By Chere Di Boscio
Like the Californian sun, Lisa D’Amato
is just a big ball of radiant energy. Not only did her charisma (and incredible knack for posing) make her a fast favourite on America’s Next Top Model, she went on to win the ANTM All-Stars title, too. But her talents don’t stop with modelling: today, she’s got many projects in the works including two TV shows, musical recordings, a comedy memoir book and a healthy cookbook too. She’s an official co-host on DJ Skee’s Dash Radio’s Bompop Radio Show and even does a comedy podcast called LOL.A., which is free on iTunes and in the podcast apps.
Here, she tells Eluxe about celeb rehab, being number 23,456, and why her son may actually be a werewolf…
What is the earliest memory you have of being in nature?
I always remember being in nature. I’m a Southern Cali girl so everyone is always outside. Kids playing in yards, going to the beach, laying in the grass, wishing upon stars at night time…There is nothing I love more than being outside and feeling the sun and the nice breeze.
How has becoming a mom changed how you view the world?
Tremendously! Oh wow. Yeah, the world is super crazy and cruel. You immediately want to shelter and protect your child. It has definitely made me care so much more about being a part of the cause to change it for the better.
You always seem to have loads and loads of energy! Where does that come from?
Hahahhaha! I don’t know but I wish I could bottle it and sell it. Growing up I use to be called D Battery. My sister and I both have so much energy even STILL. We never understood, growing up, why our parents use to joke by telling us to go play in the freeway. We get it now. hahaha Sounds horrible but I can only imagine how insane we probably made them feel at times. I LOVE working out, I grew up doing gymnastics and dancing which is good energy taking outlets but also creates more energy as well. I’ll probably be that bright colored spandex wearing old lady spinning on my head on a dance floor somewhere when I’m 90.
You’re in totally incredible shape. What are your best workout tips?
Awww thank you! I’d say that my workouts and eating habits have to go hand in hand when you really want the best results. Now that I’ve had a baby and had gained 80 lbs!!! What’s really important for toning since I was stretched out so far was the increase of weights with less repetition. That was a new lesson and it works as far as squats, abs and arms are concerned. I also increased my stair stepping and elliptical workouts by three. I also eat my favourite foods for breakfast in the morning then as the day goes on I do lean proteins and veggies. My carb intake literally doesn’t exist after around 2pm. Truth! I’m super disciplined and always have been. Which works in my favour, I guess.
What’s the most positive thing you do for the environment in your daily life?
Recycling is #1. For every 4 recycling garbage cans we have only 1 that is actually garbage. I really hope nature and our planet can forgive us for all the harm we have done to it and grant us patience for us to fix it. I believe we have the technology and science to make progressive moves to help in every facet of our planet. I hear that my sons generation is going to save the world.
At my house, we also compost all our food and grow our own organic garden on the roof. All products [that I know of] that tests on animals are not welcome in my house. All my pets are rescues, and we preach kindness to plants and animals to our son…and weirdly so, without being taught to, my son raises both arms to the moon at night and says ‘mama’! It’s hilarious!
What’s your greatest eco ‘sin’?
I drive a Jeep Wrangler
. And I love it. Although,……my hubby and I just put a payment down to reserve the Tesla SUV
in 2016. We are # 23,456!
What are you proudest so far in your career?
I was actually really proud of myself for getting therapy with Dr. Drew on Celeb Rehab. That was a bold move and I really did learn so much which in the end changed my whole perspective on my life and what I wanted and catapulted me to be the best I could be….which then led me to the path of winning America’s Next Top Model All-Stars.
What are your favourite ‘green’ skincare, food, home or fashion brands?
In my household, we only order products from vitacost. com. 90%-ish of their products are eco-friendly. Most products are created with cancer causing additives in the U.S. also. Then we wonder why we all have cancer….? Educating yourself to avoid feeling defeated by the system is key. Ignorance is such a disappointment especially in todays day and age with all information at our fingertips. Your body is your business and most importantly so is your planet. A lot of people believe that what is meant to be will be but we gotta take religion out of our equation when it comes to being passive on how we treat our planet. We need to care! We need to improve. We need to ACT NOW. We can’t still think like we did in the 80’s and take everything for granted.
Which high profile person trying to make a difference do you most admire, and why?
Angelina Jolie, and Madonna, Lady Gaga All very bold women as far as style goes and strength but what I love the most about all 3 is that they all are for ONE LOVE. Jolie’s rise against the passive government in Syria to help the innocent people who have a stigma against them with no fault of their own. Her passion and dedication is incredibly inspiring. Madonna on world hunger in poverished countries and spreading love for the gay community from way back when…even through all the scrutiny she got….she never tamed her fire for the likes of the judgers. Then we have Lady Gaga who spreads so much love and acceptance for individuality in general. She also donates millions to charities for the likes of this cause. It’s a beautiful thing.
When and where are you happiest?
With my son. With my family.
For which cause would you die, if any?
I love putting a spotlight on free arts.org which is a volunteer charity org that helps abused kids find creative outlets to express themselves. I know that as an abused child, finding my creative outlets were my savior. You feel so beat down and voiceless so this org makes my heart melt. Every opportunity I can I donate and or contribute. I even went thru training to be a volunteer to work one on one with the kids. Unfortunately, you have to block out a big piece of time [months and months] and it’s detrimental never to never have to back out on a day since these kids depend on you so schedulewise, I haven’t had the time to dedicate so much of my schedule to it…but I will. I actually can’t wait to do it for myself….when my schedule allows. <3
Which environmental issues are most important to you?
The basics. Recycling! Water conservation! As well as the basic compassion for each other as a human race! Where is the LOVE?
What’s the main thing you think we all need to do to ensure a better future?
Ignorance is not going to be BLISS and actually ISN’T! Ignorance is what causes so much judgment which leads to cruelty, misunderstanding, abuse, violence, missed opportunities, unprogressive, and catastrophic sabotage to our planet and mother nature. We need to Evolve. We need to try to understand different people, different walks of life, educate ourselves on the planet and how, as an individual, we can improve it. We need to be more proactive and less unaware. Evolve or dissolve.
Thanks so much for the interview. You guys rock!
Main image: America’s Next Top Model
Follow Lisa on Instagram: @lisa_damato