How Gisele Bundchen fought naysayers to start up and succeed

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bündchen has recently announced her intention to take some time away from modelling so she can focus on her family life, making this as good a time as any to look back at her illustrious career. The Brazilian beauty is amongst the world’s foremost supermodels, with a success story that is as inspirational as some of her better-known photo-shoots. In 2015, Forbes ranked Gisele at #46 on their list of the world’s 100 highest paid celebrities — marking her as the only model to make the cut. Aged 35 at the time, Gisele was easily out-earning younger models, with advertising contracts from beauty brands including Chanel and Carolina Herrera in her kitty.

Back when she was starting out, however, Gisele admits she struggled to make her mark. In fact, Bündchen was bullied so much when she was younger for being too “tall and skinny,” that she came to think that “bullying was just the way life is.” She recalls: “I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover. It wasn’t easy to… hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure. I told my dad, and he said, ‘Next time, tell them, I have a big nose and that comes with a big personality.’ At that point I felt, if I kept working hard and giving my best, it would all work out.”

So, keeping her “big” nose studiously to the grindstone, Gisele laboured on; finally coming to be globally acknowledged as a leader in her line of work. There’s a lesson here for all those looking to start up and make their mark in a competitive world: if at first you get beat down, try and try again. Others have struggled and stumbled and yet found success long before we began to try.

Image Credits: Gisele Bündchen by Paulo Vainer for Vogue Brazil; via

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