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Camila Alves says she is proud to get her U.S. citizenship 'the right way'

"It was a really big deal to become an American citizen the right way. You have to work really hard and it is such an honor to be able to say that," the model and fashion designer said on "The Chew" Friday.

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Karen Butler
Actor Matthew McConaughey, left, and Camila Alves arrive for the 21st annual SAG Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor Matthew McConaughey, left, and Camila Alves arrive for the 21st annual SAG Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Brazilian-born model and fashion designer Camila Alves said on TV's The Chew she was proud to become a U.S. citizen and, even though the process is long and complicated, the result was worth it.

"It was a family affair," Alves said on Friday's edition of the ABC cooking show -- as a photo of her standing in a government building with her husband, actor Matthew McConaughey, and their three children -- flashed on the screen.

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"It was a really big deal to become an American citizen the right way. You have to work really hard and it is such an honor to be able to say that," the stunning 33-year-old explained.

"You have to study a lot, but also just the whole process. I got my green card and everything through my work, even before marriage or anything like that, so you really have to follow the rules and do everything the right way to be able to accomplish that, so it was a big... I had my green card for so long. We got married and I was like, 'Oh, no, I'm not going to do it.' And then I was like: 'Hold on a second, this is my home. I'm like half Brazilian and half American now. This is my home. This is my family. My kids were born here.' So, I was like, 'I'm going to go for it.' And I am very proud to be able to say that."

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