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First SI swimsuit cover model Babette shares tips

First SI swimsuit cover model Babette shares tips
Babette attends a 50th anniversary event at the Dolby Theatre in January. She was styled by Style 2020. (Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)

Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go.

On the subject, she says:

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Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking."

Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion." Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day.

Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it.

Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works." Really? "I swear by glycolic acid, and Elta MD 40 and Nano Silver Pink facial cleanser I get on the Internet." (The latter two products sell for about $25 each.)

Diet: "I only eat the best or I don't eat."

More philosophy: "Everything in moderation, and I mean everything."

Makeup/hair: "You'd better learn to do your own."

Style: "When you get older, less is more."

Anti-aging: "Don't stop taking your hormones."

And philosophy again: "Don't go out without looking your best. You never know who is going to see you."

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