Gisele Bundchen Wears Burqa to Plastic Surgeon Appointment, Angers French
And probably Muslims, too.
We get it. When you're a supermodel whose life's work is founded upon your naturally flawless good looks, visiting a plastic surgeon can be seen as a fraudulent, even traitorous move.
So it makes sense that professional pretty person Gisele Bundchen, arguably one of the most successful supermodels of the past 20 years, would want to protect her identity while visiting her Parisian doctor. But her disguise while heading to an appointment earlier this month with younger sister Rafaela left quite a few people scratching their heads — and even more Parisians up in arms.
The sisters arrived dressed in traditional Muslim Burqas (the outing took place during the month of Ramadan, which ended July 17), which covered them from head to ankles. Unfortunately for them, they fooled no one.
The Daily Mail first reported the news, identifying Bundchen by both her driver, with whom she has been photographed on several occasions, and by the fact that the 34-year-old had been spotted at the very same clinic earlier this year. Whoops.
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To add insult to injury, the mom of three managed to incite backlash by flubbing a few rules, the first of which being that neither she nor her sister are practicing Muslims (strike one). Secondly, the supermodel bared her feet in open-toed sandals — another Muslim no-no (strike two). On top of all that, Burqas have been banned in France since 2010, and the French were outraged at the Bundchens' disregard for their law, calling the disguises "shameful" and "ridiculous" (strike three).
No confirmation yet on whether the supermodel actually had any procedures done. But perhaps she and hubby Tom Brady (of Deflategate infamy) can save money by sharing an Olivia Pope-style PR mastermind. Just a thought.