Gisele Bundchen: ‘I’ll retire the day I die’

Gisele Bundchen is adamant that she has no plans to retire.The supermodel burst onto the scene after walking in Alexander McQueen’s ready-to-wear show in spring 1998, and 20 years later, she is still one of the most famous faces in the fashion industry…

Gisele Bundchen is adamant that she has no plans to retire.

The supermodel burst onto the scene after walking in Alexander McQueen’s ready-to-wear show in spring 1998, and 20 years later, she is still one of the most famous faces in the fashion industry, showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

“I think I am the farthest I have ever been from retiring. I’ve never worked so hard in my life, actually,” the 38-year-old shared during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (12Dec18). “I think I’ll retire only the day I die. Because I love working, I love creating, I think that’s why we’re here to keep creating and expanding and learning.”

Though the Brazilian star has taken a step back from the catwalk, last walking during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she is still a regular on fashion magazine covers and even penned her own memoir Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.

The book was unveiled earlier this year and details the struggles she’s faced in her life, including candid insights into her experiences of depression and past suicidal thoughts.

“There were lots of people I knew well that would come to me and share stories of people struggling with various different things, and I started writing letters to people that I’d never met,” Gisele recalled of the inspiration behind the book. “The feedback I got was that it was very helpful to those people and I thought, you know, I just want to be able to share and maybe other people out there might find it helpful. So that was really the intention of the book.”

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Elsa Hosk shares details of surprise Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra reveal

Elsa Hosk has reflected on the moment she learned she’d be wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.The expensive undergarment is the highlight of the annual lingerie extravaganza, and models including Gisele Bundchen,…

Elsa Hosk has reflected on the moment she learned she’d be wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

The expensive undergarment is the highlight of the annual lingerie extravaganza, and models including Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, and Claudia Schiffer have all previously been given the honour of wearing it.

This year, Elsa was chosen to wear the bejewelled Dream Angels Fantasy Bra, and Victoria’s Secret bosses organised an elaborate set-up in order to reveal the exciting news.

“Well, it was a fake shoot that Victoria’s Secret set up. They basically faked the shoot so they could interrupt it and bring out the bra to surprise me,” the Swedish model recalled to PopSugar U.K. “While I was in the middle of the shoot, they told me, ‘Someone’s here to see you.’ Then, someone came out with a big tray with a box on it, and I just kept thinking, ‘What is going on?’ Because in my mind, I didn’t think I was going to get the bra – I thought, ‘It’s going to someone else.'”

Elsa mistakenly believed that the box contained a cake in celebration of her 30th birthday, which she celebrated on 7 November (18). However, when she realised it was the $1 million bra, she “freaked out”.

“I fell to the floor just shaking and screaming, ‘Oh my God!’ It was all so crazy, and I was so excited,” she laughed.

The piece was designed exclusively for the brand by Atelier Swarovski using over 2,000 diamonds and responsibly sourced topaz. Victoria’s Secret is also offering customers the chance to purchase a similar version of the Fantasy Bra for $250 (£194) at select stores from 29 November.

The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show took place in New York City on 8 November but is airing in the U.S. on the ABC network on 2 December.

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Gisele Bundchen divulges reasons for dropping Victoria’s Secret gig

Gisele Bundchen has opened up about her decision to stop working with Victoria’s Secret.The supermodel teamed with the U.S. lingerie brand from 2000 to 2007 and was selected to wear the most expensive Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra of all time – the Red…

Gisele Bundchen has opened up about her decision to stop working with Victoria’s Secret.

The supermodel teamed with the U.S. lingerie brand from 2000 to 2007 and was selected to wear the most expensive Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra of all time – the Red Hot Fantasy Bra, which is valued at $15 million (£11.6 million).

Of her decision to end her contract, Gisele has now admitted it was time to take the plunge, even though “80 per cent” of her income came from working with the company.

“When I started, I was 19. When I got to 27, I kind of felt like there were other things I wanted to do,” she reflected in an interview with Refinery 29. “They were always very respectful. They knew that I didn’t really enjoy being in G-strings on the runway, so they always gave me a cape. I could have continued maybe three or five more years there, but I felt like I had done that chapter. When you say no to something, you say yes to something else.”

