Mario Testino takes credit for Gisele’s career: ‘Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her’

If you dislike Gisele, you now have someone new to blame for her omnipresence in the fashion industry. Photographer Mario Testino claims, in a new interview, that “nobody wanted” Gisele when she first came on the scene. Her “look” wasn’t popular, and Testino takes credit for promoting Gisele and being obsessed with her “look”. Which… eh. I mean, I’m sure Testino does deserve some credit. But there were other factors, and Testino’s words just seem to emphasize how no one cared for Gisele when she first came on the scene (and how she might not even be that popular today?).

She is the highest paid model in the world and the long-legged beauty that Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell credit as the only true remaining ‘supermodel’, but life wasn’t always so easy for Gisele Bundchen.

According to acclaimed photographer Mario Testino, nobody in the fash pack even batted an eyelid at the girl now tipped to become the world’s first ever billionaire supermodel.

‘Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her,’ said Testino. ‘I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody thought she was right – too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist. But I believe in being obsessed, in getting obsessed,’ he told The Observer.

Testino, 57, made no mistake in tipping 32-year-old Gisele for stardom. The model, actress and world famous Victoria’s Secret model’s total earnings over the last 10 years have passed the $250 million mark, according to Forbes.

And as for prolific photographer Testino, who shot the iconic Duke and Duchess of Cambridge engagement photographs as well as snaps of Princess Diana and Kate Moss, his Peruvian upbringing wasn’t anywhere near as glamorous as his current day job. Growing up in Lima, Peru, his fashion-forward style was vilified by his fellow residents.

‘They screamed at me in the street: “F-ggot,” All my allowance went on taxi fares. I couldn’t take public transport the way I dressed,’ he said in the candid interview.

But since arriving in London in 1977, his career has gone from strength to strength. He is the man credited for reviving Gucci, is loved and trusted by the Royal family and has even been described as the world’s most prolific magazine photographer.

[From The Mail]

I still remember when I realized Gisele was a “thing”. Meaning, when she became a superstar/supermodel. And it didn’t have anything to do with Testino, and it had everything to do with Leonardo DiCaprio. THAT was when everybody was like, “Oh, who’s the Brazilian?” Leo had just come out of his P-ssy Posse, post-Titanic years and he ended up with Gisele, and all anybody could talk about what Gisele’s amazing body and how Leo couldn’t get enough of it. So, while Testino may have promoted Gisele to fashion insiders and such, and he probably did help her a lot when she was starting out, let’s not forget that she only reached her super-stardom when Leo picked her out of the catalog.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

 

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  1. ladybert62 says:

    Absolutely nothing anyone says and nothing that she wears will ever make me think she is attractive.

  2. jess says:

    I dont get her appeal. I think shes very plain.

    • Denise says:

      When you see her first few years as a model you can’t believe she got work with how plain her head was (face and hair). She’s been said to be ‘not beautiful’ but many in the industry, but then she put on a swimsuit and grew out her hair and boners ensued.

  3. Bluedog says:

    Let’s be honest; her nose job and small implants helped, too.

  4. HotPockets says:

    Leo is not like a fine wine, he get’s uglier with age. Looking at this photo reminded me that he use to be sexy.

    I think Giselle, like Kate Moss, Iman and Grace Jones, became larger than life because her beauty is subject-able.I am not a fan of her look, but she is interesting to look at, that’s why she gets so much recognition. She is almost androgynous looking.

  5. Kelly says:

    She’s a good example of a handsome woman.

  6. lower-case deb says:

    is that judy dench in the background of the leo-gisele picture? top right hand corner, with the totally cool sunglasses?

    i swear she caught my eyes right away.
    either i’m actually a bigger judi dench fangirl than i thought i am, or she really has that much aura.

  7. Xogami says:

    She’s really ugly and nothing will make me think otherwise.

  8. Gracie says:

    It’s amazing where a beej can get you these days.

  9. Jess says:

    She’s like the Jennifer Aniston of supermodels. She’s not all that pretty, but for some reason, people are drawn to her.

