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I'm the bad cop at home, says Lisa S
by Gwendolyn Ng

Having just welcomed their first newborn to the family in June, Hong Kong-based model Lisa Selesner - better known as Lisa S - never imagined that the delineation of parenting roles between herself and actor-hubby Daniel Wu would turn out this way.

"I turned out to be bad cop, but I thought going into this I would be good cop. My husband has zero willpower because she's a little girl," said the vivacious 38-year-old, referring to her five-month-old daughter Raven.

"She just looks at him and he melts. I can physically see him turn into a pile of mush...I'm the one that enforces bedtime, naptime and feeding time. I'm the bad cop," said Selesner, who talks animatedly about her 39-year-old husband Wu.

Barely two months after giving birth, the hot mama is back on the set to host and judge the fourth season of reality-TV modelling series Supermodelme Femme Fatale. The show, shot in Hong Kong, pits 12 aspiring models of Asian descent against one another.

In town on Tuesday to promote the show, the Monaco-born exotic beauty of French-Chinese and Jewish-American descent told My- Paper that she went on an exercise blitz to get in shape in time for the start of filming in August.

"I knew if I was that large on TV, I wouldn't be that credible as a model mentor," said Selesner. Never sticking to a routine for fear of boredom, she worked out six times a week and took on various activities - from kickboxing to running.

Within two months, she shed 26kg. She had gained 30kg to 91kg during her pregnancy.

The witty Selesner didn't mind the pregnancy weight gain as it came with a perk: "double D" boobs.

"I've never had them (boobs)... the horrible part is that they eventually go away," said the self-deprecating Selesner, who had no qualms joking about her flat chest.

Like any other career mother, she admits it is hard to balance family and work.

"Every mum will tell you the same thing, that it's really hard. When you are at work, you miss your child. When you are with your child, you miss your work," said Selesner, who revealed that she took her daughter along with her to Singapore.

Asked if she would allow her daughter to follow in her footsteps as a model in the future, she replied: "I would probably give her a list with a thousand reasons why she shouldn't. If, at the end of it, she still wants to do it, what can you do?

"I don't want to be a hypocritical mother, I did it, I started very young. I'd probably lay down the same law my parents did, you need to at least finish high school.

I know my husband is going to insist on college, too. We will support her in whatever she wants to do."

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