Gisele Bündchen and I share der birthday—July 20—so when I, a fellow Leo-cusp Cancer confirmed up on she doorstep in Brookline, Massachusetts, to talk about her new book Lessons: My path to naquela Meaningful Life, we became fast friends. Ns town is her adoptive casa base, e not far from where I prospered up, but ns parallels in between our stays pretty much fim there. Us chitchatted about ns weather e talked around travel, then she sliced me der piece the vegan chocolate pie e went top top to offer me an immediate numerology reading—Bündchen was convinced that due to the fact that of our bear dates e “collective awareness numbers,” 2018 is a big year ao both of united state (definitely for her with a release the this book, but personally, ns still wait to see como as Q3 and Q4 play out). “Yes, totally,” ns remember saying, eating it todos up. This is Gisele Bündchen—when she uses you part vegan chocolate pie, or part numerology advice, you remover it.

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Lessons is not a memoir or biography, but a “journal,” together she phone call it. The is der scrapbook of memories, detailing the struggle e passion that driven her through much more than two decades in fashion e the tools that she picked up along ns way. Come an outsider, ns combination the numerology, transcendental meditation, der plant-based diet, e unrelenting eco-friendly activism can seem like der bit of one eccentric supermodel “how go she são de it all” hodgepodge. Yet delving into Lessons mostra that each of these practices is a response or adaptation to some challenge in her life, whether it foi ~ building der career far improvisado from casa or navigating a private family life in the most public of professions. Introducing der plant-based diet e regular meditation, for example, era her rua to conquer debilitating panic assaults in her early on 20s. Suddenly, em ~ dealing with work-related stress to chopping off she hair in the wake of a breakup, the distance in between Bündchen e the remainder of united state doesn’t seem therefore vast.

Here, us spoke about writing Lessons, why Bündchen i will not ~ rule fora writing a cookbook fairly yet, e why, possibly someday, she could even let her children model. Hear to an exclude, audiobook clip, below, as well.

It is not naquela book the has naquela beginning, a middle, e an end, per se. That not a sequence the time; it’s not der biography by any type of means. We’re constantly evolving and growing, so the book era done in a very essential way, in der relaxed sort of “thought popped up in my head” way. . . . This is why it’s much more of a journal. This is why it’s der collage. This is why there are 70-something pictures in ns book because I era thinking for der person who didn’t have actually those experiences, sometimes der picture says a thousand words and you have the right to go back to the time, right? therefore this is why i put na foto of childhood or various phases in mine life.

Your book reveals naquela lot about your struggles with anxiety attacks e finding naquela sense that your own self while growing up in the moda industry. Was it hard to go earlier to few of those memories porque o Lessons?

It was. I think there are a most emotions and stuff the you type of pick not to go ago due to the fact that they are too painful. Girlfriend feel favor you’re type of past them and you don’t desire to ever remind that again because girlfriend feel like they to be . . . You know, the was a very fragile time in her life and you simply think, like, girlfriend know, I’ve do it. I survived it. I meditate every work so those memories retained coming earlier to my awareness. I thought, If ns can só reach naquela few people e it can be helpful to them, probably I could a partir de an open up letter like naquela diary, prefer I’m having der conversation com them.

So, you want this book to help people.

If something foi ~ useful para you, e it aided you, you naturally want to share it since if you view others struggling, you like, “I want to aid them.” If I went through something similar e by sharing my suffer can aid someone vai out of the deepest, darkest place, to understand they’re no alone, that’s very helpful.


Gisele Bündchen photographed through Nino Muñoz, styled by Melina Selva, hair by david von Cannon, assembly by Jenna AntonPhoto: Nino Munoz
What was ns hardest part about doing this book?

The hardest part ser estar going ago to those moments. Ns panic assaults were der very hard thing due to the fact that I haven’t proficient anxiety due to the fact that then, once I changed my diet e started meditating. Even just talking about those moments, like, I começo feeling novamente after so plenty of years ns feelings comes back and I’m like, I don’t want to feel that again. Ns way I supplied to eat e drink, thinking about it now I’m like, Are friend kidding me? I era working 360 dia a year. If I had actually Thanksgiving off, it was 1 day e then I’d be flying to London or Paris, then i would do three hours with friends and leave again. Ns mean, i didn’t have a life. However I mean I had to be o fim of balance to understand that doesn’t work. Either you find out through enduring something or you discover vicariously with other civilization . . . I mean, now I’m 38 and looking back and my perspective is therefore different, however at the time, you nothing have a maturity, you don’t have ns experience.

What lessons would you give young models today?

Don’t remover things personally. It is in authentic and who you are, since if you aren’t, you’re walking to shed yourself. Be all set for naquela fair amount of rejection because that’s a business. Moda is prefer fruit salad. An apple is not going to it is in an orange. I love both. It’s simply that part days, ns feel prefer eating an apple and some days I feel like eating one orange. Occasionally I like a whole fruit salad! occasionally you’re right para the job e the designer and the stylist today, however tomorrow it can be something fully different. It has nothing to a partir de with you; it has actually to são de with what the booker is looking porque o at that moment.


Gisele Bündchen photographed by Nino Muñoz, styled by Melina Selva, hair by david von Cannon, makeup by Jenna AntonPhoto: Nino Munoz
People ser estar so fascinated with your unique plant-based diet. Would certainly you ever dá a cookbook?