    • Me Too says:

      Wow! You are so right! She is like a Jennifer Aniston of models. Lucky for her when she came along, that’s the look that was hot. Now? I wonder if she’s still relevant only because she smartly developed a “top model” persona that everyone feeds into. Seems like if you say something enough, we all line up and believe it.

      She just seems like so many models both today and before her even. But she’s played the game well. She hooked up with movie stars, ot more famous and is now married to a sports star. When his star fades, she’ll dump him and move on. She’s an opportunist and she knows how to play the game.

  10. Christina says:

    It does annoy me when men try to claim the credit for a woman’s success. However, even if Testino is exaggerating – and I’m sure he is – it does serve to remind us that the gap between being the next ‘It Girl’ and being just another struggling model, is vanishingly small.

    Giselle, though not beautiful, certainly has a photogenic face and a great body. Thing is, so do lots of other young women, many of them working in dead end jobs or barely managing to get work as models. But if a model can catch the eye of a top photographer, or be chosen for just one high-profile campaign, it makes all the difference. Same is true for actors – there are lots of beautiful, talented actors working as waiters, waiting for the big break which will never come.

    And once a model has hit the big time, she has to make sure she stays there, beating off the ever-present competition from younger, leggier girls. The easiest way to do this is to get yourself a famous boyfriend or three, and ruthlessly market yourself as the latest Hot Couple. Whoring out your offspring for the ever-present cameras is an additional option.

    Well, it worked for Giselle. And Heidi Klum. And Miranda Kerr. At the end of the day, the ability to look hot in a swimsuit isn’t that rare.

  11. natalina says:

    Her nose was actually bigger before her nose job so i believe the guy

  12. LucyOriginal says:

    First of all, this story is no news. Gisele, herself, has talked about her struggles as a model- including her “dislike” for her nose. Also, She recently said she was rejected 42 times.

    Second, this statement here “And it didn’t have anything to do with Testino, and it had everything to do with Leonardo DiCaprio” is completely inaccurate. Gisele was already well known in the fashion world when she started dating Leo in 2000. Correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I know, He knew her when she was 17-18 years old, but she did not accept his advances because she had a boyfriend (a model)at that time.

    Third, She was probably known here in US through him and Victoria’s secret catalog. Perhaps Americans are not much into fashion, I don’t know. But don’t say it she was known world wide through Leo’s association. America does not represent the whole world, you know?

    Finally, I don’t understand the hate many of you have against someone you don’t even know. Someone who is family oriented and has an impressive work ethic.

    • carrie says:

      i remember the first time that i saw her ,it was in a documentary of the french Fashion week.She was 18 and she was reputed to be the nicest model and the first brazilian model (remember when every It girl model was brazilian)

    • blonde on the dock says:

      I have always found her beautiful.

    • Gracie says:

      This is celebitchy, we can dislike her all we want. I think she’s pretentious, a famewhore, and overall not pretty or beautiful. She just has blonde hair and is tall, bfd.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        Gracie: You can dislike her as much as you want. But using inaccurate facts to state your opinions towards her is unfair. Pretentious, maybe… She can definitely come across as such…famewhore? Since when? I just don’t see it.

        I don’t remember Gisele exploiting her relationships, let alone with Leo. Actually, she only went on a red carpet with him once in 2005 (5 years after they started dating). It’s also known she suffered from panic attacks for most of the time she was in a relationship with him and, allegedly, passed some work.

    • Cameron says:

      ITA, Giselle was famous before Leo. But dating Leo at his height of popularity definitely put her on the map for thiose that didnt follow the fashion industry. Yes, she’s not the prettiest model. But she has perhaps the best catwalk in the industry. To me, better than Naomi Campbell who was the Queen catwalker back in the 90′s.

    • Really? says:

      “America does not represent the whole world, you know?”

      EXCUSE ME LucyOriginal, but WHERE DID YOU GET THAT FROM THIS ARTICLE? No where is this written, nor implied my dear.

      You are definitely entitled to your opinion, so go ahead, if you need to bring it up for some tangential reason, but you did not find this in the article, and secondly, just for the record, Leo the Titanic Boy doesn’t represent America either. He represents Hollywood. Believe it or not, there is a difference.

