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Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also putting an end to the "heroin chic" era in fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in 600 ad campaigns, over 2000 magazine covers and walked in more than 800 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world. But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, a work of deep vulnerability, courage and honesty, Gisele reveals for the first time what she's learned over the past 37 years that has helped her live a meaningful life--a journey that takes readers from a childhood spent barefoot in Brazil, to a internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady.


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Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also putting an end to the "heroin chic" era in fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in 600 ad campaigns, over 2000 magazine covers and walked in more than 800 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world. But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, a work of deep vulnerability, courage and honesty, Gisele reveals for the first time what she's learned over the past 37 years that has helped her live a meaningful life--a journey that takes readers from a childhood spent barefoot in Brazil, to a internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady.

30 review for Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pam Gonçalves

    3.5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    I enjoyed this book, I related to this book, I learned from this book and I think it's a great tool for women!!!! Especially.....young women and young moms that need some guidance on old school life! And there are soooooo many women who weren't taught the value of the simple things in life. That don't know how great it is to sit down and enjoy a meal every night with your kids....you don't realize the life lessons and personal benefits for every family member when we sit down, disconnect and hav I enjoyed this book, I related to this book, I learned from this book and I think it's a great tool for women!!!! Especially.....young women and young moms that need some guidance on old school life! And there are soooooo many women who weren't taught the value of the simple things in life. That don't know how great it is to sit down and enjoy a meal every night with your kids....you don't realize the life lessons and personal benefits for every family member when we sit down, disconnect and have real life, how was your day conversations! I really respected so much of what Gisele had to say, I appreciated her hard work, her devotion to family and quality of life. She focuses on nourishing herself through good food, exercise, meditation, etc, etc. She spent a lot of time talking about how she was raised, her early modeling career and her current marriage and children. Gisele mentioned quite a bit about anxiety and busyness and gave lots of tips for dealing and coping with it - that seems to be so rampant these days. I highly recommend this book!! If you like Gisele and Tom and if you can put aside the attitude that she can afford trainers, cooks, nannies, etc etc so of course her life is fabulous - she actually has a very helpful and down to earth approach to teach!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alona Fil

    At the end of the book I felt full of love and inspired. I found this book quite honest and tricky at the same time; so open and somehow closed; so practical and hard to adapt if you don't have additional help. Overall, it is just lessons that Gisele had throughout her life that helped, guided her to where and who she is now. This is her story. And she is not saying follow me, she says - build your own life the way you want it to be, step by step. Respect the mother-Nature, respect your own natur At the end of the book I felt full of love and inspired. I found this book quite honest and tricky at the same time; so open and somehow closed; so practical and hard to adapt if you don't have additional help. Overall, it is just lessons that Gisele had throughout her life that helped, guided her to where and who she is now. This is her story. And she is not saying follow me, she says - build your own life the way you want it to be, step by step. Respect the mother-Nature, respect your own nature, respect your partner's nature, protect and develop it. I feel that this book is for people who sees Gisele as a beautiful human being both from the inside and outside (like I do). For people who wants to look in the backstage (kinda) of Gisele Bundchen's and Tom Brady everyday life and learn from it useful tricks. For people who is looking for inspiration, changes and good piece of advises. P.S. if it is just for fun, if you just curious of lifestyle of the rich and famous, and if you have negative feelings about this couple, please don't waste your time and energy on this book. Go and do something more useful for yourself ;)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Hooton

