10 Reasons We're Completely Obsessed With Gisele Bündchen
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen was discovered in a shopping mall at the tender age of 14, and just five years later she was plastered all over the front cover of US Vogue. At 20, she was offered a $25 million contact with Victoria Secret. She went on to become the most famous model in the world and hold the position of the highest paid for more than a decade.
Gisele might be renowned for being one of the most gorgeous human beings on the planet, but she’s SO much more than her looks and, just because it’s her bday today, we’re going to reveal exactly why we’re fully obsessed with her. Here’s 10 reasons we’re celebrating the beautiful human (inside and out) that is Gisele.
1. She doesn’t even think she’s the best looking model
When Gisele was asked whether it was her look that made her so successful in an interview on CBS This Morning, she replied “absolutely not.”
In fact, at the beginning of her career, Gisele never even felt like she was pretty because growing up she was a tall, lanky tomboy who wasn’t considered anything special.
2. She’s modest
Gisele puts her success down to her hardworking attitude. She says she was always eager to prove herself as she felt like an underdog, and would never complain but instead put 100% into anything anyone asked her to do.
“If I choose to say yes to something and if someone is putting their trust in me, I don’t want to disappoint anybody, I’m just not that person,” she commented.
3. She brought curvy back
Although this might sound pretty insane, considering how teeny tiny Gisele is, back in the day she was actually the model that brought 'curvy' back after beauty standards had favoured ultra skinny rock chick models like Kate Moss for years. She filled out the clothes rather than had them hang off her.
When she was photographed on the front cover of US Vogue at just 19, she sparked a movement in the fashion industry towards curvier models. Even though she genuinely shaped the fashion industry, she still puts that down to luck and being in the right place at the right time.
4. She’s not self-obsessed
A lot of models seem like whenever they’re not pouting into a camera lens they’re pouting into their mirrors at home, but Gisele doesn’t love the camera because she’s obsessed with herself.
She says that the only reason she’s really comfortable in front of the camera is because she embodies a certain persona while she models that’s completely separate to her real self.
5. Her and her husband are the cutest
We’re so used to hearing about disastrous celeb romances complete with cheating scandals and revenge porn (*cough* Rob Kardashian *cough*) that it’s a breath of fresh air when you see celebs in genuinely caring relationships.
The first word Gisele uses to describe her sport celeb hubby, Tom Brady, is “kind”. Whenever she talks about him she always describes him as incredibly supportive of her career too, which is all just too cute.
6. She’s wise AF
Gisele’s always coming out with little comments about life that show she’s wise AF.
Like when she called out the paparazzi saying that their reckless attitude feeds a system where the media can create fake news and there’s no accountability in a CBS interview. Then she called gossip a “very low vibration energy, and if you choose to focus on that energy… that’s the energy you’re going to create more of in your life.
“I’m a person who chooses to focus on things that inspire me, that make me happy, that bring joy into my life, because that’s what I want to create, and I know how to create it because that’s what I’ve been doing… Like if I had listened to the haters when I was 14 years old, I would have never been who I am today.”
See? She also does meditation, daily exercise, and eats healthily - factors which all contribute to her being so goddamn switched on. The woman’s a goddess.
7. She loves food
Yes, just like us, Gisele is a big fan of food. In fact, she once joked to E!, “I love food. I work out so I can eat when I want”.
She’s also ethical about her food - she hates wasting it. Basically, as her kids always leave leftover food on their plates, she goes around eating all their leftovers to clean up. Waste not!
8. She’s a business woman
Gisele isn’t just content with being the biggest supermodel in the world, she also has her own sandal range, lingerie brand and beauty product line.
According to Forbes, she made more than $386 million between 2001 and 2014. SO SHE’S DONE PRETTY WELL.
9. She’s charitable
After the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Gisele donated a VERY generous $1.5 million to the Red Cross for rescue funds (she beat Brangelinas’ donations, not to mention donations by even some governments to the cause).
That’s not all - Gisele’s donated to many disasters, like Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. She also chooses a different charity every year to receive the proceeds from her Ipanema sandals sales, and she’s supported loads of environmental campaigns like clean water and sustainability initiatives and efforts to preserve South American rainforests.
Oh, and she also has her own charity called the Luz Foundation, all about empowering young woman.
10. She’s inspirational
If this isn’t already obvious, Gisele’s pretty inspirational. What stands out in particular though is her encouraging and supportive attitude to other women.
When she appeared in an interview about a campaign she featured in (called “I Will What I Want”, about empowering women to achieve their ultimate career goals) she praised both the female athlete who appeared in the campaign with her and the female interviewer saying she could never do what they do. She went on to comment on how beautiful and amazing women are in general because they are all so different.
She also gave this advice to all women watching the interview: “Trust in yourself… you’re the one who creates your reality... Go there, focus on what you want and go get it.”
Basically, from the moment she was spotted in a mall at 14 to now, Gisele has always had an amazing attitude to work, fame, and life in general and is a real role model.
So happy birthday, Gisele, you deserve to have a fabulous day… P.S. WE LOVE YOU.
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