      I live in Europe and am sick to my teeth of the not so subtle arrogance and “chic” anti-american bigotry. It’s so weird, because the U.S. ADORES EUROPE, but little do they know how much the feelings are not mutual.

      What’s strange is that it’s the Europeans, known for being arrogant (and rightfully so in some cases), who are so quick to criticise others for the same qualities they themselves possess. Ah, why but of course, it must have something to do with that.

      Oh well, like you, had to get that off my chest, i feel much better now! In general, i embrace diversity and freedom. To each his own. Vive la différence. And Vive la CeleBitchy!!!

    • V4Real says:

      @ Lucy Hi Lucy, how have you been? I was just reading through your comments about Gisele and even though I explained it in a less spiteful way in my comment further down, I get what they are saying. In my comment I blamed the media for her success. Gisele was probably an established model before Leo came into the picture but she really didn’t become worldwide until she started dating him. Not her fault, Leo was a popular actor at that time and he could have been dating the girl next door and that girl would become well known because the media would be more interested in who’s Leo dating, then whatever movies he’s promoting.

      Look at it this way. A lot of us have dislike for Minka Kelly and we call her a famewhore because of who she’s dating. Minka was a known actress before she started dating Jeter but she became more popular after hooking up with Derek. That’s what they are saying about Gisele, she was known but she wasn’t worldwide at that time. I understand that she might have been popular in other countries but so many foreign actors, singers, etc have said once you’re big in America then you know you’ve made it.

      I also think it’s because in the media Gisele is known to have a bad attitude.

      She rubbed a lot of mothers the wrong way when she criticized the ones who didn’t breastfeed, stating that how can they create a bond with their baby if they don’t. Come on Gisele, you give birth once and now you’re an expert on parenting. And lets not forget her diarrehea of the mouth after the Patriots lost the Superbowl. She was also fired from Victoria Secret even though she won’t outright admitt it.

      Another issue I have read and heard about with Gisele is that even though they applaud her as being the first Brazilian Model her phenotype could pass for Caucasian. We know Brazilians come in all shades but why not a Brazilian model with the skintone closer to what a large percentage of Brazilian looks like.

      It was the same thing when Vanessa Williams became the first Black Ms. America. She was criticize becuase she had white features and not Black enough.

      I hope this softens the blow as to why the dislike for Gisele. But like I said, not her fault, it’s the media and the industry that keeps pushing her in our face. I believe some people may think in their opinion, Alexandria or Adriana is prettier than Gisele. Hey I have celebrities that I love to death but people just ripped them a part on this site. Don’t take it to heart we all have celebrities we love and the ones we love to hate.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        @V4real: Hi, Iam fine, thanks! How are you?!

        I get people don’t like her, you don’t have to like everyone, let alone a model. YOu know what really upsets me? I come here to defend her, no I am not her fan. But I am tired of seeing people ripping her apart with incorrect facts.

        Yes, she should be more careful when she gives an opinion. There will always be problems in interpretation due to language barrier and cultural aspects. I see almost everyday English native speakers and non-native speakers (like me) mis communicating, especially when you talk to someone who over analizes everything one person says.Many of her comments have good intentions, but she does not use the proper words. So, yeah, sometimes she sounds an idiot. But so does many other celebrities, artists, etc. In this case, I get when people get upset at her.

        Oh, for those of you saying she is not Brazilian, get your facts straight too. She is the 6th generation, so says her wikipedia page, hahaha. As far as I know, she doesn’t have German citizenship, but I could be wrong. As emotional and passionate she sounds, she sure sounds like Latins.

        As someone pointed out here, she was huge before Leo. Why do you think Victoria’s secret signed her for 25 million dollars? Talking about VS, I don’t know what went down, word was she asked for more money to renew the contract and they said no. Whatever was, it did not make her poorer or less successful.

        I find it ridiculous to tear her looks apart. So, a woman with big nose should have plastic surgery? I, for one, am glad she made it. She is not that tall, she is slender, but with a different body shape, wavy hair, big nose (+fake boobs or not), and she can sell a product like no other model her generation can. I am pleased the fashion world took her and ditched the heroin look from late 90′s represented by Kate Moss.

