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Gisele Bündchen Opens Up About Being Bullied As A Kid — Say What?!

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If the world's highest paid supermodel is the victim of bullying… is there any hope for the rest of us? LOLz!

In a new interview in the New York Times, Gisele Bündchen got really candid about being taunted for her figure growing up, and even as she entered the modeling world. Ugh!

The 35-year-old shared:

"My career was never based on pretty. Even before I got into the business, I was used to being bullied because I was always tall and skinny and stuck out. I got really red all the time from playing volleyball, red like a pepper. So I thought bullying was just the way life is."

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Despite the constant torment, Tom Brady's wife never let the haters stop her from taking over the world's largest runways:

"In the beginning, you know, everyone told me, ‘Your eyes are too small, the nose is too big, you can never be on a magazine cover.' But, you know what? The big nose is coming with a big personality."

We still can't believe she was criticized, but we appreciate her positive spirit!

Miz Bündchen made sure to work twice as hard to overcome whatever shortcomings other people insisted she had:

"I always knew that, even if I was not the most beautiful girl, I'd be the most energetic and hard-working. If you want to know the truth, that's the reason for my success."

The Brazilian beauty credits much of her work ethic to her upbringing:

"When I was a kid, I never even thought about fashion. I had one pair of jeans. I'm a twin, I'm a Cancer, I'm always taking care of other people. I've always been the fixer in the family, the responsible one. I've always been a hard worker, never late for a job in my life. Really, ask anyone."

In fact, after being discovered in a mall food court at the young age of 14, Gisele was more determined than ever to make something of herself:

"This opportunity was given to me when I left home at 14 and I was not going to come back empty-handed. What else can a 14-year-old do to make money? I was determined to make it work."

Just two years later, the momma-of-two was cast for a Harper's Bazaar editorial. Fashion photog Patrick Demarchelier recalled:

"Some people on the sitting were saying, 'Oh, she's not too pretty, she has a big nose.' But I said, ‘No, no, I like her.' She was smart and outgoing, always happy, and clearly already knew what she was doing. Immediately, right away, you could see that the girl was special. She got 20 pages right away."

Boom!

[Image via Instagram.]

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