A leggy blonde with knockout abs is posing for The Post in a poolside cabana at the Dream Downtown hotel.
As the beauty twirls her beachy waves around a finger and gazes at the camera, a middle-aged woman sunning herself nearby is transfixed: “Whatever she is selling, I will buy it.”
That’s good news for Victoria’s Secret PINK — the stunner is Rachel Hilbert, the brand’s newest face.
In June, the lingerie house announced that the New York native would be following in the footsteps of models Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio and Behati Prinsloo, who have previously held the distinction.
“I grew up in PINK,” explains Hilbert. “[Victoria’s Secret] said this year, I am walking in the [televised fashion] show. They said, like, 99 percent. I’m crossing my fingers.”
The 20-year-old — who looks like a cross between Miranda Kerr and Cameron Diaz — is a former competitive skier and dancer who grew up in Rochester. Her dad owns a real estate firm, and her mom handles marketing for the business. Now, Hilbert lives in Nolita and has her sights set on modeling heaven — becoming a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
“Of course, I want wings! There are so many [Angels] I look up to —Candice [Swanepoel] and Adriana [Lima]. Gisele [Bündchen] . . . is the iconic woman,” says Hilbert.
Unlike the Brazilian bombshell, Hilbert was not discovered in a McDonald’s, but at an open call when she was 15 and still in the throes of orthodontic transformation.
“I came to New York on April break for open calls. It was my first time in the city,” she recalls. While many agencies passed on the cute girl with braces, a smaller outfit bit.Soon, she was working for Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, Target and Delia’s. “You name it, I’ve done commercial work for them,” she says.
When she turned 18, Hilbert began doing in-house shoots for PINK, and she now racks up frequent flier miles traveling to the Bahamas and St. Barts for work. In December, power agency IMG Models signed her.
In between shots for The Post, the 5-foot-10-inch spitfire apes the outer-borough accents of some crew members as she calls for a beach ball.
“Yo, give me the bawl,” she says. “I think I got it, right?” (It wasn’t bad.)
“I want to go into acting,” says Hilbert, who already had a small role on the show “Younger” with Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, whom she calls the coolest person she’s met so far.
One person she hasn’t yet met is Taylor Swift, who surrounds herself with Victoria’s Secret models the same way Leonardo DiCaprio collects them in his bedroom.
“All of my friends are friends with her,” says Hilbert, who pals around with Swift fave Gigi Hadid. “I want to be friends with her. “
When not shooting, she likes working out at Equinox — “I do MMA or kickboxing” — and shopping (she recently splurged on a $2,190 Saint Laurent “Sac De Jour” bag). She also hits up Cafe Gitane and Prince Street Pizza, her “guilty pleasure.”
But the blue-eyed beauty won’t say if she’s eating alone.
Hilbert mentions a burgeoning relationship, but when asked who she’s dating, she goes mum.
“I am keeping that to myself,” she says, adding that “laid-back and adventurous guys you can laugh with” catch her eye.
Get in line, boys.
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