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Vanessa Minnillo: How To Look Good In Short Shorts

01/05/2007 at 10:00 AM ET

As the host of TRL, an ET correspondent and the girlfriend of a pop megastar, Vanessa Minnillo sure is a busy gal.  But when BONGO JEANS asked the former beauty queen to be the new face of BONGO for Spring 2007, the self-proclaimed denim addict (she owns hundreds of pairs!) couldn’t say no — especially when she saw some of the clothes she’d be wearing in her very own ad campaign. “These shorts are special,” she told me at her sexy BONGO photo shoot, where she tried on cropped cardigans and comfy soft knit tanks, skirts, and shorts—some really SHORT shorts.  “I have no bum, but these give you a nice little booty.”   Ok, Vanessa, but when it comes to those teeny tiny shorts, booty isn’t everything—how does she keep her legs so long and lean?  “I’m not gonna lie, I do go to the gym.  But honestly, you just have to find time to be active,” she told me. Then she picked up a downright adorable pair of canvas pumps with red patent leather heels.   “But if you want these legs in these shorts?  These heels will help,” she said.  Spoken like a true pitchwoman.  —Kristen Mascia

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MTM on

Eck, Eck, Ugh! Please, it looks like she was trying to dress the part of a little girl sailor and something went wrong! Yuck, Yuck regular jeans and a tee-shirt would have been better. Doesn’t make me want to buy those jeans. You really should blame BONGO for this picture.

ABC123 on

Ok…I need to know what do you consider “fat,” because clearly people are blind or envious when they see someone over 85 pounds looking healthy. OBVIOUSLY we are NOT looking at the same picture. WHAT exactly is fat about Vanessa?

And if SHE’s fat, then what would you consider Beyonce???

And FYI, EVERYONE does not need stomach muscles to show they have a nice shape.

Baaack to the subject, I personally don’t like short shorts, but Vanessa pulls this look off.

Kristin on

I kind of have to agree with Elena on this pic- doesn’t seem to be a totally flattering pic. Don’t get me wrong, she is a beautiful girl, just this pic does not do her justice. And since I ma a fan of both girls, Jess holds her own anyday.

Becky on

Elena you apparently are the most perfect person in the whole world that can judge her.
I don;t think Vannessa dresses nic but i think she looks great in that outfit, she has a great body. who the heck wants to see a rib cage.

Alice on

The outfit is hideous but her body looks great. I’m intersted in these bongo jeans that make you butt look bigger.

Cathy on

Ok Elena and MTM. . .you both are stuid and blind. She is gorgeous and like she gives a hell what you to think. She is flawless and has the hottest boyfriend ever.

Jennifer on

I think that she looks great! Nice and curvey compared to all the stick figures out there. She looks healthy and beautiful.

Julie on

Vanessa looks nice but she gotta needs to stop to choice kid’s clothes

faith on

I’m sorry but I have to agree with Elena to a certain degree. She isn’t fat, and I’m glad to see a healthy body rather than a toothpick, but I just don’t think these shorts are flattering AT ALL. She is such a pretty girl, but for some reason these shorts just look painted on and uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the way she’s standing or the angle of the picture…

Heather S. on

I didn’t even know who this girl was until she started date Nick. She appears to be very beautiful, and perhaps this picture doesn’t flatter her, but if I saw her walking down the street my reaction would not be “I want a body/legs like that.” But she and Nick seem genuinely happy together, so good luck to them!

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