    I would give this book probably a 3.7 or 3.8. There was a lot of good stuff in here. From the ways Gisele's upbringing has shaped her and how she overcame some of her toughest struggles. I really appreciated all of that. I will say something that bothered me though, and if you don't identify as Christian then you probably won't care... but she talks about her Catholic upbringing and how one day she asked one of her teachers, how could the bible say an eye for an eye when Jesus's message is love. I would give this book probably a 3.7 or 3.8. There was a lot of good stuff in here. From the ways Gisele's upbringing has shaped her and how she overcame some of her toughest struggles. I really appreciated all of that. I will say something that bothered me though, and if you don't identify as Christian then you probably won't care... but she talks about her Catholic upbringing and how one day she asked one of her teachers, how could the bible say an eye for an eye when Jesus's message is love. How is that loving? And the teacher couldn't answer her. (which is kind of a problem if you ask me...but anyways). From that moment on she changed her thinking of faith and identifies more with a self-based faith. A lot of ideas in here are that she trusts her inner voice and promises it will never let you down *false, my inner voice has gotten me in lots of tricky places*. I wish I could just call her and answer her question- that Jesus came to fulfill the law that we never could. She was asking a old testament question and thinking it was at the same time as the new testament. Oh it hurts my heart that I can't tell her this. She does talk about God still in the book, but refers also to spiritual guardians that she and her children pray to. It's just really weird that she still has a faith life but that it's kind of shaped by her own ideas. I don't understand how a faith that is built solely on your feelings is more accurate than something that is considered the actual word of God but I know this is a very modern way of thinking for people. It's just not what I believe. Other than that, I thought her stories were sweet and I never realized just how much Gisele and I had in common. Who would have thought?! I was surprised to hear of her struggles with anxiety & suicidal thoughts- but also happy that she was brave enough to share those vulnerable moments and hope others will hear this and relate. Her story of Vida, her puppy, gave me tears as I was driving to work. Overall, I downloaded this book because I'm a Tom Brady fan and I'm always so curious to hear more about how they live. I find it fascinating and in line with the ways I try to strive to live my life and hope to grow into. She talks a ton about her family and how they've cultivated a culture of openness and learning in their home. I always thought Gisele would be a distraction for Tom Brady and after listening to this book I realize just how perfect they are for each other. I feel a lot of his success as of late can be attributed to the ways they seek to grow as people and how they encourage each other. It also sounds like we can thank Gisele for Toms crazy eating regimen, that I also believe has helped him be in the best shape of his life when most football players would have retired years ago. I apologize for the things I said back then. I was wrong. If you get the audio book, I will say, Gisele only does the foreword. So if you're a person that only wants to hear the story from the author in their voice, just a heads up since it's not specified on the audible page. I thought the narrator did a great job and at times I forgot it wasn't Gisele because she spoke so fluently the words that were written. An enjoyable quick easy listen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Leah

    2.5 Stars: Ho-hum! I was really excited to read her book, but found it came up short. It was written very conversationally, but a lot of it felt like bragging and boasting. She does not acknowledge her privilege - from being a fair-skinned Brazilian to having the time to pursue all of the personal development imaginable. I liked reading about her connection to family values and some of her day-to-day rituals. I had a huge problem with how she dismissed modern medicine and anti-depressants. It was 2.5 Stars: Ho-hum! I was really excited to read her book, but found it came up short. It was written very conversationally, but a lot of it felt like bragging and boasting. She does not acknowledge her privilege - from being a fair-skinned Brazilian to having the time to pursue all of the personal development imaginable. I liked reading about her connection to family values and some of her day-to-day rituals. I had a huge problem with how she dismissed modern medicine and anti-depressants. It was a quick read, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Magalhaes

    I was drawn to this book because I read an article about it and I thought it was very brave of Gisele to talk about having panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. Most people go through tough times and it is really important to take the “bad” (wrong) idea people have from mental diseases (that happen, like the physical ones; and if addressed properly can be healed, like the physical ones). The whole book is a brave and loving statement of someone who believes in growth as a person and love as the an I was drawn to this book because I read an article about it and I thought it was very brave of Gisele to talk about having panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. Most people go through tough times and it is really important to take the “bad” (wrong) idea people have from mental diseases (that happen, like the physical ones; and if addressed properly can be healed, like the physical ones). The whole book is a brave and loving statement of someone who believes in growth as a person and love as the answer. There are lots of good advice in it. Really lots. This being said, I believe sometimes the author forgets to mention that she has a very privileged life that makes it so much easier to follow all the practices she does. This doesn’t erase the fact that a good advice is a good advice. I

