Mario Testino on Gisele: "Nobody Liked Her, Nobody Wanted Her"

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Mario and his model masterpiece, Gisele.

Does Gisele Bündchen owe her supermodel status to Mario Testino?

In a new interview with The Observer, the Peruvian fashion photographer says that he was an early supporter of the Brazilian bombshell, who was criticized for her looks as a young model. Hard to believe, right?

"Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her," says Testino, who also admits snapping Anna Wintour's passport photo for her.

"I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody thought she was right—too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist. But I believe in being obsessed, in getting obsessed."

Luckily for Gisele, Testino's obsession helped transform her into the world's highest-paid supermodel.

Surely that's worth a thank you card?