        As for Leo, he should be glad someone down to Earth stood him for 5 years. At least, he got involved in environmental causes due to her commitment to it. I wish he would acknowledge that.

        ps: All this bashing started with the so-called-nonexistent triangle including her husband, his ex and her. We all know he wanted to be with his ex…

        pps: I got the analogy, but, please, do not compare her to Minka Kelly. I have lived in US the past 5 years and neither I knew who she was nor what she did for a living. Gisele wasn’t/isn’t a climber.

      • V4Real says:

        @Lucy I get what you are saying. I only used Minka as an example because a lot of people did not know of her until Jeter, even though she was on a popular primetime series “Friday Night Lights; just like a lot of people didn’t know Gisele until Leo. And you’re right, not all Americans are into fashion but they know their actors and Leo was pretty big when he hooked up with Gisele. Many Americans were not familiar with her at that time. Let’s not forget that the reign of the supermodels were coming to an end after Crawford, Turlington, Claudia, Linda, etc. I say that to say this, she became more popular while dating Leo (note I didn’t say because of Leo, I said while dating. The media and the paps went on a frenzie about their relationship.

        Gisele was still working as a model but the the photo shoots and fashion shows she was involved in became more interesting to the public because now she’s the model who’s dating Leo.

        I said earlier that the supermodel reign was coming to an end, so what happened next to propel models back on top? It was the first ever broadcast of The Victoria Secret Fashion Show on ABC. Now America is seeing Leo’s girl strut her stuff in her ligerie on national television. She wasn’t just Gisele the model, she became Gisele Leo’s supermodel girlfriend. Her name was always associated with his. Some people on this site probably believe if it wasn’t for Leo maybe she would be on even playing field with models like Alessandro and Adriana. They feel because of Leo and the press around them she was propeled to a higher level and therefore became more in demand.

        That’s what I was saying about her as well as she was a product that was packaged and sold very well.

        Side note: George Clooney ex, Elisabetta Canalis was a well known model and host in Italy but she became well known in America once she started dating Clooney. She was even on dancing with the stars because of it. Not her fault, like I said it’s the media hype around it.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        This! :) .

        ps: Just to add 2 more cents— Alessandra came way way way after many other Brazilian models. She basically “substituted” Fernanda Tavares at VS.

      • V4Real says:

        @Lucy one more thing Lucy before I bid a goodnight. I don’t really have a problem with Gisele except for that brief time she dated my man Chris Evans. It’s her husband’s ass I want to kick because he’s such a freakin amazing quarterback. But my Giants did best him in two superbowls. I’m trying to take Brady out because The Patriots are looking real good this season. Sometimes you gotta throw in humor to lighten the mood. Sleep tight Lucy.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        Well, I still have to finish up some papers for the discussion tomorrow, :) .

        As for the Patriots, it means i will have to sit quiet and ‘celebrate” with my friends (in case they win)in Boston. Last year, I was not really popular among my friends in the finals. Good night, sweet dreams!

      • LucyOriginal says:

        @V4real: I do get more of you analogy about Elizabetta.
        But Gisele already had million dollar contracts, vogue covers, the fourth model to appear in the cover of rolling stone, etc. Eli was “known” as a “model”. Gisele was known as a huge and already wealthy and established model, :)

        ps: I totally sound like Prim when she defends Charlie Theron. Where is Prim?

    • Lili says:

      Exactly, just because you CB don’t know about her before Leo that does not mean she became famous only after dating him. She was huge way before!!! get your facts straight at least, it sounds very narrow minded to say that, like her or not!

      • Gracie says:

        I couldn’t honestly care less about who this woman has been with, doesn’t change my *low* opinion of her. I don’t care for models anyway, I think they’re clothes hangers and should be seen and not heard. Gisele, Tyra, Naomi, Miranda, all prove my points. Stick to posing, kthnxbai.

    • normades says:

      @lUCYORIGINAL: So agree with all your comments. Dating Leo can get you work, but it does NOT make you a super model (just ask Bar).