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Que mulher maravilhosa! Sem dúvida, é muito inspirador ler esse livro e conhecer um pouco mais do lado pessoal da Gisele. Mesmo depois de tantas vitórias e sucesso, ela continua sendo a mesma pessoa simples de sempre. Adorei saber das histórias da infância dela, ver o carinho que tem pela família e pelo nosso país. As fotos que ela compartilha desses momentos são a coisa mais linda! Se alguém acha que vai encontrar imagens de catálogos e capas de revista, está enganado. A intenção dela era justa Que mulher maravilhosa! Sem dúvida, é muito inspirador ler esse livro e conhecer um pouco mais do lado pessoal da Gisele. Mesmo depois de tantas vitórias e sucesso, ela continua sendo a mesma pessoa simples de sempre. Adorei saber das histórias da infância dela, ver o carinho que tem pela família e pelo nosso país. As fotos que ela compartilha desses momentos são a coisa mais linda! Se alguém acha que vai encontrar imagens de catálogos e capas de revista, está enganado. A intenção dela era justamente nos mostrar a vida pessoal, os momentos descontraídos com os filhos e marido, os cães, as lembranças de Horizontina, contato com a natureza, dentre outros. Eu não tinha a menor ideia de todas as dificuldades que ela enfrentou com depressão e ataques de pânico. Dá pra imaginar o quanto deve ter sido assustador passar por tudo isso enquanto sua carreira estava a todo vapor. Me emocionei muito no capítulo dedicado à cachorrinha Vida! Realmente só quem já teve um animalzinho sabe o quanto nos apegamos a eles e o quanto se tornam nossos melhores amigos e anjos da guarda. Embora as lições que ela compartilha sejam comuns em livros de auto-ajuda, eu gostei muito da forma que foram escritas. Pude mesmo sentir todo o carinho e dedicação que teve nesse projeto, realmente querendo levar uma mensagem positiva para os leitores. Super recomendo!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nsikan Akpan

    Gisele has been my favorite supermodel since I was fifteen (I’m twenty-three now). For eight whole years I compared myself to her, and I always fell short. God tried to remind me: “I made you to be your own person. I have a unique story just for you.” I didn’t listen to Him. To some, this book may just be a cool thing that a supermodel did, but for me, Gisele’s words were the key to freedom from wanting so bad to be her. I’m not white, I’m not blonde, Im not Brazilian, I’m not 5’11-though I am 5 Gisele has been my favorite supermodel since I was fifteen (I’m twenty-three now). For eight whole years I compared myself to her, and I always fell short. God tried to remind me: “I made you to be your own person. I have a unique story just for you.” I didn’t listen to Him. To some, this book may just be a cool thing that a supermodel did, but for me, Gisele’s words were the key to freedom from wanting so bad to be her. I’m not white, I’m not blonde, Im not Brazilian, I’m not 5’11-though I am 5’10, pretty close, huh? Anyway, I’m not any of those things because I am not her. God entrusted me with being a beautiful, black girl with a full Afro and brown eyes. I’m grateful for Gisele’s honesty. I’m not sure if she’ll ever know how much her words have freed me from the chains of comparison and false perfection. Although knowing what I know about the prevalent racism in Brazil, it would have been nice for her to use her influence to address some of that. Maybe in her next book?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yoric

    Simplicity is what comes to mind when reading this book. We may be surprised how much importance a model gave to "discipline" in her life. Her philosophy of life is nice to read, as it is more about being responsible, taking action, being positive, thankful... Then we realize her "success" in modeling was not by chance. But attitude, as other successful people usually state. Her 4 steps to success: Clarity, focus, dedication, humility. She did write this book as she would give advice to her children, Simplicity is what comes to mind when reading this book. We may be surprised how much importance a model gave to "discipline" in her life. Her philosophy of life is nice to read, as it is more about being responsible, taking action, being positive, thankful... Then we realize her "success" in modeling was not by chance. But attitude, as other successful people usually state. Her 4 steps to success: Clarity, focus, dedication, humility. She did write this book as she would give advice to her children, or to her younger self. I think we all should do.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Galkina

