Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has discovered a secret skill as the "queen of construction" after buying and selling properties and turning a healthy profit on each one.

The savvy Brazilian, 24, enjoys her makeover hobby so much she claims modelling now takes up just 40 per cent of her time, and she uses fashion jobs abroad to gauge whether her contractors are any good.

She says, "When I come back, they actually have stuff done. (If not) I get a new contractor."

Bundchen currently owns homes in Los Angeles, upstate New York and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

19/04/2005 09:04