  13. taxi says:

    A model’s job is to make the clothing she wears look so good that people will buy it expecting it to look as good on them as it did on the model. Because Giselle isn’t “perfect” she does that really well. Few of us would think that if we wore the same thing as (insert name of your ideal here) that we’d be as stunning as a flawless ideal.

  14. V4Real says:

    As we all may know not all models are what we would consider pretty but they are model pretty.. In the fashion industry they are always looking for that certain something that they can promote as the next best thing or the look for right now. Remember Alek Wek from Sudan; most people use to say she was very unattractive how can she be a model. I look at Gisele the same way, she is not conventionally pretty but she just had the right people promoting her and forcing her way to the top.

    It seems that because they kept throwing her in the media’s face they sort of pushed the standard of what is considered beautiful. They sold us the illusion that she is this gorgeous, desireable woamn. In reality she is just meh. It’s like through media hype we are receiving subliminal messages of what they want us to consider beauty.

    Kate Moss was their way of starting the waif look. People in the industry grasped on to it, not because Moss was a true beauty but she became a product that the people in this industry knew they could turn into the next big thing.

    It’s the same with singers, Britnay Spears and Madonna are not great singers. They are entertainers but they were promoted and packaged extremely well and that helped to make them two of the biggest names in the world.

    I bet if Snooki got the right team behind her or started dating someone like George Clooney, in no time at all she would end up being one of the world’s most beautiful women.

    Gisele is just a product that they were able to suceed in selling to us as a world beauty and most people brought it hook, line and sink. When I think of beauty, Adriana Lima comes to mind.

  15. j.eyre says:

    I am not a fan of her opinions but she is considered a really good model, right? I don’t really see photos of her beyond this site.

  16. kim says:

    She has an unflattering profile. Her chin extends as far as her nose. Weird. Leo made her name known to is normal people not that guy.

  17. Jegede says:

    You’re correct Kaiser, Leo brought Gisele more into the mainstream but she was already a BIG hitter within fashion circles. She, Karen Elson and Daria Werbovy were bringing home the bacon and were the most talked about
    Preposterous as it seems now but Gisele was then considered a lusty, busty Brazilian bombshell who was responsible for the new waves of the anti-waif post Kate Moss aesthetic.
    She had larger breasts (implants) and hair failing about the place. Add this her mega deal with VS and this added into her subsequent super success. Very true Leo was instrumental but Giseles’s famous runway walk, Vogue covers, HF contracts are not stuff Leo could have ever done for her.
    If Leo was so powerful why are his subsequent model girlfriends /**m buckets nowhere near on the Forbes/Times list? No Vogue covers, no W covers, no runway. Sure Leo can get them SI and some other catalogue brands, but the ‘model’ in question also has to have it, the fierceness. charisma and want the fashion world to crave it

    • Mean Hannah says:

      ITA. When she first came on the scene, she really did stand out. I thought she was stunning, big nose and all. Now, she’s still an attractive woman, but it’s just not the same. I feel that way about Christy, Naomi, etc. Youth really is beauty.

  18. Ellen Smith says:

    If that’s a nose job, she needs another one.

    • Maria says:

      Aww, as a woman with a fairly prominent nose, I find it refreshing to see models like Gisele that don’t have cookie-cutter features. Different is beautiful.

      • Lulani says:

        Chin up Maria! Some of the most beautiful women I have personally met have bigger noses. It has become such an identifying feature with beauty for me (particularly with the Middle Eastern women), that I am beginning to find larger noses quite attractive. As you say, it’s refreshing, it’s different. It definitely adds a sort of authoritativeness. I for one think Gisele’s nose is divine, pre or post surgery.

        As for the rest of the comments, I am not too familiar with Gisele aside from what I see in photos, but surely she does not deserve the kind of hate being generated here? This is appalling.

  19. plum says:

    I know everybody is entitled to their own opinion but I don’t get how she can be described as ugly. I don’t care for her much but she is obviously beautiful.

