these positions for a long time. You pop your body and contort it in a certain way.
I find Pilates really useful, especially when you are modeling and holding poses for a long time. At the end of a shoot, your body is very tired and you are exhausted. And for some shoots, you have to do that two, three days in a row. It can be a lot on your body. But I also like to stretch after a photoshoot. It’s about finding ways to keep moving and staying active throughout the day.
Fox News: You make your swimsuit photos effortless.
Sanders: Thank you * laughs *. Sometimes I’m really very comfortable with how I look and feel. But I’m really working to feel better on the inside too. It is so important for me to take care of my health. I am not focusing on a specific size. I just want to be confident and feel comfortable in my clothes and my skin.
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Fox News: You mentioned apple cider vinegar, what’s the benefit?
Sanders: For me, I just feel like it helps with my digestive system. I feel better after taking it for a few days. A lot of my friends can’t drink it and hate the taste * laughs *. I like to add some water and lemon to make it taste better. But I don’t taste it anymore.
Fox News: On cheat day, what’s on your plate?
Sanders: I love crab legs and crab boils. I have a friend who makes amazing crab boils and he delivers them to my house. I love my pasta. I love burgers lately and I’m not much of a burger girl. But I try to balance it throughout the day. If I eat something like a burger, then I’ll have my salads and put on some cereal. I think moderation is the key.
Fox News: How important has it been to you to kiss your curves over the years?
Sanders: Very important. I have been of different sizes over the years. I was extremely small at one point, still healthy, but very small in the eyes of many people. Looking back now, I’m like, “Wow, I can’t believe I was so little.” But I also had certain goals for my career that I wanted to achieve.
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Now that I’m older – I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years – I feel like I’ve made a pretty name for myself. I know how to maintain the weight I am or lose at a healthy rate. But more importantly, I want to make sure that I am feeling the best of myself mentally. So I would tell the girls to kiss your curves. Feel good about yourself, regardless of your size. I train to feel good and to experience life. I want to feel comfortable in the skin I am in. And it doesn’t matter what the tape measure says.
Now I feel like the industry is trying to change. And I’d rather be part of the change. I want women to know that you don’t have to be a certain size to look great in designer clothes. It’s a touchy subject and we still have a ways to go, but after being in the industry for years, I think it’s great that we are seeing a change, that we are seeing more different bodies. For me, I learned to hug my curves, to love myself, to feel good in a bikini. This stuff makes me happy. And it’s for me, not for anyone else.
I post things on my social networks that are for me. Some people say, “Oh, that’s too much. But I’m like, no. I want other women to know that it’s good to celebrate your body. If you can do it, show yourself, be happy and proud of your appearance. Go for it. Embrace it all.
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Fox News: There are many fitness programs and apps. What makes “The Best by Jasmine Sanders” different?
Sanders: You know, I’ve tried a lot of different workout routines. I have tried different trainers. But I heard good things about the Tone It Up app and had a lot of friends who talked about it a lot. They are really about empowering women and making sure you eat healthy, fun foods while doing a really good workout whether you’re trying to lose weight or keep it off.
It was all the things I wanted to tap into. I wanted to offer a program for the ladies who follow me. I wanted them to be excited to focus on their physical and mental health and gain self-confidence. I want to help you prepare for the world and be the best version of yourself.
Fox News: What advice would you give to someone who wants to exercise, but just doesn’t have the time or the motivation?
Sanders: The first step is to get active in some way. You can do something simple to get started, like walking your dog if you have a dog. Then, as you progress, you can walk a little longer. I’m in LA and it’s extremely hot so I don’t go out during the day. You can also find a friend or family member who you can associate with and hold each other accountable. And I think it’s great to set up reminders.
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Also, find things that motivate you, that make you want to get up and be active. And it doesn’t take long for your heart rate to increase. I think doing something little by little every day really helps.
Fox News: How to Get the Most Out of a Home Workout Routine?
Sanders: You can certainly use weights at home. If you are using my program, you will just need a chair or a couch nearby to speed up your heart rate. And I find that jumping in place is really effective.
For me, I also like to change things up at home when it comes to workout routines because I will be easily distracted. I’ll look at my phone or think about an upcoming meeting or chore I need to do that day. That’s why I wanted to create a program with short workout routines.
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That way, you can easily do it at home, feel really good about yourself, and then stretch, relax, and meditate. You’ve given yourself some time before you have to run to your kids, cook or clean. I think the key is to always make time for yourself no matter how busy you are.
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