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Gisele Bundchen got great advice from her dad after agents criticized her look

The former supermodel may have seemed like a runway natural, but not to some in the business who saw her early on.
/ Source: TODAY

Gisele Bündchen seems like she was born to be a supermodel. But when she started out in 1995, not everyone agreed that she was destined for the job — because of her looks!

Gisele, in the 1990s, at the start of her careerMari Sarai / Getty Images

"I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover," she told People magazine. "It wasn't easy to be 14 and hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure."

Fortunately, the 35-year-old, who has since married NFL star Tom Brady and stepped back from the runway, got great encouragement from her dad, Valdir.

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"I told my dad, and he said, 'Next time, tell them 'I have a big nose and that comes with a big personality,'" she recalled. "At that point I felt if I kept working hard and giving my best, it would all work out."

Clearly it has. Bündchen moved to New York at age 16 and landed a big runway show for Alexander McQueen in 1998, which set her on the road to success. She signed a $25 million contract with Victoria's Secret in 2000. She's doing less modeling now so she can focus on being a wife and a mom to her children with Brady, Benjamin (age 6) and Vivian (age 3) and stepmother to Brady's son Jack (age 8).

Gisele on the runway earlier in April.Fernanda Calfat / Getty Images

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So what's the lesson she learned from all of those years of criticism and modeling success? How to take a good photo! Bündchen's advice: "I have learned that when you are feeling good in that moment it's the most important thing," she said. "Also, good lighting always helps."

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