  20. Rux says:

    I remember the “What is Sexy” commercials for Victoria’s Secret when Gisele was walking towards a landing helicopter on a rooftop in a garter thing a ma-jig for Victoria’s Secret and I thought her body was “banging” her face ehhh whatevs. Low and behold every man of substance I dated said she was too thin and not a woman-woman. The guys I dated that were superficial, thought she was the benchmark of what all women should aspire to look like; glad I married the man with substance.

    In the end, girl needs to “Vogue” but keep her mouth shut.

  21. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Only tom really likes her and few like him as well – any of the supermodels of the 80s/90s beat her – even ones not well known like Kara young, claudia mason, chystelle, nadege de bospertus, let alone glamazons like Yasmeen ghauri and Iman. That she is at the top is indicative of how the fashion biz has fallen from just a generation ago the early 90s may have been its height and its been downhill since.
    Interesting comments V4real Would that be true of the “supermodel” era, though?

  22. I'm going to Guam! says:

    I heard Tom was hitting on Adriana Lima in some club and she rejected him and then he tried with Gisele and she obviously accepted his advances.
    I don’t know if this is true but it makes for good gossip!

  23. cw says:

    in my opinion….it’s the hair, if that hair wasn’t long – but was short and dull….what do you think she would look like….a man? yep

    a simple thing like long hair….wow!

  24. cs says:

    It’s okay to disagree. But I think Gisele has a great walk and clothes look fabulous on her. She’s not gorgeous but she has that certain something about her that sets her apart from the more traditionally beautiful models. The ones mentioned above that I would say most people never heard of. Adriana Lima is much prettier but, Adriana didn’t make it on the High fashion runways like Gisele. There’s actually a video of both of them on the runway together (not Victoria Secret) and Gisele ran circles around Adriana.

    • LucyOriginal says:

      This!

      Just to add…Adriana ( and Fernanda Tavares) were the first Brazilian models working for Victoria’s secret. Both of them are prettier than Gisele (in my opinion). But in a spam of a year, Gisele became more recognized and got million dollar contracts. Her runway walk was talked about, so much so, that some models started “copying it” and Gisele changed it again to stand out.

    • Tapioca says:

      Circles you say?

      And I thought they just walked 25 feet in a straight line, turned around and walked back again…

      ;)

  25. SleepyJane says:

    I think the money and celebrity has gone to her head, unbeknownst to her. She probably has no idea how she comes off. I don’t particularly care for her, but I don’t think she intends to be so polarizing.

  26. I'm going to Guam! says:

    Why did Leo and her break up?

  27. mln89 says:

    ehhh, i’ve never been impressed with giselle’s look. i have never understood why she was so big in the modeling world. i can understand the draw of unconventional models like alek wek and kate moss, but never giselle.

  28. I'm going to Guam! says:

    A lot of Jewish women and girls, as well as middle eastern, have nose surgery due to this idea that one must have a small little “European” (or East African) nose. It’s a shame.
    What makes us different makes us interesting.
    Be proud of your ‘look’.

  29. videli says:

    I don’t give a hoot about models, but I’m a devoted hater of the Patriots, and my favorite image of Gisele is right after Mr. Gisele lost the Superbowl. Gisele was one foot taller than the surrounding minions and grumbling: My husband threw the ball but there was no one there to play. I’m sure she made a lot of friends among the players’ wives that day.

  30. laura-j says:

    Seriously? Gisele is ugly? I mean she’s not my uhm type…And I’m no fan girl of any of the models. But she ain’t ugly with an ugly body, that’s for damn sure.

    Gave me a good chuckle. We should all have to post pictures of ourselves in bathing suits next to people we call ugly… Model or not, and get the same scrutiny.

    Ugly. hahaha. Good one.

  31. aurelia says:

    Giselle may have been born in Brazill but she is not brazillian by ethnicity. She is 100% German. Just because she got a tit job, slimmed her nose and a spray tan it didn’t make her exotic and interesting looking.

    I remember reading a vouge article just when giselle was suddenly everywhere. She was hailed as anti waif (when all the eastern euro 14 year old models with straight hair center parted was all therage) and bringing the boobs and the bum??? The journalist said she hugged her and she was a fricking bag of bones.

    Man o man Yasmeen Ghauri was my fav supermodel. Half Indian, half german. The true exotic model.

