“What If They Boo Me, Or Yell At Me, Or Throw Things At Me”: Gisele Bündchen Had To Show Tom Brady-Like Fortitude To Get Through The Most Nerve-Wracking Moment Of Her Career

Published 11/24/2022, 2:30 PM EST
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 21: Gisele Bündchen accepts her award onstage during the UCLA IoES honors Barbra Streisand and Gisele Bundchen at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala on February 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability)

Along with being a supermodel, Gisele Bündchen is also a fierce advocate of love and humanity. She involves herself in special projects that teach people to be kind and admiring towards one another. However, the supermodel felt nervous and entertained frightful ideas in her imagination before one such event.

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In 2017, Bündchen received the honor of giving a speech at one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Rock in Rio takes place in Rio de Janeiro. Musicians like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Prince, George Michael, REM, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave, Matthews Band, Coldplay, and U2 performed at the festival.

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The former Victoria’s Secret Angel said yes to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, after she hung up the call, the weight of the responsibility fell on her. The Brazilian native had to speak in front of 100,00 people. She had never written a speech before in her life!

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The 42-year-old believed that the crowd would get furious because they wanted to see their favorite band perform and not see her give a speech. She wrote in her memoir, “ What if they don’t listen to me? I thought. Or boo me, or yell at me, or throw things at me?”

But after the call, she realized how important the opportunity was to her and was determined to give her best. “It doesn’t matter, was my next thought. Get out of your own head. Just do it. If you don’t stand up for what you care about, then you’re complicit.”

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Gisele Bündchen hit the stage of Rock in Rio

After showing Tom Brady-like strength and determination, the iconic model gave the most beautiful speech at the music festival. She spoke in Portuguese and also teared up a little on the stage. Later, the model and singer Ivete Sangalo sang a popular song by John Lennon, ‘Imagine’.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 13: Model Gisele Bundchen looks on prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Her ex-husband, TB12, translated and shared a portion of her speech on his Instagram. “If we are all capable of imagining, we are all capable of creating, so imagine the world you want to live in. Imagine we are already living in it. Imagine.” The 2000s star once again showed how important humanity and showing love for one another is.

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Neha Joshi

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Neha Joshi is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate degree in English Literature from R.D National College, Mumbai and has also previously worked as a Graduate Intern at Jacobs.

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