By yacevedo
May 02, 2014 07:23 PM

We take you behind the scenes to our photo shoot with Génesis Rodríguez, who graces the cover of our first Chica issue.

The actress dishes on her srecrets to maintaining her amazing figure, and more:

How do you stay in such great shape?
[In] Latin culture, we love to eat. I like to take care of myself when it comes to eating, but not to the extent that I’m going to hate eating clean. Whenever I feel like eating dessert, rice, beans or fries, I give myself that as long as I work out. I know I can’t eat whatever I want and look the way I want, so you need to work for it. I give credit to Pilates and my parents’ good genes.

Those genes have given you a killer bikini body! If you have a good bikini and have worked hard in the gym, why not show your body? 
Being by the ocean is the greatest thing. I love Miami, I miss it so much. I miss the beach, the peace it brings you. I love the sound and smell of the sea. I can be at the beach all day without doing anything, just meditating and enjoying it.

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Is there anything you would change about your physique? 
My feet. I have flat feet! What I would give to have an arch. That you cannot buy, people! I get tired quickly and when I travel, when I walk a lot, I get swollen because of [lack] of circulation. 

What are your rules for always looking your best?
Having a great tailor. You can have a $3,000 dress that is not perfect and have a $40 one that fits perfectly. Dress according to how you feel and the place you’re at. If in Miami, use colorful clothes. In Los Angeles, I stay with neutrals because the weather changes all day. Gray, black, white. Lastly, what completes a look is the shoes. I live for a great pair of shoes!