The Doritos Girl Keeps it Real
Since Ali Landry first
caught the countrys attention with
her sexy Doritos commercial that aired
during the 1997 Superbowl, the former
Miss USA has starred in several small-screen
projects, as well as more Doritos
commercials, and she co-hosts Americas
Greatest Pets. So has success gone to her
head? Not one bit! When we caught up with
Ali in L.A., she came across as a
genuinely sweet, humble and healthy
person. Nacho ordinary girl!
MICHELLE LEE: Hey Ali! I
talked to your trainer, Cyrece, yesterday
and it sounds like you guys have a lot of
fun working out.
ALI LANDRY: Oh yeah, Ive been with
Cyrece for about four months. I was doing
Pilates and other stuff, but not at the
intensity I needed. My manager had just
had a baby and she was working out with
Cyrece. Then I looked at her stomach and
it was all ripped up. I was like, give me
her number! Cyrece and I have such a good
time. We go to the park. We kickbox,
using the bags and mitts. Because Ive
been dancing since I was two, Im
already pretty coordinated, so I can pick
things up easy my punches are
ML: Do you full-contact?
Do you spar?
AL: Oh, no! My boyfriend and I were
working out and I was punching his mitts,
and he tapped on my head a little as a
joke. And its one of those things
where it doesnt hurt, but your
feelings get hurt. I couldnt take
getting punched. Itd be like a bee
sting it doesnt really hurt,
but Id cry.
ML: What else do you do?
AL: I started running. I was so not a
runner Id get these pains,
and then Id stop. I would run down
the block and then walk the rest.
ML: I totally relate! My
shins hurt Im like an old
lady. I try, but I cant get into it.
AL: Oh, you have to just breathe
through the pain. Last night, I ran 45
minutes! My endurance is much better. I
like doing anything outside. Cyrece and I
work out five days a week, about two
hours. We jump rope, use free weights and
bands, do plyometrics.
ML: Your publicist
mentioned that you were at some kind of
rehearsal earlier. Whats the scoop?
AL: Im doing a pilot for a TV show
called Revolting. Its set in 1773,
so we get to wear cool costumes. Its
a comedy. We just had our first rehearsal
today.>p? ML: You were Miss USA in
1996. Whats it like preparing for a
AL: You have to prepare mentally and
physically. I was already working out so
much at the time. I was always into
everything. I tried softball, volleyball,
I was head cheerleader. Then in college,
when youre so active as a child,
and you stop doing those things that you
didnt see as exercise
the freshman 10 or whatever. I was like,
Whoa! So thats what all that
stuff did for me! I wasnt in
the greatest shape. So, I started doing
aerobics five days a week, and once a
week I would walk five miles.
ML: You grew up in
Louisiana, which isnt known for its
low-fat cuisine. Was it hard getting away
from Cajun cooking?
AL: In Louisiana, I dont know how
anyone stays remotely slim! Everything is
filled with rice! I stay away from
breads, anything with white flour, sugar,
carbs. I eat high-protein, fruits and
vegetables. Growing up, I didnt
like vegetables, and I ate all carbs! I
do eat Cajun food occasionally I
dont believe in depriving myself
or whats the use of living?
ML: What do you normally
AL: For breakfast, Ill have my
favorite: Low-fat cottage cheese, frozen
fruit, like strawberries, with a
tablespoon of almonds and some Equal
Im an Equal freak. Lunch
will be either a Zone bar or a salad.
Then for dinner, Ill have some sort
of protein like chicken or fish, with
ML: I watched Americas
Greatest Pets the other day. Hows
AL: Great! I was offered to host the show
after Doritos. Its been great for
me. Weve had baby tigers on the
show, an albino python snake, which I
held on my neck that was an
experience in itself! We had a monkey
that went bananas on the stage. I was,
like, on the other side of the stage
I refused to go over there.
Another time, we were on location and I
had this red nail polish on my toes and I
guess it looked like strawberries or
something. We were at this petting zoo
and I looked down and there was this
rooster pecking my toes!
ML: I heard you danced
around to cheesy James-Bondish music for
the Doritos audition.
AL: There were a ton of beautiful girls
there. I dont like going to
auditions for commercials. They were
casting in New York and L.A., and this
was their second search, and they still
hadnt found anyone. I asked myself,
Do I really feel like doing this?
They said, Pretend to catch
something in your mouth and dance.
I had no idea what I was supposed to be
catching. I could do flips I did
it all. And I guess they liked it! I had
never watched the Superbowl and this was
my first national commercial, so I didnt
know what a good commercial was. I
thought it would be a basic commercial
no big deal. I didnt even
know it was going to air during the
Superbowl. It was a little overwhelming,
because I had no expectations whatsoever.
ML: Are you at all sick
of being called the Doritos Girl
which, oops, I think we call you in our
AL: Not really. Im so grateful that
this has helped me so much. And I do so
many other shows, so its not who I
ML: And you made Peoples
50 Most Beautiful list
AL: I know! All because of Doritos! That
list is usually just whoevers the
hot thing, and its usually people
who are established in the business
singers, actors, sports figures. I
thought, What in the world?