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Gisele Bündchen says she was used to being bullied before becoming a supermodel

16 May 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Before becoming a supermodel and the highest-paid fashion model in the world, Gisele Bündchen revealed that she was used to being bullied due to her looks.

The 35-year-old talked about her rough childhood during an interview with the publication The New York Times. She said that before she got into the modelling business, she was used to being bullied because of being tall and skinny. She added, "I got really red all the time from playing volleyball, red like a pepper. So I thought bullying was just the way life is."

The model, whose annual earnings is said to be around $44 million, added that she built her reputation on being the most energetic and hard-working model in the industry. She did reveal, however, that she felt her small eyes and her big nose will not land her a modelling career.

This is not the first time that Bündchen talked about being bullied. She was interviewed by Charlie Rose last November and she shared, "I was 5'11" at 14. It wasn't fun. Like everybody made fun of me. Every time I go in the slow dance, like nobody wanted to dance with me. Seriously, I was this much taller than everyone in my class, you know."

The supermodel added that she was called Olive Oyl in the past in reference to the skinny girlfriend of Popeye, a cartoon character. She felt that being called as such was really mean and made her feel awkward about herself.

Aside from that, Bündchen’s fraternal twin sister, Patricia, was also shorter than her. She shared, "She was like everybody—you know, she had the same height as everybody else. And I just felt like I was bullied a lot in school."

Bündchen initially wanted to focus on being a volleyball player but after being discovered by a modeling agency while at a shopping mall in Sao Paulo during a school trip, she launched her modelling career.