Gisele Bundchen heartbreakingly revealed that she was absolutely terrified when she found out that she was expected to walk topless on a fashion runway for the first time.
Gisele Bundchen, 38, was just 18-years-old and still new to modeling when she found out that renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen shockingly wanted her to walk topless on the runway of his 1998 Spring/Summer fashion show, and she was so terrified that she sadly burst into tears. The Brazilian beauty talked about how she “began to cry” and even considered “running away” before the show began in her new tell-all memoir Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, which was released on Oct. 2. Luckily, Gisele was helped and given a solution by a makeup artist from the show after she saw the panic on the young beauty’s face. “As soon as Val, the makeup artist, saw the situation, she said she would paint a top on me using white makeup,” Gisele wrote in her book. “Val told me how beautiful it looked and said that the runway was so dark nobody would know. If Val hadn’t shown up then, I seriously doubt I could have walked the runway.”
In addition to writing about the pivotal modeling moment, Gisele expressed her feelings about who she felt she was back then. The now mom-of-two said she “couldn’t believe” that she was given the opportunity of the international McQueen show because she was a teenager (she was 18 at the time) who spoke “limited English” and was having no luck with her auditions. For that show, however, she beat out thousands of other beautiful women who lined up in the streets to audition for a spot. When she was picked, she explained that she was given three “looks” that she would be wearing and was fitted right away. The runway required her to walk in rain which hid the tears she had beforehand. “No one could tell what was rain and what was tears,” she said.
Gisele’s anxious and depressing moment at the McQueen show was actually derived from deeper issues that she had for a long time before that. “I was a good girl,” she continued to write. “I was a tomboy. I was someone whose big breasts had embarrassed her since she’d hit puberty. I was a girl gripped by the fear that my family would feel so embarrassed they would never to me again. I was terrified.” Luckily, her family didn’t see the pics of the show when they came out since the availability of the internet was very limited in the late 1990s, and her walk was extremely successful. “It turned out that walking in Alexander McQueen’s show was the beginning of my international career,” she admitted.
Gisele’s new book provides an in-depth look at her life and her honesty is sure to inspire many of her fans. It’s refreshing to know that even though she’s a supermodel, Gisele is not afraid to share her tough times with the world.