Quoted: Gisele Bündchen

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
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Q: What would you say in the future if your daughter wanted to become a model?
A: “I would say to her, ‘You can be anything you want to be.’ We raise our kids to go out into the world. If my mom hadn’t let me leave home at 14 years old, and if she hadn’t trusted me to leave, I wouldn’t be who I am today. She gave me that opportunity and my daughter will have the same. If I give her the same amount of love my parents gave me, she will be okay. I don’t want to repeat myself, but I always remember that I slept in a room with my five sisters, in a bunk bed on top and we had to be like, ‘I’m in the shower, I’m in the shower,’ taking turns. I never lacked anything throughout my childhood—running around barefoot and taking eggs from the chickens was heaven and that’s what I want to create for my kids. I want them to experience that because that’s my reality, that’s my experience, and that’s what made me who I am. So, as long as I give my kids the opportunity to experience that, they’re going to be able to make the right choices in their lives. I have to give them the dignity of their own process—their life is not my life, they are one special soul and they came here to experience their own experience and whatever they want to be—so, I’m just going to love them and support them. My kids teach me so much. They teach me to be patient. There’s not a bad day with these children, I feel so blessed. So, I think that when you become a mom you become even more sensitive and more overwhelmed with emotions—I feel everything so much more and it’s such a beautiful thing because I feel like our hearts just expand. Children put everything into perspective and it’s a huge commitment. You have to clear so many things out of your life to make space for them. If I’m going to do one right thing in my life, I hope to be the best mom I can be, because to me that’s the most important thing. Nothing else matters.”

-Gisele Bündchen in Self Service magazine, No. 39, Fall/Winter 2013.

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