Gisele Bündchen Shares 'Personal Transformation' Post 1.5 Years After Divorce

Gisele Bündchen's Twin Sister Claims The Model 'Gets Her Hands Dirty'

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on March 24, 2024 at 1:30 PM EDT

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 43, may know how to work a camera and a runway, but she also knows how to work power tools.

Bündchen is considered one of the most successful and highest-paid models in the world. Over the course of her career, she has been celebrated for her beauty, professionalism, and influence in the fashion industry.

After a stellar modeling career, she retired from the runway in 2015. Now, she is involved in environmental activism and philanthropy work and supports causes related to conservation and children's health.

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Gisele Bündchen Is An Independent Woman

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After Gisele Bündchen got divorced from Tom Brady, she hired movers to help gather her things from the home she shared with the former NFL star -- but she shocked the men when she helped out by lugging boxes and rolling furniture out, including carrying a table to the truck.

“Those guys! If you saw their faces,” she told The New York Times, adding, “They were like, ‘You’re crazy.’”

Bündchen's twin sister, Patricia, told fans not to let her looks and career fool you as she "has the ability to nail, screw, sand, fix anything."

"She really gets her hands dirty," she told The NYT in an email.

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Gisele Bündchen Says Modeling 'Never Defined Me'

Gisele Bündchen Says She Cured Her Panic Attacks With One Simple Change

Despite being one of the highest-paid models in the world, she previously told Vogue that she doesn't allow that to "define" her.

“I’m not a model,” she told the magazine, adding, “Modeling is a job that I do, a career that I’ve had. It allowed me to see the world, and I was well-paid for it. But it never defined me.”

The former Victoria's Secret angel wants the public to know she is more than a model. Over the years, she has lent her voice, time, image, and money to environmental causes. She went on to star in National Geographic’s documentary series 'Years of Living Dangerously'.

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“There are enough signs that we can’t keep going in this direction,” she told the magazine a few years ago. "People forget that without a healthy environment, there are no healthy humans, because last time I checked, our life depends on the health of our planet, period."

She concluded, "At the end of the day, the Earth will be fine. If we are gone, she’s going to regenerate herself. So we have to think about how we’re going to survive on it. How can we have the least impact?”

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Gisele Bündchen Says She Grew Up In A 'Middle-Class Family'

Gisele Bündchen Says She Cured Her Panic Attacks With One Simple Change

The former model is one of six children. Her father was a sociology professor and her mother was a bank clerk.

“I come from a middle-class family and everyone had to chip in,” she recalled of her childhood. One of the ways the children were able to help out around the house was to get chores done.

“One sister cleans the bathroom, one cleans the kitchen. This is why it was OK for me to leave at fourteen because I knew how to take care of myself,” she said.

By the time she was sixteen, Bündchen was living in a model apartment in New York City, which she shared with three other girls, sleeping in bunk beds.

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'I Was Never A Party Girl'

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Despite being in the Big Apple, the former Victoria's Secret model claims she was "never a party girl," but she would watch "all the chaos," which included drugs and "girls coming and going, some making it, some heading down a bad path and going home."

"The environment I was living in wasn’t matching the things I was interested in," she recalled, "I was wondering, How is it that we’re all floating on this blue dot in space? I’ve always been a curious person, and I’ve always asked the big questions. What else? What more? This can’t be all there is.”

The following year, she got her big break, as Alexander McQueen cast her in his spring-summer 1998 show.

The Moment That Everything Changed

Gisele Bündchen Says She Cured Her Panic Attacks With One Simple Change

In 2022, she signed a contract with the furrier Blackglama, but when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rushed the stage at that year's Victoria's Secret fashion show with signs that read, “Gisele: Fur Scum,” she "stopped in her tracks."

“Suddenly it dawned on me,” she recalled, “I was in the hamster wheel: I’m just going to go out there and be a good girl and do what my agent tells me to do. What do I know? It wasn’t until that shock—it stopped me in my tracks. They sent me all these videos. I wasn’t aware of what was happening, and I was devastated."

Adding, "So I said, ‘Listen, I’m not doing fur campaigns.’ It put me in the driver’s seat, finally. The universe comes to you and says, ‘Hello, maybe you should notice this.’ You need to be responsible for the choices you make.”

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