Mary Helen Bowers, 32
A former dancer with the New York City Ballet, Manhattan-based Bowers trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. Her Ballet Beautiful method, which focuses on toning the butt, thighs, abdomen, and arms while promoting good posture, is for nondancers as well. Bowers’s Ballet Beautiful book comes out in June. (balletbeautiful.com)
Typical Workout: I love to swim—or when I’m in L.A., I’ll mix in hiking; the hills are so beautiful there.
Best Body Part: My legs, from dancing for so many years. That’s the nature of ballet.
Fitness Challenge: I have to work hard on my abs, because my torso is very short.
Guilty Pleasure: Cheese. And dark chocolate, which I eat almost every day.
Must-Have Accessory: Split-sole ballet slippers. They can make leggings and a T-shirt feel chic.
Body Beautiful: Sofia Vergara. Gorgeous figure and supersexy.
Photography by Patric Shaw
Calvin Klein’s pink
cashmere cardigan; Louis Vuitton’s mint green cashmere briefs. Her
own leotard and ballet shoes.