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Georgina Burke in Bathing Suit is "Dreaming of this Day"

Here’s how this model stays healthy and happy.

It's winter in Australia, and model Georgina Burke is missing the warm weather. Burke shared a throwback Sports Illustrated photo of herself lying in the surf in a stripy two-piece swimsuit, soaking up the Puerto Rican sun. "Australia in the winter is not the same 🥶 dreaming of this day!" she captioned the post. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Burke stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



A Love For Exercise

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Burke has learned to genuinely enjoy working out instead of seeing it as a punishment. "It's only taken me 10+ years to finally have a healthy relationship with exercising! Cheers to that!!!" she captioned a post. "Having stayed true to myself for the last three years working on my mental physical and all round health! Now taking more action through exercise and not over consuming alcohol. I'm feeling I'm heading in the direction to be the best version of myself!"


Horseback Riding

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Burke loves horseback riding, saying it's something that's always made her happy. "I was always a confident woman, to be honest. I did equestrian sports," she says. "And that really puts your body on display: You're wearing white, tight jodhpurs. You've got to be fit and confident. And I wasn't fit. I was a chubby little kid, but I still did it because it was a passion. Modeling is a passion. Yes, I could be thinner. Yes, I could be more skinny, toned, whatever. But I am just doing me. I'm happy in myself and I think that's all that matters."


Coffee Lover

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Burke loves coffee, especially in her native Australia. "Australian coffee you are ruining me for nyc 😭 so here is a ten part series of me enjoying it," she captioned an Instagram post

"For most people, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy diet," says Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Mental Health and Wellness

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Burke makes a point of working on her mental wellbeing as well as her physical health. "I honestly think the most important part of being a model is your mental health," she says. "I've spent the last three years working so extensively at that… I think it's so important to surround yourself with incredible people. I wasn't doing that for the longest time."


Don't Call Her Plus-Sized

Burke is proud to rock a physique that is not necessarily labeled. "I think if you put labels on anyone – whether it's age, color, size, sex – I feel like it's so outdated," she says. "I don't think I need to be labeled as 'plus size'. In the beginning, it was an industry term, whereas now, [the industry] is so open and everyone is really coming on board. I feel like it has changed from 'plus size' to 'size inclusive', to 'curve', to this, to that. I'm in Sports Illustrated as a model – it's not, 'Whatever number plus-size model to be in [the magazine].' It's like, no, there's a model in Sports Illustrated! We've made huge progress, that's for sure."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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