    I read an advanced reading copy of this book, and while it's not the best book I read by a famous public figure, I did enjoy reading about some of her tips and tricks regarding self care and meditation. I still think that the book was in many ways redundant and repetitive. Prior to reading this book, I didn't know much if anything about Gisele Bündchen, besides the fact she was and still is a very hyped-up super model.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    https://hollywoodlife.com/2018/10/05/...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Safar

    Surprisingly a good read This book was informative, back to basics, thoughtful and grounding, Gisele has her feet planted firmly in the ground and is an inspiration for all of us, notably women of all ages.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Head

    I love this book. I will probably try to read it again in 5 years because it’s one of those books that can affect you at every stage of life. She has a keen awareness about herself, society, and the earth and she tries to impress upon the reader the importance of knowing how to be aware of all things in our lives. Thankful for such a successful woman to share her story. I learned a lot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    maybe this is a biased opinion because i've always admired this woman, but this was a great read. some of the things she said really touched me and it felt like something i needed to hear.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    3.5 para ser más justa.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayo

    Author seems well grounded, despite the wealth and notoriety. Interesting book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    Reading this book was like recharging my battery. I love the positive message and life affirming lessons that Gisele shares in an incredibly honest, straightforward way. This is not a book about modeling, but about an intelligent woman who has achieved great success, and the many important lessons she has learned along the way. There are many insights into her life that I think will change mine for the better. Most importantly, she shares how she practices meditation and breathing to handle the Reading this book was like recharging my battery. I love the positive message and life affirming lessons that Gisele shares in an incredibly honest, straightforward way. This is not a book about modeling, but about an intelligent woman who has achieved great success, and the many important lessons she has learned along the way. There are many insights into her life that I think will change mine for the better. Most importantly, she shares how she practices meditation and breathing to handle the challenges of life, and that she openly discusses how she has had serious low points in hers. Not many people are brave enough to share these truths, and I think this book really gets into some serious topics that many people may not have known about Gisele before now. I could read this book again and I am sure I would gain more from a second time through, as it is full of wisdom and valuable advice. This book would be a perfect gift for a recent graduate, a new mother, a person embarking on a new business, a new job, or anyone looking for support for a positive transformation in their life. Lessons is proof that Gisele has not become so successful by luck, but by incredible discipline, hard work, and mental toughness. She is truly an amazing woman. I would recommend this book 100%!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tafny Lais

    O livro é muito atraente, gostei da leitura rápida e leve. No início, se vc tiver uma auto estima baixa kkk vc se sente um pouco mal pq ela, além de ser a TOP model, também faz mil coisas (inclusive pilotar helicoptero). Mas no final (também no decorrer do livro) ela da varias dicas de como vc viver melhor e priorizar as coisas na vida. Recomendo :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Larivee

    I throughly enjoyed the book. Her interpretation and experiences in life were interesting and thought provoking. A different kind of biography that gave you insight into her life past and present as well as a refreshing outlook on life. I came away inspired by her suggestions and viewpoints.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Traci Bild

    I was surprised by how good this book was, I really enjoyed it and it was full of practical information that is incredibly useful!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kassandra Reinhardt

    Some good stuff in there but overall a bit bland..

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    One of the most inspiring books I love this book because the author shares her lessons in so sincere and open way, that it inspires to make changes in my own life. We are all learners and nobody knows all the answers but her pieces of wisdom on how to live meaningful life with love and care definitely help to figure that out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rupa