The Brazilian star has no regrets about her time at Victoria’s Secret as “it felt like a family,” and added that she lapped up the chance to work with the label in spite of the pressure she faced over the dichotomy between high fashion and commercial modelling jobs in the 1990s.

“A lot of people in fashion were telling me, ‘O.K., you might not ever do fashion again if you choose to do a very commercial client because this is 1999’ – it was like a catalogue company, it wasn’t really like anything else. They were not who they are today,” the 38-year-old recalled. “But they were giving me a five-year guarantee and more money than I would have made since I was 14 working in fashion. (I thought,) I’d rather take that, because I don’t know – I have seen so many girls come and go, and who can guarantee that I’m going to be here five years from now?”

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Gisele Bundchen was forced to walk the runway topless at first show

Gisele Bundchen was brought to tears when an unnamed fashion boss forced her to walk topless in her first catwalk show.The supermodel recalled how she sobbed with “embarrassment” upon realising her breasts would be exposed for all to see during an Alex…

Gisele Bundchen was brought to tears when an unnamed fashion boss forced her to walk topless in her first catwalk show.

The supermodel recalled how she sobbed with “embarrassment” upon realising her breasts would be exposed for all to see during an Alexander McQueen presentation back in 1998, when she was just 18.

Opening up about the drama in her new book, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, Gisele wrote: “This was my first big international show, and I had no idea how it worked. It was definitely fewer clothes than I’d ever worn on any runway.

“I began to cry. I had no idea what to do. Mostly, I thought about how disappointed and embarrassed my parents would be. I tried to hold back my tears, but they just kept coming down, and the black feathers glued to my lashes began coming unstuck.”

The Brazilian star, now 38, was saved by make-up artist Val Garland, who painted her chest with white make-up so it looked as if Gisele was wearing a thin top.

“If Val hadn’t shown up just then, I seriously doubt I could have walked the runway,” she explained. “I remember thinking that if anyone took photos of me, at least my parents wouldn’t be able to recognise me in my black wig.”

Gisele has opened up about many of her insecurities and issues in her memoir, including a segment in which she shares details of the suicidal thoughts she experienced as she battled anxiety.

“I had a wonderful position in my career, I was very close to my family, and I always considered myself a positive person, so I was really beating myself up,” she told People magazine. “I felt like I wasn’t allowed to feel bad, I felt powerless.”

Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life was published on Tuesday (02Oct18).

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Gisele Bundchen regrets secret 2015 boob job

Gisele Bundchen will always regret undergoing her top secret 2015 boob job.The Brazilian supermodel has revealed she went through a crisis of confidence after giving birth to her children – eight-year-old Benjamin and five-year-old Vivian – back to bac…

Gisele Bundchen will always regret undergoing her top secret 2015 boob job.

The Brazilian supermodel has revealed she went through a crisis of confidence after giving birth to her children – eight-year-old Benjamin and five-year-old Vivian – back to back, and decided to go under the knife. She made sure the operation was low-key and no one outside her family knew about it, but has now admitted that she regretted her decision immediately.

“I was always praised for my body, and I felt like people had expectations from me that I couldn’t deliver,” she explained in an interview with People magazine. “I felt very vulnerable, because I can work out, I can eat healthy, but I can’t change the fact that both of my kids enjoyed the left boob more than the right. All I wanted was for them to be even and for people to stop commenting on it.”

“When I woke up (after the surgery), I was like, ‘What have I done?’ I felt like I was living in a body I didn’t recognise,” the 38-year-old added. “For the first year I wore (loose-fitting) clothes because I felt uncomfortable.”

However, Gisele is lucky that her husband of nine years, sportsman Tom Brady, made sure she felt beautiful when she was at her lowest.

“He just said, ‘I love you no matter what’ and that I looked beautiful,” she smiled. “This was definitely another lesson: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But I wish I would have learned that a different way.”

The fashion icon opens up about her insecurities and other issues in her new memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, which will be released next week (beg01Oct18).

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Gisele Bundchen once struggled with suicidal thoughts

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen once grappled with suicide as she battled anxiety issues. The Brazilian beauty decided to go public with her private struggles in her new memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, because she wanted fans to see that eve…

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen once grappled with suicide as she battled anxiety issues.

The Brazilian beauty decided to go public with her private struggles in her new memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, because she wanted fans to see that even her life has been far from perfect at times.

