A storm in a teacup: How Gisele Bündchen's future came to a cup of tea as Victoria's Secret Model

A storm in a teacup: How Gisele Bündchen's future came to a cup of tea as Victoria's Secret Model

Gisele Bundchen explains why she left the secret of Victoria in her new book (Image: Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images)

Victoria's Secret OG Gisele Bundchen is one of the most famous and highest paid supermodels in the world.

The Brazilian beauty got a commercial contract with the lingerie giant, one of the first Brazilian models, who had international success in the 1990s.

While the coveted role offered her critical recognition and considerable financial security, the model was disillusioned by the brand in 2006 – and, frankly, her fate to leave her wings had answers in a teacup.

Gisele got a job at Victoria's Secret at the age of 19 (Photo: Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)

Lessons: My Road to a Meaningful Life – which had been published on the bookshelf last month – the 38-year-old Starin revealed that she was initially "so happy" to be part of the Exclusive VS family.

An added bonus was the hefty paychecks that reportedly accounted for 80 percent of their annual income.

But the glamorous life of a Victoria's Secret model, which was in fact part of visiting shop openings, making television and print spots and constantly traveling for photo shoots, soon became a must and she no longer enjoyed being in the iconic short Play around outfits of the company.

"For the first five years I felt very comfortable modeling in lingerie, but over time I felt less and less comfortable when I was photographed running on the catwalk with a bikini or a thong," she wrote.

"Give me a tail, a cloak, wings – please, everything to cover me up a bit!"

Their growing dissatisfaction with VS meant that Gisele was reluctant to renew their contract in 2006.

While she said she was "grateful" for the opportunity and financial security the role offered her, she had landed in another place in her life and "was not sure" if she wanted to continue working there.

Cue the teacup.

Victoria's Secret finally led Gisele to husband Tom Brady (Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

"I crumpled up two small pieces of paper and put them in an empty teacup," the model explained, adding that she had written the words "yes" and "no" on each one.

"I closed my eyes and set an intent: Which piece of paper I chose would be for my highest and the best I and the right decision."

While it may not be the most advisable strategy for an undecided company to deal with its problems, it worked for Gisele and she left the company after writing "no."

Though initially difficult to read, she acknowledges that this was the answer she "unconsciously wanted to hear" and immediately felt "at peace" with her decision.

But her time at Victoria's Secret was not over.

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The model's close friend, Chief Creative Officer of Victoria's Secret Ed Razek, eventually played Matchmaker and made her on a blind date with husband Tom Brady.

The couple married in 2009, sharing five-year-old daughter Vivian and eight-year-old son Benjamin and Tom's eleven-year-old son, Jack, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan.

There are so happy after!


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