You know, deserve to I phone call you a funny thing about this book? once I ser estar getting prepared to do this book and going through ns bidding process, human being were like, “Oh, aqui comes Gisele, she going come write like an ‘exercise and recipe’ book.” i think people were surprised because that’s what castle expected são de me. Every publisher ser estar like “But, Gisele! You should write naquela book about lifestyle! about what you eat!” however there was der calling. I had actually this purpose, e a cookbook wasn’t the purpose. Not that ns don’t think nutrition is incredibly important.

Because you do end up talking about your diet just naquela bit in Lessons.

I do, yet everything is virtually penciled in. Ns give der little introduction. Mine intention ser estar not to say that this is right e this is wrong. It’s as with I desire to plant a seed e let you decide . . . I tried to provide an ideia of der routine the happens, choose oil pulling every morning, then having nome é water com lemon, e the meditation—just to give an idea. However maybe i will 1 day do a cooking recipes book, since I são de love food. I love, love food and I’m obsessed com desserts. I have dessert every day.

You have actually dessert every day? With all due respect, how?

Every solitary day! I need to be honest com you, my thing is I have dessert com lunch. I never go a day without dessert because it makes me happy. Most of mine desserts estão avocado- e coconut-based due to the fact that those ~ ~ the ideal fats porque o the brain. Prefer today, this bolo is made o fim of avocado, coconut, bananas. Ns crust is made fora of dates e nuts, e these little coconut nibs on ns top e then coconut yogurt on top, then ns top component is 70 percent dark chocolate—my favorite ever—with little pecans e things top top top, due to the fact that it’s the best thing para your brain e for your heart, e for your happiness.


Gisele Bündchen photographed by Nino Muñoz, styled by Melina Selva, hair by david von Cannon, assembly by Jenna AntonPhoto: Nino Munoz
So, that dessert, but “guilt-free.”

Oh honey, I’m never guilty around it! i dropped ns guilt. Can I phone call you? That’s one more thing it is been great about the book since I think there ser estar so much judgment e things I ser estar questioning, girlfriend know, if I must share, should I not share. But you recognize what? i’m free. If civilization want to judge me porque o what i’ve experienced, i mean, it’s my life. It’s what happened. You understand what ns mean? ns going to liberate myself from todos of that. Ns can’t mudança what happened. So the book was liberating.

Do you ever have a “cheat day?”

You know, it’s so funny. I don’t call it naquela cheat day. I’m not “cheating” myself. Ns know precisely what ns doing and I really think everything’s around balance. I have been naquela person quem didn’t live in balance before, e I type of had a consequences of that unbalanced vida that broke me. I think that made me establish what the choices I desire to do are. My corpo humano is mine temple and just like I desire to read things that ser estar going to inspire me, it’s a same with food. I want to pegar things in my body that are going to it is in nutritious due to the fact that my on purpose is to live as grande as possible. That said, i eat dark chocolate every day. It provides me an extremely happy. Prefer this morning, the kids had part friends sleep over e I do gluten-free waffles with chocolate chips, and I era like, “Hey, I’m having actually some of that, too! ns not just making them for you!” so it’s no something ns would have every day, yet if ns making it for the kids, I’ll have actually it, e I’m very happy. Everything I a partir de has to work for me. Like, if i don’t practice daily, i don’t feeling well. Ns don’t feel energized. But when ns wake up at 5:00 or 5:30 a.m., i m sorry is as soon as I meditate e work out, i feel great.

Your children are obviously fairly young still. However would you ever before let castle model?

I would certainly let my crianças do anything that they think will certainly make them happy because ns don’t think it is my decision come make, girlfriend know? i think if my parents didn’t let me leave casa at 14 year old, ns would have never gained to endure what i have experienced, and even despite I’m sure they had enquanto idea what was fora there in a world due to the fact that I come from naquela tiny cidade of 17,000 people, them trusting me make me feel prefer I didn’t desire to disappointed them, and I was still able to carve my own path e go with my own experiences. Mine parents love me, trusted me, offered me values, e then I ir into a world. That’s what I want to provide my kids. Everything my filho choose to do, i will support them e love them e be here porque o them durante matter what.


Gisele Bündchen backstage at Milan fashion Week, 1998

Photo: Courtesy that Gisele Bündchen

One critical question. 1 of mine colleagues want to know, would you ever cut your hair?

I have! the funny: call me como as many world have remained in this organization 23 years quem have never really changed, besides me? but there foi ~ this 1 time I was going with something the I cut my hair. I proved up at the Dolce & Gabbana show e I psychic Orlando the hairdresser ser estar there. I said, “Orlando, what are you act later? have the right to I involved your house so girlfriend can cut my hair?” climate he cut my hair to, like, a shoulder.

Wait. Ser estar this like naquela breakup-hair chop-off moment?

Yeah. It was kind of uma of those moments. I ser estar in mine 20s e I era like, You recognize what, ns going to reduced my hair. I’m der very emotionally person, together you know due to the fact that you ~ ~ a Cancer. It foi ~ during my scare attacks. I era going through a lot of various things that ns felt like perhaps it was weighing me under or something. Ns felt favor I want to cut it, e I did, yet nobody seemed to care. You will see. There ser estar pictures if you search “2003,” you will check out my hair in almost naquela bob, however it foi ~ still kind of wavy and messy. Ns guess I will certainly just guarda my hair long. It is really much who I am, ns think . . . If anything, ns would choose to have actually really much much longer hair!

This interview has been edited for clarity e length.

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Lessons: My course to naquela Meaningful vida comes o fim October 2.