Photog Remembers When Nobody Liked Gisele

By ABC News

Oct 23, 2012 12:25pm

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.

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“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.

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Gisele on the Sept. 1999 cover of Vogue, one of her first major bookings. Credit: Vogue.

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Gisele in a Dolce & Gabbana ad. She was the face of the luxury label from 1998 to 2003. Credit: D&G.

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Gisele at the 2006 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images.

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Gisele in 2008, the year the New York Daily News named her one of the most powerful people in the fashion world. Credit: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Wireimage/Getty Images.

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Gisele in 2012. She's currently expecting her second child. Credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images.

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