Brazil­ian su­per­model Gisele says body ‘asked’ her to stop 2-decade-long run­way life

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Brazil­ian su­per­model Gisele Bund­chen, who is re­tir­ing from the cat­walk next week af­ter a twodecade-long ca­reer, said in an in­ter­view out Satur­day that she’s quit­ting af­ter her body “asked her to stop.”

Bund­chen, 34, who will make her fi­nal sashay down the cat­walk dur­ing Sao Paulo Fash­ion Week, said in the Folha de Sao Paulo news­pa­per that she had “learned to lis­ten to her body.”

“Au­to­mat­i­cally my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I re­spect my body, it’s a priv­i­lege to be able to stop” run­way work, said Bund­chen, the high­est paid model in the world, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

Bund­chen em­pha­sized that she is not re­tir­ing but will con­tinue off-the-run­way work and spend more time with her fam­ily.

The blonde Brazil­ian beauty, who has al­ready re­duced her num­ber of ap­pear­ances, is mar­ried to New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots star Tom Brady, with whom she has two young chil­dren, Benjamin and Vi­vian.

“I don’t see how to con­tinue (mod­el­ing on the cat­walk) ... and stop­ping will leave room “for other projects I have for my­self,” Bund­chen said, with­out spec­i­fy­ing other up­com­ing plans.

Bund­chen — who Forbes says has been the world’s high­estearn­ing model for the past eight years, with US$ 47 mil­lion in earn­ings last year — is ex­pected to turn her fo­cus to print ad cam­paigns.

She has worked with the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuit­ton, Alexander Wang, Ba­len­ci­aga and Carolina Her­rera. She has also many times been a Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret “An­gel.”

Sao Paulo Fash­ion week, where Bund­chen has been a fix­ture through­out her ca­reer, lasts from April 13-17.

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