She’s coveted by designers around the world (and one man named Tom Brady), but photographer Mario Testino remembers when Gisele Bundchen was the ugly duckling of the fashion world.
“Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her,” Testino told the Observer, according to Vogue. Some of his most memorable photos — of Bundchen, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, and more — are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
“I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody thought she was right,” he said, “too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist. But I believe in being obsessed, in getting obsessed.”
Obsessed, indeed: scroll down to check out how far the 32-year-old Brazilian beauty has come since she was discovered at a Sao Paulo shopping mall as a teenager.