March 16th, 2010
01:53 PM ET

Gisele Bundchen shows her 'earth mother' side in Vogue

Gisele Bündchen, whose willowy curves have rocked runways as well as the pages of everything from Victoria’s Secret to Vogue, revealed her “earth mother” side to the fashion magazine in an interview for Vogue’s April issue.

The 29-year-old model said she wanted to name her first son River, “because I wanted something always flowing, immortal.”

Husband Tom Brady, however, wasn’t having it.

“My husband said ‘There’s no way we’re going to call him River,’” she told the magazine, and so the couple settled on Benjamin Rein. “My father’s name is Reinoldo, so it’s a homage to him. And it’s like water.”

Water was the central theme for Bündchen’s birth – she meditated her way through labor at home in a deep tub filled with warm water overlooking the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I wanted to experience the transformation,” Bündchen said. “It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body.”

The model hasn’t been slowed down at all by her first child – she was up the next day, puttering around the loft she and her NFL quarterback husband share, and delved right back into her yoga routine, which was all she did to get back to her pre-pregnancy shape.

“I think it’s muscle memory,” Bündchen said, combined with the fact that she was health-conscious throughout her pregnancy.

“I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week,” she told Vogue. “I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.”

Bündchen also has something in common with Beyoncé: Both the supermodel and the superstar have quiet, tame alter egos when the stilettos are off and they’re out of the spotlight.

"I've worked for 14 years, but I don't think anybody in the business really knows me, because there is that other person," she said of the persona she created when she was a teenager on the fast track to becoming a household name.

"People were asking, 'How does it feel to be the model of the moment?' It was hard for me to answer as myself. I barely spoke English," she said. "I thought, I have to give my best because they trust me with that. I invented this other person, and she could do everything. She wasn't afraid; she was able to be ballsy and risky and sexy or androgynous. She was bold. I had to believe in myself as this person that was strong, up-front, invincible, and positive, who knew what she was doing, even though I really didn't."

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  1. Siri

    +++ YAY!!! congratulations to gisele and tom and OMG tom River was a cute name +++

    Chaelynn, do you know these people personally? (I'm 99.9% sure you don't). It's icky and weird for you to be using their first names to speak of them. Kind of reminds me of the movie Fahrenheit 451 (based on the Ray Bradbury book), where Montag's wife was so obsessed with what we now know as "reality TV" that she talked about the people on TV as if she knew them personally. 😛 IMO "starfrackers" like you are part of what's wrong with America.

    March 19, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Porchiaknows

    Someone needs to give her riding lessons. Her form is terrible.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. junee smith

    Gisele is beautiful and I give her alot of credit.

    Good riddens to the Cynthia comment. She can nly dream about being as incredible as Gisele.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. peepsmom2009

    Excellent response J.C.

    While I do not enjoy watching the Patriots and I do not enjoy seeing what "supermodels" do to our teenage daughter's and son's self esteem, this relationship seems to be a vaild one and really, none of our business.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Susan

    Gosh I hate her! jk.. She looks awesome. It’s true though. A lot of women (including me!) think that when you’re pregnant you have the right to eat whatever you want because you’re eating for two. I am pregnant for the second time and realized that the baby is small. You need to think more of eating for 1 1/2 instead. And eat more good healthy food instead of scarfing down the French fries. I’m gaining healthily weight for me and my baby without scarfing down the calories or starving myself. Its really important to know that yes you are pregnant you will gain weight however you still have to watch what you eat because you can still eat bad calories that wont do you any good. It’s all about knowing what you’re eating and making sure that you is eating the recommended calories for a pregnant woman. There are good calories and bad. Certain foods act like fuel and will burn quickly appose to those that linger in your system and get stored as fat.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Duke

    Tom Brady Kills Puppies.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. GWB

    J.C.: I love Tom Brady and have been a Pats fan since I was a little girl growing up in Upstate New York. But I have to say that you are wrong in many ways. No, Tom Brady is no loser, however his wife is a classless pig.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. mary

    hey Cynthia bennett...get your story straight before you go running off at the mouth!!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Isabel

    Gisele is an elegant woman. And she is true about herself because she is healthy. Women don't have to gain ANY fat when they are pregnant!! They gains some weight (30 to 40 pounds) but it's the baby, not the woman's body! I am a mother, I know from my own experience! Before I got pregnant I weighted 100pounds, and as my son was 4 months old, I'd got back to my 100pounds! And I had lots of cravings, and I satisfied all of them!! Chocolate, cakes, etc, etc... But I was health conscious and want to feel strong and full of energy for my baby , I breastfed my son for 18 months and he is strong and healthy too!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chealyn (shay-lynn)

    how do you not know do you not read magazines she moved on he moved on he got married she stayed a single mom... come on now.. and hello leann dont you take like a million pics of your babies just because their kids get the spotlight and yours didnt no ,need to be all hostile the are in that position to entertain you if you dont like dont read the entertainment section of cnn stick to money and justice and leave this section for the NON-HATERS

    March 17, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jasmine

    Wow J.C.
    You must read alot of tabloid magazines!
    You know your ****!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LC

    Chealyn: How do you know that Brady and Moynihan were 'done with'?

