Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Finds Solace in Costa Rica and a New Purpose

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Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Finds Solace in Costa Rica and a New Purpose
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, with correspondent Lee Cowan, in Costa Rica. Img Cr. CBS NEWS

Costa Rica – September 24, 2023

The remote Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is a hidden gem, not easily accessible but cherished by those who seek a tranquil escape. Nestled on this peninsula is the vibrant town of Santa Theresa, a haven for expats and surf enthusiasts. For one special resident, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, this coastal paradise has become her cherished refuge.

At 43 years old and a mother of two, Gisele reflects on her evolving perspective on life. “I’m in a different place in my life,” she says, emphasizing the shift from survival to truly living. Despite still possessing the sought-after looks that made her a supermodel, she’s been stepping back from the runway to embrace her authentic self.

“Before, they weren’t hiring Gisele; they didn’t even know me,” she reveals about her early modeling days. “They just liked the way I looked and they liked the way my body looked in clothes.” But now, she’s determined to be herself.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Finds Solace in Costa Rica and a New Purpose
PARIS, FRANCE – 1998: Gisele Bundchen walks the runway at the Louis Vuitton show as part of Paris Fashion Week Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 1999 show, 1998 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Contrary to the spotlight-loving persona often associated with supermodels, Gisele describes herself as an introvert. “I’m a Cancer,” she shares, referring to her zodiac sign. “I like my little home. You know the crab; she has a little shell. She likes to go in her shell and feel safe, that’s me.”

Yet, there’s another persona she’s embraced throughout her career – “her.” This persona acted as a protective shield from the harsh realities of the fashion industry, allowing her to flourish while maintaining a semblance of privacy.

Gisele admits that behind the glitz and glamour, there were moments she wished she had never been discovered. She felt trapped, resorting to unhealthy habits like excessive caffeine, smoking, and alcohol to cope with the pressures of modeling.

Anxiety took its toll, manifesting in panic attacks and a sense of suffocation. She recalls feeling trapped in elevators and studios, eventually leading her to contemplate the unthinkable. However, instead of jumping, Gisele chose a different path – a radical detox, eliminating caffeine, sugar, and most alcohol from her life. She also embraced meditation.

This transformation led her to a healthier and happier place when she met NFL superstar Tom Brady. She describes herself as a different person by then, focused on motherhood and seeking fulfillment beyond modeling.

When asked if she misses the spotlight, she candidly responds, “Not at all. I was there to take my kids to school every day and make them breakfast every morning and just be with them. What a gift! They grow up so fast.”

Gisele and Tom Brady share custody of their children after their public divorce. While it wasn’t the path she initially envisioned, she now views it as a unique chapter in her life. “When a door shuts, other doors open,” she reflects.

One of those open doors led her to the lush fields of Gaia Herbs Farms in North Carolina, where she now serves as the wellness ambassador. Nature has become her sanctuary, and she’s passionate about sharing the wisdom of herbal remedies.

Gisele’s affinity for herbs traces back to her childhood in rural Brazil, where her grandmother’s herb garden held magical healing powers. Her grandmother’s ability to nurture and heal left a lasting impression on her.

With emotion in her voice, Gisele shares, “She was magical for me, because she could fix anything. She could plant anything. She could make anything grow. She could heal anything. She was just amazing, right? … She was so special.”

As Gisele reflects on her journey, she’s come full circle to embrace her roots and rediscover her true self. She concludes, “I don’t have to play a character. I can be me. And that’s liberating.”

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