July 31, 2014 11:38 am

WATCH: Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt is a runway success

TORONTO — Martha Hunt knows the modelling industry is fickle and competitive.

“There will always be someone prettier, smarter, funnier than you,” she said Thursday during an appearance on Global Toronto’s The Morning Show, “so you just have to be yourself… and work it.”

The 25-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, in Toronto for a meet-and-greet at the retailer’s Eaton Centre store, also said modelling is not as easy as it looks.

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“It’s very competitive. You can’t just assume you have the job. You’ve got to work for it,” said Hunt. “Once you see yourself then you can be proud of it but until then don’t assume anything’s going to be given to you.”

Hunt, who was discovered by a photographer in her native North Carolina, said the job requires a certain personality.

“You have to be enthusiastic about what you do, you have to keep positive,” she explained. “You have to work hard. You have to take care of your body. It’s not easy.”

Hunt said her family was “totally ecstatic” when she was picked to represent Victoria’s Secret. But success didn’t come overnight.

“It’s been a lot of years of hard work,” said the 5’10″ beauty. “And I just started working with Victoria’s Secret probably a year-and-a-half ago so it’s been at least five or six years that I’ve been going at it.”

Victoria’s Secret (which is owned by the same parent company as lingerie retailers Pink and La Senza) kicked off an expansion into Canada in 2010.

Hunt said Victoria’s Secret was a perfect fit for her.

“I didn’t feel like I had to change for them,” she explained. “This is a brand that represents women that are healthy and that want to take care of their bodies, eat well — and that’s what I’m all about.”

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