Gisele Bündchen says she quit Victoria's Secret because she felt 'less at ease' posing in bikinis

Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesGisele Bündchen revealed why she became ‘less at ease’ with Victoria’s Secret shows.
  • Gisele Bündchen revealed the reason behind her departure from Victoria’s Secret in her new memoir “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.
  • She writes that she became “less at ease” with wearing “just a bikini or thong.”
  • Bündchen placed two pieces of paper reading “yes” and “no” in an empty teacup, and ultimately pulled “no.”

Gisele Bündchen was one of the most famous Victoria’s Secret Angels during her time with the brand, but she hung up her wings back in 2006 after joining their roster of models in 1999.

She just released a new memoir entitled “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life” in which she reveals the reason behind her decision to move on from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. According to an excerpt shared by People, her comfort level with the lingerie started to dwindle as her modelling career developed.

“For the first five years, I felt comfortable modelling in lingerie, but as time went on, I felt less and less at ease being photographed walking the runway wearing just a bikini or a thong,” she writes in the memoir. “Give me a tail, a cape, wings – please, anything to cover me up a little!”

Gisele Bundchen 2005 victoria's secretPeter Kramer/Getty ImagesBündchen says she she became less comfortable after the first five years.

Though she acknowledges the opportunities the brand gave her, she ultimately decided not to renew her contract in 2006.

“I was certainly grateful for the opportunity and the financial security the company had given me, but I was at a different place in my life, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue working there,” Bündchen writes.

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Gisele Bundchen Victoria's Secret 2005Peter Kramer/Getty ImagesBündchen says the brand gave her ‘financial security.’

When it came time to make her decision, she devised a simple way to make the big life change: placing two pieces of paper with the words “yes” and “no” in an empty teacup and letting fate decide the rest.

“I closed my eyes and set an intention: whatever piece of paper I chose would be for my highest and best self and be the right decision,” she wrote. “No was the answer I unconsciously wanted to hear. It was also the answer my body wanted to hear and, I believe, had been trying to tell me for days.”

Gisele Bundchen victoria's secret fashion show 2006Mark Mainz/Getty ImagesShe last walked the show in 2006.

Though the model is no longer a part of the annual event, her legacy continues to influence the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told People that Bündchen is the inspiration behind the “sun-kissed” looks the models will be wearing at this year’s show, so it looks like she’ll be there in spirit.

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Sunday, December 2, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Find out more about how to watch the show here.

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