    Interview for her book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BemC... I have slowly been introducing meditation and yoga into my daily practice. Some months I’m really good and can stay on track. Other months, they get pushed to the wayside from a busy and hectic lifestyle (which is counter-productive! I know!). I used to think breathing practices and yoga and stretches were all hype, but the more I do the two, the more I begin to see the benefits. It’s a skill, that takes constant practice and dedica Interview for her book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BemC... I have slowly been introducing meditation and yoga into my daily practice. Some months I’m really good and can stay on track. Other months, they get pushed to the wayside from a busy and hectic lifestyle (which is counter-productive! I know!). I used to think breathing practices and yoga and stretches were all hype, but the more I do the two, the more I begin to see the benefits. It’s a skill, that takes constant practice and dedication. But the benefits are enormous! You feel almost like a completely different person. Now – how this all applies to Gisele Bundchen! I have known about Gisele like others, for being a model and a celebrity. However, I had little exposure to who she was other than that she was a famous person. As I began to introduce myself to the world of meditation and yoga, I kept seeing her name (and Instagram) pop up. Apparently, she has been a big supporter and influencer in the meditation (and yoga) world for quite some time. I listened to some of her interviews, her podcasts, her meditation rituals, and began to understand that she was not just another “celebrity” who practiced these things. Rather, she centered her life around these things! And has become a much happier person because of it. I saw her novel in the bookstore and have slowly been getting through it. I wouldn’t call it a page-turner, but it’s an interesting read on the life and lessons she learned along the way. She is a very wise individual who quickly learned what matters and what doesn’t. When you think of celebrities, you think wealth and success and fame. However, even though she is grateful for her early beginnings, she is happiest now being surrounded by her family and friends. Fame and money are not all they are cracked up to be, and understanding yourself, your place in the world, and how you can help and love those around you, is what really matters in the end. Life lessons learned on her path to a more meaningful life. Genre characterization: Autobiography How I might integrate this book into an instructional lesson: I most likely wouldn’t integrate this book into a lesson. It’s an interesting read, and provides good insight into the life of Gisele Bundchen. However, unless you followed her life and career, or were interested in meditation and yoga, I think most readers wouldn’t find this book to be an incredibly interesting read. I admire Gisele’s energy and positivity, and love for nature, conservation, animal rights, and equality. However, it’s not a book I would recommend to someone unless they also were interested in similar subjects. Definitely beyond elementary level. Possibly upper middle or high school for those who wanted to learn more about her and/or wanted to read an autobiography on a famous individual. Writing trait: Organization – The book is divided into different areas of Gisele’s life. To birth and childhood, to her early modeling career, to her marriage and birth of her children, to her life views on the human spirit and how mediation and yoga have brought her closer to self-awareness and acceptance. Voice – Written by Gisele. You feel like, at times, you are reading a private diary between her and you (the reader). She writes from a place of deep personal insight and compassion for nature, animals, and human beings.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shayne McCarthy

