ONE NIGHT IN CUBA WITH GISELE
The supermodel en vacance.
ON CUBA: “I came to Cuba for the first time in 1995 and I find the people so lovely. It’s so beautiful and colourful. It has stopped in time and, yes, there is a lot of poverty, but in some ways the people here are so happy.they are not looking at their phones constantly, they are looking at each other and having conversations and hugging each other.there’s a lot of human connection and interaction, and people are in the streets sitting in their chairs.” ON RETIRING FROM THE RUNWAY: “I don’t walk anymore and I really enjoy watching now. For 20 years I did the show, so it is now fun to be on the other side. It was fun to see Stella [Tennant] and Mariacarla [Boscono], girls from my time, and just cheer them on.there is much less pressure sitting in the front row!” ON HER RED-HOT CRUISE SHOW LOOK: “When Chanel sent me things to wear, I chose the red dress because it seemed very Cuban. when in Cuba, you don’t think black, you think yellow, red and green — something happy. Then I thought, you know, Cuban revolution and the Cubans’ way of thinking, so I wanted to wear something out of respect for that, and thought ‘Che Guevara used to wear a beret, so I’ll wear one too!’ Then the models came out and they were wearing them as well. Karl was ahead of me!” ON KARL LAGERFELD: “Karl is very sweet. He is a man of few words — he’s serene and keeps to himself but is always kind. He’s not a loud person, he is a gentle soul. He is always nice to be around.” ON WORKING WITH CHANEL: “I’ve been in the business for 21 years, and it’s really nice to be working for a company that is loving and respectful to everyone and that treats everyone with equality, which is rare. A lot of corporations become so big it becomes all about the bottom line, but Chanel still has that sense of family.” THAT BODY …: “I work out every day! I don’t think anything comes easily — it’s all about hard work. I have a kung fu teacher and he’s so funny. He’s 70 and he says to me, ‘When you look at your body, it looks back at you. when you turn yourself away from your body, it turns away too.’ the more you put in, the more you are going to get out.” ON AGEING: “As I’m getting older, I feel this need to think about everything I do. What I eat, what I think, what I read. Not just physical, but mental as well. What am I attracting? What am I bringing into my life? What kind of thoughts am I allowing to come into my head? What kind of people are in my life? It’s about a combination of things. It’s about feeling good, and exercise is a huge part of it. For me it’s not about how I look, it’s about how I feel, and I feel so much more energised when I exercise.” ON SOCIAL-MEDIA STARS GIGI HADID AND KENDALL JENNER: “We are in a different time — 2016 is a new era [in terms of social-media fame]. Of course, they are models.what is the definition of a model? Someone who can wear clothes well and sell the clothes, right? I feel like anyone who can do that is a model. So I think it is a different era and many people are not yet used to this change. I’ve been around [the fashion industry] for 21 years, so I have seen lots of changes. Fashion and life are cyclical, and the only certain thing is change.as long as we can go with the flow and with change, life will be good.”
Gisele Bündchen in Havana before the Chanel cruise 2017 show. Right and below: looks on the runway. Far right: locals line the streets.