Only six weeks after giving birth, Gisele opened the doors to her Boston home to Vogue's Contributing Editor Joan Juliet Buck to share intimate details about shedding the baby weight (“I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week. 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.”); her new beauty line developed to empower troubled young girls around the world; and the birth of her baby boy, Benjamin Rein (“I wanted him to be called River because I wanted something always flowing, immortal. My husband [New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady] said, ‘There’s no way we’re going to call him River.’ But my father’s name is Reinoldo, so it’s a homage to him. And it’s like water.”)
And as if her life isn't already enviable enough, the uber-mannequin was required to frolic for the accompanying portfolio for photographer Patrick Demarchelier on the beaches of Costa Rica.
April is also Vogue's annual Shape issue, which pays tribute to the female form with stories ranging from the inspirational to the poignant. Model Kim Noorda describes her struggle with food issues and how, through treatment, she has gained the confidence to bid the diet demons adieu. Contributing Editor Vicki Woods details how she finally stood up to smoking and its diktats to live a cigarette-free life, while foodie - and lifelong gym-phobe - Julie Powell decides to get fit once and for all.
Also profiled are the Harvard-educated Kate Dilllon, one of today’s most successful plus-size models, and pixie rocker Janelle Monáe, who may stand a mere five feet but who is by no means short on style or talent.
Check it out at Vogue.com.
- Lesley Scott
(all images: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue)
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