    Before i get into my review I want to start out by saying that prior to finding this book, I knew very little of Gisele. I knew she was a super model, yes, I knew she dated Leonardo DiCaprio for years, but I didn't actually know anything real about Gisele, about her way of life outside the public life she lead/s etc. I am incredibly glad that I came across, 'Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life', I found it enlightening and encouraging to always seek spiritual growth and happiness in life. I ca Before i get into my review I want to start out by saying that prior to finding this book, I knew very little of Gisele. I knew she was a super model, yes, I knew she dated Leonardo DiCaprio for years, but I didn't actually know anything real about Gisele, about her way of life outside the public life she lead/s etc. I am incredibly glad that I came across, 'Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life', I found it enlightening and encouraging to always seek spiritual growth and happiness in life. I can relate to Gisele in many ways especially when she wrote about her younger years in her early twenties when she suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, its as if I'm reading my own personal experiences. Gisele has written this book so openly and I appreciate her innate wisdom to the spiritual world and how much importance she places on meditation, yoga and healthy eating and living. These are all things that I incorporate into my daily life and I find much peace and joy from having them a part of my life. Gisele is intelligent, wise and profoundly enlightened which I have found most beneficial to my own path as Gisele has given me knowledge on things that matter to me, such as listening to Krishna das which has now become music that I will incorporate into my daily music. Gisele writes about always learning and growing through discovering knowledge through books on, spiritual beliefs, mythology, mysticism, astrology and numerology etc. I love that Gisele seeks wisdom through books and continuously learns different aspects of life and how people live, it is inspiring to me as this is how I also seek my knowledge. This is the longest review I have given thus far, I feel it is warranted as I am most impressed by this book. Very pleased by this book, I hope Gisele writes more wonderful works.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    I'm just going to give this book 5 stars because it's a much more positive book than you might think, with all the "supermodel" stereotypes out there and the gossip magazines, but Gisele does a terrific job in presenting a spiritual handbook on living a life of physical, mental, and spiritual strength. I was amazed to read how spiritual Gisele is, as a woman who prays and meditates daily in her life and how it has helped her be more in tune with the world. She presents strategies on how to use th I'm just going to give this book 5 stars because it's a much more positive book than you might think, with all the "supermodel" stereotypes out there and the gossip magazines, but Gisele does a terrific job in presenting a spiritual handbook on living a life of physical, mental, and spiritual strength. I was amazed to read how spiritual Gisele is, as a woman who prays and meditates daily in her life and how it has helped her be more in tune with the world. She presents strategies on how to use these methods in the reader's own life and doesn't present them with any authority or on some highground, more like someone telling you over coffee what one does to deal with societal pressure, anxiety, and simply needing to be more in tune with one self or the world. In love with nature, she considers it her element and works to preserve forestry and details the work she's done to help protect land in her native Brazil. It's a behind-the-scenes look at someone whose media presence has overshadowed the work she's done to help. There are also a lot of great lessons here on work ethic, being true to yourself, humility, and love - the one thing she wants every reader to take from her book. Her father has wonderful advice on all of these things that Gisele shares while talking about her early career in modeling and creating a business. As a "supermodel", we sometimes may not think of any as entrepreneurs, but Gisele was one of the beginners who built a brand not on looks alone, but on business smarts and trusting her own instincts. Truly genuine with heartfelt anecdotes on family and her career, Gisele shows, as she writes, the difference between Gisele the model and Gisele the person. A revelation fact: she never intended to be a model.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I've always liked Gisele because she's pretty, she loves the environment, and she dated Leonardo diCaprio in his prime. She was a celebrity before social media made celebrity more accessible, and reading this book made me really think about the mystique of supermodels (which, in my opinion, don't really exist anymore.) I love reading and watching shows about the fashion industry. It fascinates me. Gisele doesn't really reveal anything about the industry that I didn't already know, but the way sh I've always liked Gisele because she's pretty, she loves the environment, and she dated Leonardo diCaprio in his prime. She was a celebrity before social media made celebrity more accessible, and reading this book made me really think about the mystique of supermodels (which, in my opinion, don't really exist anymore.) I love reading and watching shows about the fashion industry. It fascinates me. Gisele doesn't really reveal anything about the industry that I didn't already know, but the way she described her "character" for modeling was extremely interesting, and made me realize why she's one of the greats. I also appreciated learning that Gisele is kind of a hippie and I think I would really love hanging out with her doing yoga in Costa Rica. A lot of the advice in this book is basic, and a lot of it is kind of hippie dippy, but for some reason it didn't annoy me. I assume it would probably annoy a lot of people. I was actually impressed learning more about what drives and motivates one of the most successful women in the world. The chapter with the story about her dog, Vida, made me cry. Stories about people's favorite animals dying will basically always do that, but this one was truly special and touching. This book definitely won't be for everyone, but I didn't delete it from my Kindle after finishing it, because I actually liked a lot of what Gisele had to say. I will probably revisit some of the chapters after I purchase a lot of sage and crystals and listen to my inner voice more after a meal of fresh local produce.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    This book was an enjoyable read full of positivity and inspiration. Gisele shares moments of her life (childhood, modeling career, marriage, birthing her children, etc.) that were important and profound and the lessons she learned from each of those phases of her life. The book reads more like a memoir/self-help book. She gives lots of great tips on eating healthy, self-care, work ethics than a biography. I'm sure a lot of details and years of her life were excluded but the main focus on Gisele' This book was an enjoyable read full of positivity and inspiration. Gisele shares moments of her life (childhood, modeling career, marriage, birthing her children, etc.) that were important and profound and the lessons she learned from each of those phases of her life. The book reads more like a memoir/self-help book. She gives lots of great tips on eating healthy, self-care, work ethics than a biography. I'm sure a lot of details and years of her life were excluded but the main focus on Gisele's real personal lifestyle was definitely captured. Gisele lives a meaningful life through building deep relationships with her love ones and nature, daily meditation/yoga practice, always learning things and trying new activities such as surfing, kung fu, and piloting while pregnant (she almost got her license). Gisele shares some of her parenting skills, beauty tricks, nutritional eating habits, and time management. The most surprising thing about this book for me was her relationship with nature. She seems to have a strong bond with nature which is how she found one of her purposes - to be an environmental protector/advocate for mother nature. I really like how she incorporated some of her precious family pictures (moments) so the reader could visually experience it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nellie

