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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

“AT FIRST, I’M JUST CALM AND TRYING TO GET TO KNOW YOU. AND THEN I SHOW UP.”

New York has had a pretty mild summer—the average temperature for the month of May was a refreshing 65 degrees—but on the June day I’m scheduled to meet Brazilian supermodel Lais Ribeiro, it is positively sweltering. Apropos, considering how hot the 27-year-old is in the flesh.

While this journalist’s face is sticky, and hair equal parts frizzy, Ribeiro walks into the Nomad location of the inviting Maman bakery complaining about the heat—did I mention the restaurant’s air-conditioning was on the fritz that day? “I give up,” she laughs, while twirling her slicked-back ponytail into a bun.

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