Camila Alves' Arm Candy

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Apr. 6 2011, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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Camila Alves couldn’t be much luckier. She’s a gorgeous model who fell in love with sexy movie star Matthew McConaughey, and now they have two adorable — and super-stylish — tots, Levi, 2, and Vida, 15 months. As if that weren’t enough, she’s a successful designer, too, and Camila is now spinning off her Muxo handbag designs into an affordable line,Muxo for QVC. Here, Camila shows off her new bags for OK!.

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You came to the U.S. just to visit from Brazil at 15 and didn’t speak any English. Wasn’t that scary?

I knew somehow I’d learn. It was more like an adventure! I got on the plane and said, “Mom, I don’t think I’m coming back.” It was a destiny kind of thing. I started modeling and stayed.

Your mom’s a designer and your partner in Muxo. Do you get your sense of style from her?

We have very different styles. She can get outthere, and I play it safe. We feed off each other. Yesterday we were creating a handbag for somebody. We go back and forth. Sometimes we argue; sometimes we laugh. It’s great.

How did you go from one-of-a-kind, handmade couture bags to QVC?

We used to make the couture out of our garage. You have to hammer all those little rivets on the bag one by one. We’d have to deliver bags for the next day, so we’d do it all night. Handmade is expensive. We’d get letters that say, “I love your bags, but I can’t afford them.” People would offer to work for a bag. So we wanted to create something special and affordable.

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What kind of woman do you design for?

All women. A lot of the bags are big: I’m on the go like a lot of women. I have my workout clothes in my bag, my laptop, my kids’ stuff. And I can still go to dinner or cocktails without going home to change.

Does Matthew give you feedback on the designs?

We’re a family. Everything we do, we do together.


Speaking of family, are you planning to have any more kids in the future?

I had two babies in three years, and my body is just now getting back to normal. So two for now is good.


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