Gisele Bundchen suffered crippling anxiety during early days of modelling career

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen suffered crippling anxiety during the early days of her modelling career.

In a series of videos for Dior's latest Capture Totale skincare campaign, the 39-year-old Brazilian model shared her tips for living a life of beauty, and her first lesson was teaching others to find balance within themselves.

Opening up about her battle with anxiety, Gisele explained she felt isolated when she first began modelling back in 1996.

"When I was in my early 20s, I experienced panic attacks, and I felt like my world just kept getting smaller and smaller. I became a prisoner in my own life. From the outside I could have everything but really I was feeling like I couldn't breathe," she shared, noting that she had to learn to break the bad habits to find balance and urged others to do the same.

"Shed off the outside noise and go inward. Be with yourself. Even if it's just ten minutes a day, however long you have, just please give that time to yourself," Gisele added.

In another of her lessons, the model and activist touched upon the high beauty standards women are held to and wants them to simply remember that they are "unique and special".

"We believe that we have to look a certain way or do a certain thing to be accepted, but that's not the case and that's unnecessary stress," the mother-of-two stated. "Remember, there is only one you."

Elsewhere in her beauty manifesto, Gisele implored others to start protecting the planet and recalled a trip to the Amazon rainforest in her native Brazil that inspired her to be a force for change.

"I decided I had to do something to protect our rainforests because I wanted to protect what I love. Right now my number one thing is regenerating the planet. It's what we need to be focusing on," she shared.

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