For the July edition of Vogue USA, the supermodel, activist and mother discusses her family, the environment, her early modelling days and more. Check out excerpts from the interview below!
On the environment
“There are enough signs that we can’t keep going in this direction,” says Gisele, who talks a mile a minute and oscillates between finding the comedy in our human failings and becoming so passionate about her subject that tears emerge at the edges of her blue eyes. “People forget that without a healthy environment, there are no healthy humans, because last time I checked, our life depends on the health of our planet, period. At the end of the day, the Earth will be fine. If we are gone, she’s going to regenerate herself. So we have to think about how we’re going to survive on it. How can we have the least impact?”
On the moment that changed everything for her
In 2002, Gisele had an experience that transformed her relationship to the business. At that year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show, protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals rushed the stage brandishing signs that read, “Gisele: Fur Scum,” in response to recent news of her contract with the furrier Blackglama. “Suddenly it dawned on me,” she explains. “I was in the hamster wheel: I’m just going to go out there and be a good girl and do what my agent tells me to do. What do I know? It wasn’t until that shock—it stopped me in my tracks. They sent me all these videos. I wasn’t aware of what was happening, and I was devastated. So I said, ‘Listen, I’m not doing fur campaigns.’ It put me in the driver’s seat, finally. The universe comes to you and says, ‘Hello, maybe you should notice this.’ You need to be responsible for the choices you make.”
Read the full interview here