Bianca Balti — who was named the magazine‘s 2017 Rookie of the Year on Wednesday — talked about balancing motherhood and dealing with her post-baby body while working as a swimsuit model.”It is a challenge, but it’s also a pleasure, because we are lucky to have these problems!” Balti says during a Facebook Live with PEOPLE Now.
The Italian native says she had to kick her workouts into high gear after the birth of her second daughter.”As soon as I gave birth I had like 20 kilos, which I think is about 50 lbs., and I realized, oh my gosh, in one month I have my photoshoot,” Balti says. “So I had to lose a lot, and you know, it doesn’t happen in one month. So it took me almost a year because I think realistically it takes about a year.””But it empowered me a lot, because I was training twice a day, and then going back to my baby, sleeping with the baby, and I did it and I felt empowered like I never felt before.”
Though she’s a “Rookie” this year, the 32-year-old Balti says modeling for the magazine fulfills a longtime dream.