“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on (sic),” she tells People magazine. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities, and it made me realise everything I’ve lived through, I would never change, because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”

Gisele reveals she experienced her first panic attack on a plane flight in 2003, and the drama left her fearful of enclosed spaces. She also felt her fast-rising career made the world seem smaller.

“I had a wonderful position in my career, I was very close to my family, and I always considered myself a positive person, so I was really beating myself up,” she adds. “I felt like I wasn’t allowed to feel bad, I felt powerless. Your world becomes smaller and smaller, and you can’t breathe, which is the worst feeling I’ve ever had.”

And the 38 year old started to think the best way to deal with the panic attacks was to end her life.

“I actually had the feeling of, ‘If I just jump off my balcony, this is going to end, and I never have to worry about this feeling of my world closing in (again)’,” she explains.

She turned to a doctor who initially prescribed her anxiety medicine, but Bundchen did not want to take the medication and instead decided to change her lifestyle.

“I had been smoking cigarettes, drinking a bottle of wine and three mocha Frappucinos every day, and I gave up everything in one day,” she adds. “I thought, if this stuff is in any way the cause of this pain in my life, it’s gotta go.”

Gisele, who is now married to U.S. football star Tom Brady, also ended her romance with long-time love Leonardo DiCaprio in 2005.

“Everyone who crosses our path is a teacher, they come into our lives to show us something about ourselves,” she says. “And I think that’s what he was… I honour him for what he was.”

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Karlie Kloss: ‘Designers stopped working with me when I gained weight’

Karlie Kloss struggled to land jobs when she gained weight early in her career.The 26-year-old beauty started modelling as a teenager and started finding success when she was just 15. However, when she started using birth control, her body started to c…

Karlie Kloss struggled to land jobs when she gained weight early in her career.

The 26-year-old beauty started modelling as a teenager and started finding success when she was just 15. However, when she started using birth control, her body started to change – an effect that cost her many a gig.

Revealing she went from a U.S. size 0 (U.K. size 4) to a U.S. size 6 (U.K. size 10) in less than a year, Karlie, whose height is 6 foot 1 inch, told Vogue magazine that she began getting blacklisted by some designers, who were unwilling to have a curvy model working for them.

“I started taking birth control, and my body became more womanly – hips and thighs appeared,” Victoria’s Secret star Karlie remembered. “I started losing jobs; I wasn’t getting booked for the runway; designers stopped working with me. It felt as if my world had been turned upside down.”

In addition, Karlie continuously compared herself to other models, including statuesque Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen. But after realising such a comparison was futile, she came to a decision – she had to put herself first and pursue things in life that made her happy.

“I’d always measured myself against Gisele – to me she was the pinnacle of modelling success – and that was not productive,” Karlie explained. “That’s when I had a breakthrough: I realised it was time for me to do me, to embrace the things that make me who I am.”

It was this mentality that saw Karlie return to the classroom, enrolling at New York University to study computer coding. She’s now made this a major part of her life, after setting up Kode with Klossy, a computer coding camp for young women.

And when it comes to her future plans, Karlie hopes the rest of her life will be as diverse as her first two decades on Earth.

“I hope the next 10 years bring as many surprises and adventures, and that no matter what I’m doing, I’m happy, healthy, and surrounded by loved ones,” she smiled. “I want to continue to work in fashion, build a thriving business, create access to education for young women, and hopefully make an impact in the world along the way.”

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Jamie Dornan lands Hugo Boss fragrance campaign

Jamie Dornan has been tapped as the new face of Hugo Boss’ BOSS The Scent.The popular fragrance is available in versions for men and women, and the Irish actor will front the latest campaign alongside Dutch model Birgit Kos, who has previously walked t…

Jamie Dornan has been tapped as the new face of Hugo Boss’ BOSS The Scent.

The popular fragrance is available in versions for men and women, and the Irish actor will front the latest campaign alongside Dutch model Birgit Kos, who has previously walked the runway for Fendi, Alexandre Vauthier, Versace and Roberto Cavalli.

And Jamie, who previously enjoyed a modelling career after appearing on British television show Model Behaviour in 2001, was honoured to embody the brand’s classic ethos.

“For me, Boss represents sophistication, masculinity and elegance,” he said in a statement released to WWD.

Of the collaboration, Birgit, 22, added: “Working with Jamie was great. I could not have asked for a better person to work with.”

