Gisele Bundchen may be the most powerful model in the world—but that's not what she prefers to call herself. "I'm self-employed," says the 33-year-old Brazilian. "[Modeling has] always been a business." This year, she topped Forbes's list of highest-paid models for the seventh year in a row, beating out the likes of Kate Moss and Miranda Kerr by tens of millions of dollars.
But what was it that made Gisele rise above the ranks of just a model, to an incredibly successful business woman?
Selectivity, she says. After becoming the most in-demand face and body on the runways of Paris and Milan in the late 1990s—in 1999, Vogue put her on the cover and declared "The Return of the Sexy Model"—she developed a knack for taking exactly the right steps in her career at exactly the right times.
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