Gisele Bündchen is among the world’s highest-paid supermodels. Although she’s identified for each her editorial and runway work, she actually turned a family title when she turned a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1999. 

However after many years with the model, Bündchen walked away from one among her most profitable offers ever, and now she’s explaining why.

“For the primary 5 years, I felt comfy modeling in lingerie, however as time went on, I felt much less and fewer comfy being photographed strolling the runway sporting only a bikini or a thong,” she mentioned in her new guide, Classes: My Path to a Significant Life, per Folks journal. 

The mannequin added, “Give me a tail, a cape, wings — please, something to cowl me up somewhat!”

Mannequin Gisele Bündchen walks down the runway through the Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present in New York in November 2005. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Finally, it turned clear to Bündchen that she needed to maneuver on from the corporate and its in depth profession calls for. So the mannequin selected an unconventional technique to determine whether or not she ought to keep or go. 

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“I crumpled up two small items of paper [one that said yes and one that said no] and positioned them inside an empty teacup,” she mentioned. “I closed my eyes and set an intention: no matter piece of paper I selected could be for my highest and finest self and be the fitting determination.” 

Ultimately, she left the corporate in 2007. 

“No was the reply I unconsciously needed to listen to,” she mentioned. “It was additionally the reply my physique needed to listen to and, I imagine, had been making an attempt to inform me for days.”

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Bündchen walks the runway through the Victoria’s Secret Vogue Present in November 2006 in Hollywood. (Mark Mainz by way of Getty Photographs)

Bündchen retired from runway in 2015 after strolling the catwalk for the final time at Sao Paulo Vogue Week. 

“I don’t see the right way to proceed (modeling on the catwalk) … and stopping will depart room for different initiatives I’ve for myself,” Bündchen mentioned in an interview with the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, which was syndicated by Yahoo on the time.

“Mechanically my physique tells me if what I do is value it, and it requested to cease. I respect my physique, it’s a privilege to have the ability to cease,” she added. 

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Since retiring from the runway, Bündchen has continued to do trend campaigns and mannequin for manufacturers and, in fact, work on her just lately printed guide.

Bündchen and Tom Brady attend the Heavenly Our bodies: Vogue & The Catholic Creativeness Costume Institute Gala on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork on Could 7. (Jackson Lee by way of Getty Photographs)

Within the guide, she revealed deeply private struggles with panic assaults and considering suicide as she grappled with fame. 

“I really had the sensation of, ‘If I simply leap off my roof, that is going to finish, and I by no means have to fret about this sense of my world closing in,’” the supermodel advised Folks.

However after consulting docs and declining drugs, she made some main life decisions that helped her cope with the psychological stress and ideas. 

“I had been smoking cigarettes, consuming a bottle of wine and three mocha Frappuccinos each day, and I gave up every little thing in someday,” she advised the journal. “I believed, if these items is in any manner the reason for this ache in my life, it’s gotta go.” 

  • This text initially appeared on HuffPost.

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