Gisele Bundchen apologizes for recent shady comments over Instagram models
Gisele Bundchen - the woman often regarded as the most famous supermodel on the planet - recently sat down with Vogue to talk about a variety of different issues, including her love of the environment and the state of the fashion industry.
Bundchen, who spends her time between Costa Rica, Montana and New York City is a lover of sustainable living and said that she worries about the direction humanity is going in when it comes to our environment.
"There are enough signs that we can’t keep going in this direction," said Gisele. "People forget that without a healthy environment, there are no healthy humans, because last time I checked, our life depends on the health of our planet, period."
"At the end of the day, the Earth will be fine. If we are gone, she’s going to regenerate herself. So we have to think about how we’re going to survive on it. How can we have the least impact?”
Our relationship with the environment wasn't the only aspect of modern society that Gisele was critical of. The 37-year-old also had plenty to say about the materialistic nature of the western world, calling on the fashion industry to become more ethical.
"People think they need more stuff, but no," she says.
"Start with the simple principle of waking up in the morning and asking, ‘What makes my life possible?’ It’s such a simple question. The air I breathe, the soil I step on, the food I eat, the water I drink, the sun that makes me happy. If we understand that our survival depends on the Earth and really appreciate all those gifts, maybe we can show a bit more care.
"Fashion is a trillion-dollar industry. We have the means. We just have to want to do it."
The mom-of-two also admitted that she wasn't a fan of social media and was critical of models who use it to promote themselves.
"If it was me, it would only be pictures of sunsets," she says. "It’s not my generation—I have to be honest about that. I’m older, wiser. If I had to promote myself in the way girls modelling now have to do, forget it. I wouldn’t do it."
Unsurprisingly, Giselle received backlash for the comments - especially the fact that she branded herself "wiser" for not using social media and had to issue an apology.
"My intention was simply to express that I come from an older generation and am not technologically savvy," she writes in the tweet above.
"I admire the younger generation and their skill to manage all the added demand of social media. I certainly never feel that I am wiser than anyone, and I believe that we are all learning."
Whether Gisele's comments about social media were meant as an insult to models or not, it would be fair to say that her other points about the fashion industry and society, in general, were well-rounded and truthful. Maybe she is a bit wiser after all.