    An interesting book that I feel was written more for her children than s general audience. It is a semi-autobiography about super model, Gisele Büdchen. She was spotted in Brazil by a modeling scout at the age of 14. She moves to the big city of São Paulo. What was refreshing was how she managed to avoid all the pitfalls of starting her career at such a young age. Her parents instilled in her a strong sense of right and wrong. Gisele wanted to live a life that would make her parents proud. She writ An interesting book that I feel was written more for her children than s general audience. It is a semi-autobiography about super model, Gisele Büdchen. She was spotted in Brazil by a modeling scout at the age of 14. She moves to the big city of São Paulo. What was refreshing was how she managed to avoid all the pitfalls of starting her career at such a young age. Her parents instilled in her a strong sense of right and wrong. Gisele wanted to live a life that would make her parents proud. She writes how she did smoke at one time but realized the damage it caused her body. She was able to quit rather quickly. She got involved with yoga and Nadi Shodhana Pranayama during a time that she was experiencing panic attacks. Gisele believes that being in tune with her body helped her to avoid panic attacks. Gisele is passionate about being good stewards of the planet. She had started a few foundations dedicated to creating a better environment. Gisele is also into healthy eating coupled with eating locally sourced foods. It was a good book that I listened to while at the gym. I agree with another reviewer that Gisele should have read the book herself.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I don't think I would have ever picked this book up on my own, but I read a snippet of it in People magazine and it looked interesting. Much to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed this! Let's be honest - Gisele is gorgeous and successful, and so naturally you want to hate her. But man, she came across in this book as just so down-to-earth, so real, and refreshingly kind. I had no idea that she was involved in so many conservation charities, and learning that instantly changed any preconceived I don't think I would have ever picked this book up on my own, but I read a snippet of it in People magazine and it looked interesting. Much to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed this! Let's be honest - Gisele is gorgeous and successful, and so naturally you want to hate her. But man, she came across in this book as just so down-to-earth, so real, and refreshingly kind. I had no idea that she was involved in so many conservation charities, and learning that instantly changed any preconceived notions I might have had about her. She's also extremely close to her family, loves animals (the Vida chapter made me cry!) and is big on teaching her children to grow their own food and know what they're putting in their bodies. Usually when people are this health conscious I feel like they're shaming those who aren't, but I didn't get that impression here. She's just THAT passionate about it, and can't help but share her ideas on food. All in all, I'm very surprised at how much I liked this!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tobias

    Spread out over the eight chapters, Bündchen delivers a mish mash of a biography and life advice for us all, and arguably I think it’s perhaps aimed more towards women than men, even though what she does impart is applicable for both. What I did enjoy is that for someone who has played a stereotype, the supermodel, who publicly usually says very little - Gisele’s advice comes from the heart and she means well by it all, having gone through some trying times in her early career. If the book is fi Spread out over the eight chapters, Bündchen delivers a mish mash of a biography and life advice for us all, and arguably I think it’s perhaps aimed more towards women than men, even though what she does impart is applicable for both. What I did enjoy is that for someone who has played a stereotype, the supermodel, who publicly usually says very little - Gisele’s advice comes from the heart and she means well by it all, having gone through some trying times in her early career. If the book is filed under biographies, then perhaps it’s not as deep on this label as I would have liked it to have been, as the timeframes are not particularly chronological. The end result is a quick and easy read, and Bündchen writes what could be best be described as a self help book with a strong autobiographical element and hey, it is a comfort to see that even the rich and successful have problems like the rest of us. The question is that will 2019 make (m)any of us brave enough to sort ourselves out?

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