From ‘Harriet the Spy’ to Maxim cover girl: Michelle Trachtenberg [SLIDESHOW]

Laura Donovan Contributor
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“Gossip Girl” star Michelle Trachtenberg has come a long way since her days as an early 90’s child actor. The New York Fashion Week attendee is Maxim’s March cover girl, but the transition from acting to magazine posing wasn’t as simple as it sounds. To appear slim in photos, the redhead bombshell cut down on some of her favorite carbs.

“I did hit the gym a little harder,” Michelle told OK Magazine of her Maxim preparation. “Instead of eating pizza five days a week as my main (food) group, I cut it down to one day.”

As a way of thanking Trachtenberg for sacrificing tasty food for readers’ benefit and reminding the world that gingers can be attractive and have souls, we’ve compiled our favorite photos of the actress.