Gisele Bündchen, flawless woman, says she was rejected 42 times before getting her break in the modeling world. The reason? Her “big” nose and “small” eyes, which turned out to be totally acceptable facial features for a human being, considering that she’s gone on to become the world’s highest paid model.
Bündchen told People: “I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover.” She recalls that hearing that kind of criticism at 14 “wasn’t easy” and made her “feel insecure.” Probs safe to assume she’s moved past that insecurity now.
After going to her dad, upset, he gave her the most dad-like piece of advice ever: “I told my dad, and he said, ‘Next time, tell them, I have a big nose and that comes with a big personality,” she said. “At that point I felt, if I kept working hard and giving my best, it would all work out.” So that’s when she decided to keep showing up at castings again (and again, and again) until after 42 rejections, she scored a job.
“I was going to castings daily, but work was still very slow,” she recalled of the time leading up to her first runway show for Alexander McQueen in 1998. After that show she landed a career-making cover on Vogue in ’99. “I felt like I was in the right place at the right time. I didn’t really know anything about fashion. I saw jobs as opportunities to travel the world and make some money so I could also help my family back home.” Well, with an estimated net worth of $386 million, Gisele—and her nose—are clearly doing something right.