Saturday 24 September 2016

Gisele was told she'd never make it as a model because her 'nose is too big and eyes are too small'

Published 28/04/2016 | 10:20

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen presents a creation by Colcci during the 2016 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen presents a creation by Colcci during the 2016 Summer collections of the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo
Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Colcci show at SPFW Summer 2016 at Parque Candido Portinari on April 15, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images)
Gisele Bundchen by Taschen
Model Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015
Gisele Bundchen in 2016: She's retired from the runway, but sitting on a €300m fortune with more lucrative projects in the pipeline.
Model Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held at the Kodak Theatre on November 16, 2006

Gisele is definitely having the last laugh.

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She's the wealthiest model in the world, with a net worth at an estimated €320m, but not everyone saw the Brazilian bombshell's potential at an early age.

In her early modelling days, she was largely criticised for her appearance and turned down by numerous agencies who said she'd never land a magazine cover because her "nose was too big". She's appeared on hundreds.

"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," she told People magazine.

Gisele Bundchen by Taschen
Gisele Bundchen by Taschen

"It wasn't easy to be 14 and 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."

Gisele was eventually signed by Elite models in 1997 and the rest is history.

Model Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held at the Kodak Theatre on November 16, 2006
Model Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show held at the Kodak Theatre on November 16, 2006

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