Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio has admitted that she had her ears pinned back in a botched operation aged 11 so that she could fulfil her modelling dreams
To us she looks like a perfect specimen, but to herself Alessandra Ambrosio has 'flaws'. Said flaws led her to undergo cosmetic surgery in her native Brazil - the world's cosmetic surgery capital - aged just 11-years-old.
"I always knew I wanted to be a model so I decided to have my ears pinned back, because they stuck out a bit," she tells the latest issue of The Edit .
"I found this doctor in my hometown [of Erechim] in Brazil who had only done it once before, so I was a guinea pig," Ambrosio says. "The first few nights, it felt like someone had cut off my ears. For a year, I had to go back for mini-surgeries."
The Victoria's Secret Angel has since looked to getting the botched op fixed but the thought of surgery "freaks me out now," she says.
The model also spoke of her lifestyle brand, Alé by Alessandra, which will launch next year.
"Hopefully one day I'll have an empire," she says. "When I started modeling at 15, after modelling school, I thought it would all be over for me by 19, but that's just not the case anymore."