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Michelle Monaghan's model memories

Michelle Monaghan has joked about how little she knew about posing when she first began modelling.

The star is now a successful actress having appeared in the likes of True Detective season one and upcoming movie Pixels, but her career began in front of a different camera. She can vividly remember the first modelling job she ever booked, although she wishes the poses weren't quite so engrained on her memory.

"It was shooting for the [US retailer] Montgomery Ward catalogue. When I saw myself in the Sunday ad, I was bowled over. I couldn't believe it was me. I did a lot of hands-on-hip posing in those days," she laughed to whowhatwear.com.

While modelling can leave some women feeling conscious about their lumps and bumps, Michelle doesn't have that issue. The 39-year-old star is fiercely proud of her body, shown as she feels sexiest when she's lounging on the beach in a bikini - although she would be rocking a pop of red lipstick to really feel her best.

Unfortunately for anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps, there is no magic secret to Michelle's flawless figure. She credits her dedication to health for making her look so good, alongside her decision not to use too many beauty products.

"It's all smoke and mirrors, I tell ya! My routine is very simple, I promise you. Firstly, I drink tons of water - multiple litres a day. It's always by my side," she said. "I use sunblock, work out, and drink a green juice daily as well. I also get facials once a month, and my guilty pleasure is tinting my eyelashes. I really believe in the philosophy less is more. My skincare routine is more about working from the inside out rather than putting a lot of products on my skin. I like simplicity."

There are a couple of items she relies on though, including the multitasking Egyptian Magic Skin Cream which she smothers on her lips, limbs and cuticles.

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