The Fifty Shades of Grey star has partnered with Hugo Boss in the past, having showcased the label’s ready-to-wear garments and underwear from 2006 to 2008. He also appeared in the German brand’s fall/winter 2011 campaign.

Other luxury collaborations include Aquascutum, Armani, Dior and Calvin Klein, while the actor has been lucky enough to pose with fashion icons including Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, as well as actress Eva Mendes.

Though Jamie is pleased to announce his latest venture with Hugo Boss, acting remains his priority and later this year (18) he can be seen in movies including Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood and Matthew Heineman’s A Private War. The 36-year-old even previously admitted that he never believed modelling was his calling.

“I’ve never felt massively satisfied from standing there while someone takes my photograph,” he told The Evening Standard in 2014. “It’s never given me a thrill, but it would take a very foolish man to turn down the stuff that was offered to me.”

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Gisele Bundchen apologises for ‘older, wiser’ comments in Vogue interview

Gisele Bundchen has apologised for suggesting she’s wiser than the current crop of Instagram-era models in a recent interview.The supermodel was asked about her feelings regarding social media in a new Vogue U.S. cover story, and it appears that upon r…

Gisele Bundchen has apologised for suggesting she’s wiser than the current crop of Instagram-era models in a recent interview.

The supermodel was asked about her feelings regarding social media in a new Vogue U.S. cover story, and it appears that upon reflection she regretted some of the remarks she made in the interview.

In reference to the ways in which young models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid use Instagram to promote projects, Gisele insisted: “It’s not my generation, I have to be honest about that. I’m older, wiser. If I had to promote myself in the way girls modelling now have to do, forget it. I wouldn’t do it.”

However, hours after the interview was published, the catwalk veteran took to social media to apologise to any young model she may have offended.

“I’m sorry that my words in my most recent Vogue article were misunderstood,” she wrote in a post on her Twitter page. “My intention was simply to express that I come from an older generation and am not technologically savvy.

“I admire the younger generation and their skill to manage all the added demand of social media. I certainly never feel that I am wiser than anyone, and I believe that we are all learning.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the 37-year-old reflected on her own humble upbringing and the values that meant she was grounded and responsible enough to live in New York City alone by the age of 16.

“I was watching all the chaos but never getting that close,” she recalled. “Drugs. Girls coming and going, some making it, some heading down a bad path and going home. I was never a party girl. You can’t be reading Lao Tzu (ancient Chinese philosopher and writer) and partying. The environment I was living in wasn’t matching the things I was interested in.”

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Stuart Weitzman part ways with creative director Giovanni Morelli

Stuart Weitzman have announced the departure of creative director Giovanni Morelli.The designer previously worked with brands including Loewe, Prada and Burberry before succeeding Weitzman as head of his namesake brand last May (17). However, the luxur…

Stuart Weitzman have announced the departure of creative director Giovanni Morelli.

The designer previously worked with brands including Loewe, Prada and Burberry before succeeding Weitzman as head of his namesake brand last May (17). However, the luxury shoe brand has decided to part ways with Morelli, citing issues with his behaviour in the workplace.

“While we greatly admire Giovanni’s creative talents, Tapestry (house of modern lifestyle including Stuart Weitzman) is committed to an environment where every individual feels respected and at times his behaviour fell short of these standards,” Tapestry chief executive officer Victor Luis said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we have the utmost confidence in the talented Stuart Weitzman design team under the direction of CEO and brand president Eraldo Poletto, who has a proven track record of developing iconic brands and successfully building global teams.”

Morelli presented his first and only collection during New York Fashion Week in February (18), which showcased his revamped, trendier approach to footwear.

“The strategy of the brand is to give a more cohesive point of view, but also to create wardrobe essentials,” he explained to WWD before his collection hit the catwalk. “I would really like to have, in-store, pumps with different heel heights — just like with jeans how you want slim fit and regular fit offered in the store. This sense of offering is a bit American, which I like.”

Weitzman, who founded his eponymous label over 30 years ago, reportedly pledged to gradually phase himself out of the running of the company after it was acquired by Coach Inc. (now Tapestry) in January 2015.

A number of high profile campaigns followed, with Gisele Bundchen starring in the label’s first ever commercial in August 2015, with the brand since going on to work with top models including Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls.

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