Gisele Bundchen's nose deemed to big for her to be a cover star

Gisele Bundchen was told her nose was "too big" and she would "never" grace the front of prestigious magazine covers.

Gisele Bundchen's nose deemed to big for her to be a cover star

Gisele Bündchen's nose was "too big" for magazine covers.

The 35-year-old Brazilian supermodel - who made her breakthrough in 1998 modelling for Alexander McQueen, the same year she made her Vogue debut - has admitted she was told her assets were out of proportion and she would "never" grace the front of a glossy publication, which made her feel insecure.

Speaking to PEOPLE about the criticism she faced on her journey to become a model, she said: "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.

"It wasn't easy to be 14 and hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure."

Mother-of-two Gisele - who has son Benjamin, six, and three-year-old daughter Vivian with her husband, NFL player Tom Brady - sought advice from her father Valdir on the comments and told her to make the most of all her features.

She explained: "I told my dad, and he said, 'Next time, tell them, I have a big nose and that comes with a big personality.' At that point I felt, if I kept working hard and giving my best, it would all work out."

However, 21 years later and the blonde beauty is set to take a modelling hiatus to focus on other interests.

She said: "I am not retiring, I love learning and I love creating and I feel that will always be a part of my life. I am just emptying my glass, so I can fill it with things that are more aligned with who I am today."

Meanwhile, Gisele is releasing a photo book in May entitled 'Gisele', published by Taschen to celebrate her two decades in the industry.

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