"Cover me up a little": Supermodel Gisele Bündchen reveals why she quit Victoria's Secret
“For the first 5 years, I felt comfortable modeling in lingerie, but as time went on, I felt less and less at ease...walking the runway wearing just a bikini or a thong"
Former Victoria's Secret angel Gisele Bündchen recently revealed why she decided to hang up her angel wings after a successful career as a model with the brand.
The 38-year-old supermodel's new memoir 'Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life' recounts her experiences as an angel and why she finally decided to quit. Female First reports that Bundchen really enjoyed her stint with the lingerie brand but as time passed she began to feel less at ease wearing only a thong on the runway.
“For the first five years, I felt comfortable modeling in lingerie, but as time went on, I felt less and less at ease being photographed walking the runway wearing just a bikini or a thong,” she writes in her book.
In her book she writes, “Give me a tail, a cape, wings - please, anything to cover me up a little!” according to Fox News.
In an excerpt from the book, the Brazilian model talks about how she first signed a contract with the brand in the 90s, which she considers a great accomplishment. “In those days I was a fashion model, and Victoria’s Secret was a catalog company. In 1999, there was a strong division between the two."
The Independent reports that the supermodel was "so happy" to have had the opportunity to work with the brand as it brought a financial security with it.
Bundchen did go on to become the highest paid supermodel in the world for 15 years straight, but during her initial years in the industry, her salary from Victoria's secret made up about 80% of her annual income.
When the time came for her to renew her contract in 2006, Gisele realised that she may have grown out of her phase with Victoria's Secret. "I was at a different place in my life, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue working there,” she said.
To overcome her conflict, the former angel resorted to an unconventional method, she decided to “crumple up two small pieces of paper” that had the words 'yes' and 'no' written on them and placed them inside an empty teacup. “I closed my eyes and set an intention: whatever piece of paper I chose would be for my highest and best self and be the right decision,” she writes.
Though several years have passed since she chose the chit with the word 'no' on it, Bundchen does not have any regrets with her decision. She recounts that it was the answer she “unconsciously wanted to hear" and has always been at peace it.