    March 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LeeAn

    Is it really necessary to advertise a three month old baby on Vogue, so you can make another hundred thousand dollars for the photo?or whatever amount???? Don't these people already make like 50 million dollars a year????

    March 16, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mushymushroom

    Haha! Whenever I see Giselle I'm always reminded of the film "TAxi" with Jimmy Fallon and Queen Latifa...that was some funny movie! And I was impressed by her acting, I mean the first time I heard she was on that film I was skeptical but she performed better than I expected.

    Anyway, congrats to the new baby, and I agree with the earlier post, I don't agree with pregnant women starving themselves, they should do a healthy diet and safe excercises... when a woman is pregnant she is at her most beautiful, because she is carrying a life inside of her...heaven knows how much other women would want to become pregnant but they can't so please feel blessed if you are pregnant... 🙂

    March 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chealyn

    YAY!!! congratulations to gisele and tom and OMG tom River was a cute name 🙂 lol im soooo happy for them as for all you haters dont hate on them cuz your sitting at home eating ben and jerrys with your cats wishing you had a man like hers its not her fault he fell in love with her!!! and yeah him and bridget were way done with when they got together!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Patricia

    Oh please be kind NYLA Princess! Women get fat when they get pregnant.. An awful trend now is that women are starving themselves when pregnant so they can slim down– my sister in law practically starved her first child because she was so afraid of him getting "fat". For pete's sake, the kid's ribs were showing when he was 8!

    Let's get over this calling pregnant women "whales" and be more understanding. Women always will get heavy when pregnant– I don't think it's a fabulous thing when women pride themselves on NOT getting fat when pregnant– If you do, fine– if you don't, fine too. Let's stop all this criticizing.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. J.C.

    just a response to "cynthia bennett"...
    1) loser husband? wow, you must have really high standards since Brady won the 2007 NFL MVP award...
    2) Brady didn't abandon Bridget...their relationship had already ended when she discovered she was pregnant...last thing I would do with a soon-to-be ex is be stupid and get myself knocked up
    3) Gisele and Tom didn't get together until after he and Bridget split
    4) Gisele and Tom got married 2/26/09...their baby was born 12/8/09...
    do the math lady...they were married before she got pregnant...not sure what your definition of immoral is but marriage before pregnancy really isn't immoral...wonder what you have to say about Jolie & Pitt
    5) not sure why any married couple should be accused of "flaunting parenthood"...guess you'll have to slam all those parents pushing a baby carriage shopping at WalMart for baby stuff...
    6) because I'm a fan of proper English...what the hell is riddens???
    The proper term is "good riddance"...if you don't know how to use a dictionary...or spell check, for that matter, you have no business posting your uninformed, ignorant comments

    March 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Thanks JC. It's so sad to see Cynthia being the Judge and jury for someone else's life and I am willing to bet that hers is a Grease Fire.

      June 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. NYLA Princess

    I agree with Giselle about how many women think that eating for two mean you have to become a "garbage disposal". I also did light weights and yoga while I was pregnant and breasfed my baby. Not many people today would ever think I had a child and she is 15. Now that I am carrying twins, I still eat healthy, gained weight, but I do not look like a whale. The weight will mostly go to the babies and enough for me to be healthy. Good for her for sticking by her workout routine. And that is not just because she is a model, but a lifestyle. Cute baby!

    March 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sue

    I'm confused. Where did that Beyoncee reference come from?

    March 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  20. cynthia bennett

    Gisele and her loser husband make me sick. Tom Brady abandoned the mother of his first child for this woman? She is as selfish and immoral as he is and they both should be ashamed of themselves flaunting parenthood. They don't deserve to be happy. Tom Brady should have manned up and taken care of his first family. Good riddens!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • norm

      Get a life. They are happy and you are so green with envy. Why can't you be happy for them both. Get a life

      June 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jessie

    congrats to Gisele and her new bundle of joy

    March 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |

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