Gisele Bundchen is certain the #MeToo movement has the power to “unite” women around the globe.
The Brazilian supermodel retired from runway modelling back in 2015 but continues to appear in editorials and campaigns and also released her book Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life last year (18).
In her story, Gisele opened up about her experiences in the competitive fashion industry, however, she is hoping that models will soon become much more supportive of one another, especially in light of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault which is sweeping the entertainment industry.
“I come from a family of six strong, beautiful women. The way I grew up, we always supported each other, we helped each other, we loved each other. But when I left home, that’s not what I felt with the other models. I did not understand why anyone would not want the best for me, when I wanted the best for everybody,” she said in an interview with Porter magazine. “This #MeToo movement has united women. It’s a beautiful thing. We are stronger when we are together… It makes me wonder why we weren’t being like this before.”
In her book, Gisele opened up on a wide range of topics, including her struggles with anxiety, her former relationships, such as with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and how she met her husband, American football quarterback Tom Brady, whose team the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl for the sixth time on Sunday (03Feb19).
But it took the 38-year-old a long time to realise that she should merge all of her old letters and experiences into a book, especially considering how she was constantly asked by fans and friends for life advice.
“I’d be at, like, the dentist. He’d say, ‘Oh, Gisele, my niece is going through this tough time, would you write something?’ It was kind of funny; it’d be the most random moments,” the mother-of-two recalled of her inspiration for the project. “If I could allow myself to feel vulnerable and share, they would see that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel…The letters seemed to really help these girls. One started an anti-bullying programme in school; another stopped being bulimic.”
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