Gisele Bundchen: Supermodel Soccer Fan for ELLE Canada

Posted Thursday June 5, 2014 11:30 AM GMT

She’s been posing for a living for the past twenty years and Gisele Bundchen has managed to earn the title of “world’s most powerful supermodel” from Forbes.

Though she averages around $40 million per year salary-wise, the married mother-of-two hasn’t forgotten her roots.

Gisele told ELLE Canada she’s looking forward to seeing the 2014 World Cup action in her homeland of Brazil. “Soccer has always been a huge part of the culture of Brazil. People here are all geared up!”

“Well, I would like to score a goal myself. [Laughs] I’m very proud that I was born in Brazil. I love the spirit of the Brazilian people. There’s something magical about it. There’s a viva—there is joy. There is warmth—a sense of welcome. When I first came to America, I was hugging and kissing everyone and people were shocked. Soccer supporters will come from different parts of the world, and they will experience that side of Brazilian life—all that beauty and energy.”

And it sounds like Bundchen has always been an active gal. “I’ve been athletic since I was little. I was the captain of my volleyball team. I used to jog—even almost naked in winter. I’m Sporty Spice!”

Furthermore, Gisele explained she has a close relationship with her body- “The body is a temple. I enjoy moving. I don’t play much volleyball anymore, but I ride horses, surf and play beach tennis. I play wherever I am. Kung fu, boxing, yoga, Pilates.... It makes me feel alive. If I don’t move my body, I don’t feel good.”

In terms of diet, Bundchen has a strict regimen by which she lives. “I rarely eat meat, but I’m from the south of Brazil—I was raised on meat. I’m not an extremist, but I need to know where my food comes from. If my food has been injected with antibiotics and a whole lot of other stuff, I [unfortunately] end up eating that as well. I keep chickens at home.”

Matt Jones for ELLE Canada

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