Gisele BŁndchen has some empowering advice for mothers and women

The supermodel reminds mothers how important it is to look after themselves

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 21 Oct 2014

Gisele for mothers
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We're all familiar with the superwoman complex. You know, the one where women everywhere bend over backwards trying to juggle relationships, career, children, home life, social life and an immaculate wardrobe... all at once.

We don’t advocate doing your back out trying to out-achieve yourself and we’re glad to see that supermodel Gisele Bündchen agrees.

She may have just done a glamorous new commercial for Chanel, directed by Baz Luhrman, where she plays a woman who’s trying to have and do it all. But, as her Instagram feed also shows, she likes to keep things real and knows what’s really important in life.

Gisele is already known for actively speaking up for breastfeeding for health in pregnancy and now, she has another empowering message for mothers: to take care of you first.

“It's very important to nourish yourself, take care of yourself. You know how they say on the plane that you have to put the oxygen mask on first and then put it on your child? So, I think it is the same, as a mum, to take care of myself,” she said.

“You can feel a bit guilty – you feel guilty if you do and if you don't. But if I put my oxygen mask on first, if I'm feeling fulfilled and present and good about myself, then I'm going to be a much more patient, loving, understanding mother and wife. You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it.”

That's the attitude, we think, that really puts the super in “supermodel.”

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