Gisele Bundchen Wonders Why Women Were Not United Before #MeToo

Having witnessed firsthand the competitiveness of the fashion industry, the former Victoria's Secret Angel believes the movement against sexual harassment is 'a beautiful thing' for women around the world.

AceShowbiz - Gisele Bundchen is certain the #MeToo movement has the power to "unite" women around the globe.

The Brazilian supermodel retired from runway modelling back in 2015 but continues to appear in editorials and campaigns and also released her book "Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life" last year (2018).

In her story, Gisele opened up about her experiences in the competitive fashion industry, however, she is hoping that models will soon become much more supportive of one another, especially in light of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault which is sweeping the entertainment industry.

"I come from a family of six strong, beautiful women. The way I grew up, we always supported each other, we helped each other, we loved each other. But when I left home, that's not what I felt with the other models. I did not understand why anyone would not want the best for me, when I wanted the best for everybody," she said in an interview with Porter magazine. "This #MeToo movement has united women. It's a beautiful thing. We are stronger when we are together... It makes me wonder why we weren't being like this before."

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Five years ago, when PORTER launched globally, supermodel @Gisele covered the first issue, accompanied by a coverline that read: INCREDIBLE WOMEN. The magazine has always been – and will continue to be – dedicated to inspiring women, those featured within its pages and those that read them. Now Gisele returns to celebrate our birthday with a very special shoot and interview, opening up about the crisis that led her to rethink her entire life, her husband @TomBrady’s love of fashion and the power of female solidarity. Photographed by @mario_sorrenti and styled by @georgecortina Gisele poses in SS19's white-hot pieces in a series of images that reveal exactly why she is one of the most iconic models of all time. More pages of #IncredibleFashion unfold through a daring new look for spring: sculptural silhouettes captured in Rio, tailored power pieces as seen on 75-year-old top model #LaurenHutton, dramatic color-blocking for your next escape, and head-turning jewelry. Then we celebrate the #IncredibleWomen who have given their voice to PORTER since its launch, as we ask them to reflect on this last half decade and share their ideas and advice for the five years ahead. PORTER's anniversary issue lands on global newsstands 8 February. #5YearsPORTER #IncredibleWomen #IncredibleFashion Editor-in-Chief: @lucy_yeomans Fashion Editor: @georgecortina Gisele wears dress by @chloe

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In her book, Gisele opened up on a wide range of topics, including her struggles with anxiety, her former relationships, such as with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and how she met her husband, American football quarterback Tom Brady, whose team the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl for the sixth time on Sunday, February 03.

But it took the 38-year-old a long time to realise that she should merge all of her old letters and experiences into a book, especially considering how she was constantly asked by fans and friends for life advice.

"I'd be at, like, the dentist. He'd say, 'Oh, Gisele, my niece is going through this tough time, would you write something?' It was kind of funny; it'd be the most random moments," the mother-of-two recalled of her inspiration for the project. "If I could allow myself to feel vulnerable and share, they would see that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel...The letters seemed to really help these girls. One started an anti-bullying programme in school; another stopped being bulimic."

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