What do you know of Gisele Bündchen? Or have you heard of her? Well, if you’re into fashion, entertainment, and charity – then Bündchen would ring a bell. She’s that Brazilian-German supermodel who does business “contracting” while helping people and the environment.
Wow, how many celebrities could actually get into Forbes most powerful women? Only a few; and she’s number 95 on that list.
See, many times when fame and money reaches one – they sort of forget where they came from, how they got there and who helped them that they tend to ignore what’s really around them. Not Bündchen.
From donating to Brazil’s Zero Hunger Program to raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital all the way to HIV victims in Africa then Hurricane Katrina as well as to aiding Haiti after its devastating earthquake – she’s been around.
Okay, let’s say the money she actually coughs out is just a small portion of her earnings – but then, she didn’t state (or did she??) that she’d be responsible for a certain state or country’s welfare, or what. Otherwise, that would make her a hypocrite. Why? Then, why didn’t she give all her money to charity then? See?
Yet, how come Gisele Bündchen was named into the most powerful?
Again, just like other celebrities or those who are not fully-engaged in business or government activities, it’s because of influence. Charity is simply the result of being responsible while influence is influence.
Can you imagine how many girls want to “be like her”, especially in Brazil? These are not stalker followers or just envious people but admirers. More so, back in the mid-90’s when Bündchen was still a school girl, there were only 5 modeling agencies in all of Brazil; but now, there are at least 11 agencies. The effect of Bündchen to Brazil and the modeling industry as a whole has simply been phenomenal.
Still, with all the modeling, producing, running her own product lines, and charity work – she found time to support environmental causes. Proof of this is that she devotes part of her website to pondering socio-environmental issues that we could do something about. And so, a year later after launching her “green” blog – on September 2009, she was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.
In the end, influence is Influence if people seeks or respects what you have to say – and power is Power only if they listen or do what you said.
What’s your take?