Alessandra Ambrosio
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It’s officially spring! With hotter days on the horizon, we’re excited for days by the pool, splashing in the ocean, and walking on the beach—and so is Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio. Being by the water is a must for the model (she is Brazilian, after all!), which is why she’s the perfect person to tell us how to pick the perfect swimwear. “Finding the right swimsuit starts with finding the right shape for your body,” she told InStyle.com at Victoria’s Secret’s swim collection celebration in Los Angeles last week. Click through the gallery to get her five tips for getting bikini-ready.

— Karen Levy