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

Check out more of our favorite denim in “Off The Rack”

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Nicky on

OMG..WHO SAID “MOVE OVER JESSICA” ARE YOU KIDDING ME. VENESSA HAVE TO TRY SO HARD AND SHE LOOKS UGLY HERE. HER LEGS LOOKS DEFORM.LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THOSE SHORTS LOOK LIKE THEY BELONG TO A 10 YEAR OLD.

night on

I am not sure who this woman is, but she looks cute in the outfit. It’s not something one should wear in real life, but for the photo shoot she looks adorable. As far as the curves everyone is saying she has…where are they? she is not Mary Kate thin…but she looks like a healthy type thin..curves..where?

michaella on

i agree that this is not a very flattering pic of vanessa ; i think she’s a pretty girl but she looks fat here and personally, i don’t see any of what people are calling “toned.” toned is having defined muscles, and she has none showing here that i can see. that said, the outfit is cute but not for her personally.

Abby H. on

Okay. My only point is…who are you people to judge?!! I would cry my eyes out if I read some of these things about me. Sad that we base everything on looks…

BC on

I hate her face but i will take that body anyday

Lana on

Vanessa looks terrible on this pic, she looks better on other pic’s. Her body looks nice though, I like her tan. The thing I don’t like on her is she stole that shirt from a 12 year old and short they are ugly! No offense, just my opinion.

Laurie on

I doubt Nick is comparing her to Jessica so why would anyone else? I don’t see the point. She’s a great looking girl and they look happy together. Who cares about Jessica. I doubt Nick does anymore. I would love to see the people knocking Vanessa. Bet they don’t even come near being hot people.

AMBER on

I LIKE JESSICA BETTER AND I KNOW SHE WOULD LOOK WAY BETTER IN THAT OUTFIT!!!!!!

Danielle on

Vanessa Minillo looks beautiful AND healthy! As for the girls who have made comments about her not being “in shape” and having “large thighs”, they are either of the waif thin population OR jealous… or maybe they are both!

T on

Regardless of looks Vanessa seems like a better person than Jessica…Jessica is not faking with the dumb thing, she just is. She seems a whole lot nicer than Jessica as well. And the outfit Vanessa is wearing is probably mainly picked out by the Bongo people, it’s a bad angle of her, but she’s still very gorgeous and in shape.

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