    • cs says:

      I could be wrong but I thought Gisele’s mother is Brazilian and her father German. You’re right about Brazil, there are probably just as many if not more people that look like Pele (the soccer player) than Gisele.
      “Brazil has the largest population of people of African descent outside of the African continent. It is speculated that 40 percent of Africans taken from the continent during the trans-Atlantic slave trade was deposited in Brazil. The country has the second largest African population outside of Nigeria.”

    • Em says:

      Yasmeen Ghauri is definitely tops. She’s half Pakistani & half German BTW.

    • TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

      Aurelia read my post 22# Yasmeen may have set the standard for beauty elegance, and class, and she is pakistani/german Canadian born in Montreal her father was an Iman – they broke the mold with Yasmeen. She’s not as well known because she kept a lower profile than the linda’s,Cindy’s, Naomi’s of that era.

  32. Missanne says:

    I don’t get it, but hey more power to her for being able to turn her looks into a profitable thing. But I’ve seen prettier girls at school.

  33. FendiInc says:

    This isn’t a slam, but a fact. It’s because she looked like a young, tall boy.

    And the women’s fashion industry is run by men who like very young men.

    The men who like women turn them into porny naked skin mag blow up dolls.

    Neither extreme is healthy

    • epiphany says:

      You are absolutely correct, and brave for saying it. It’s not a homophobic thing at all, but fact. The fashion industry is dominated by gays; they prefer models that look like pubescent boys. Didn’t you ever notice that female fashion models -even the gorgeous ones – have a very masculine facial structure? Google a photo of Marisa Miller or Alesandria Ambrosio. Ignore the bodies, look at the faces, especially if you can find one w/o makeup. Look at those jawlines; nothing soft or feminine about them. It’s no accident. This explains Giselle’s success.

    • Loulou says:

      Not everyone sexualizes beauty. Some people are pure aesthetes.

  34. Aud says:

    Modelling is no different from other careers, if you rub shoulders with the right people, your career elevates.
    It’s no coincidence that Elle MacPherson skyrocketed and she was appearing on almost every high fashion magazine cover when she was married to photographer Giles Bensimon.
    Likewise, Gisele has Testino to bat for her.
    Models are also known for their intimate career related associations. Stephanie Seymour had an affair, when really young – I remember it being a scandal at the time – with John Casablancas, the model agent.

    I believe Testino. Sometimes you just have to stick someone in the limelight as a form of positive reinforcement numerous times and people will believe the hype. As for Gisele, she is pure hype.
    For goodness sake, she looks like a man.

  35. Brat says:

    She’s 32? I thought she was older. Too much tanning.

    Guess she’s very lucky she teamed up with Leo the modelizer.

  36. Mazunte says:

    I find Gisele absolutely stunning, and reading comments where other women call her ugly cracks me up. I mean, beauty can be subjective and we do not find the same people attractive. But, where on Earth is this woman ugly? Nowhere.

  37. Loulou says:

    She’s absolutely gorgeous. Her features are classic, natural and how aristocrats would like to look. She’s not the American ideal of turned-up noses or pouty mouths – she’s finely sculpted.

  38. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    Giselle is stunningly gorgeous and , sorry, she was a world famous power house before she got with leo.
    shes like a living sculpture in my opinion and, i think shes learned the hard way to simply keep her mouth closed. ;)

  39. Jill says:

    She’s never been attractive to me. What does she have going for her besides being a giant? Not much.

  40. anon33 says:

    Wow. I know I’m late to the party here but I cannot get over how GIGANTIC Leo’s head is!!! Gisele has a pretty big head for a woman and his head just dwarfs hers. Geez, dude is weird looking…

  41. Nor says:

    Hey Giselle, I mean @lucyoriginal it all went to hell shortly after the Vogue article after the birth, Omg how astonishingly arrogant you really are, that was the moment my adoration turned, looking at your career now I guess wasn’t alone

  42. iseepinkelefants says:

    True it was Leo that made her a star. Testino might have helped her get there.

    And since when was Testino credited for saving Gucci? I thought that was Tom Ford (and putting giant G’s on everything).