In the issue, Gisele opens up about the birth of her son, on gaining weight, exercising and how difficult it was to return to work. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Gisele on the birth of her son: "It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body," she says. "And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!"
Gisele on gaining weight: "I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds."
Gisele on picking a baby name: "I wanted him to be called River because I wanted something always flowing, immortal," she says. "My husband 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."
Gisele on giving birth at home: "I wanted to experience the transformation," says Gisele. A midwife friend of hers came in from Brazil as did her mother; her husband was there too. Gisele meditated through the birth. "It was the most amazing experience of my life, feeling him come through my body. And once he was born, I never felt so empowered as looking at him and thinking, Oh, my God, we did it together!"
Gisele on exercising throughout her pregnancy: "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."
Gisele on keeping out of the public eye: “I felt like my pregnancy was a sacred moment for me. I stayed in Boston and I didn’t work apart from the contracts I have, and then I only let them use my face.”
Gisele on her first time behind the camera since her son was born: “I got to the studio and I felt like I was E.T.—whoa, what’s going on? Hair and makeup? I hadn’t looked at myself in a mirror for a month and a half… Usually, as I walk through the door into that atmosphere, I already feel different. There’s a button that goes On and I’m On. And when I go On, there is almost no me; there is just a character who is doing all this. This time it wasn’t like that… For the first time, I think I actually saw me—the inside—instead of the persona.”