Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen Fashion Model Biography

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Born: Horizontina, Brazil, 1980

Gisele, born in 1980 is a Brazilian model and actress who has had a pivotal effect on the fashion industry and to this day retains international fame and success.

In 1993 Gisele’s mother encouraged her and two of her sisters to join a modelling course, this turned out to be the beginning of a momentous modelling career for Giselle as she competed in modelling competitions across Brazil before entering the Elite Model World contest held in Ibiza. She placed fourth in this and then went on to get her first international break through, appearing in NY Fashion Week in 1996.

In 1997 Gisele travelled to London and auditioned for 42 shows, she got her big break when she was chosen for her ability to walk in high heels on a slippery run way for Alexander McQueen’s April showers inspired Spring 1998 ready-to-wear show. McQueen also echoed accolades pronounced on Elle Macpherson a decade earlier, dubbing Gisele as ‘the Body’. This instantly increased her bookings.

Gisele has featured campaigns for many high end fashion houses, including MissoniChloéDolce & Gabbana,Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Versace. She has also been the cover girl for Vogue, i-D and many other prestigious fashion magazines.

She is the fourth model in history to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine where they titled her ‘the most beautiful girl in the world’ in 2000. In the same year Time magazine said she was ‘one of the few runway models whom straight men can name”.

Gisele is also famous for pioneering the “horse walk”, which is a form of walking on the catwalk where a model picks up her knees high and kicks her feet forwards, creating a stomping movement.

Gisele is also credited with ending the era of “Heroin Chic” in the modelling industry, as Vogue dubbed her she was “The Return of the Sexy Model”. Her success and immense sex appeal led her to being one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels from 2000 until 2006.

Since 2004 she has been the highest paid model in the world. According to Forbes, Gisele is on track to become the worlds first billionaire supermodel.

Gisele has also worked as an actress, appearing in films including ‘Taxi’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘.

From 2000-2005 Giselle was in a high profile relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. Se has been married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady since 2009.

Her incredible success can be attributed to her stunning beauty, versatile talent, and undeniable charisma. In 2007, Gisele signed a multi-year contract with Victoria’s Secret, solidifying her status as one of the brand’s most iconic Angels. She graced the prestigious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway for multiple years, mesmerising audiences with her confidence and magnetic presence.

Throughout her career, Gisele has been the face of numerous high-profile campaigns and magazine covers. In 2009, she became the first solo model to appear on the cover of Vogue Italia, marking a significant milestone in her career. She continued to dominate the fashion world with campaigns for iconic brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.

In 2012, Gisele announced her retirement from runway modelling, marking the end of an era. However, she continued to be in high demand as a brand ambassador, global philanthropist, and advocate for environmental causes. Her dedication to sustainability and environmental activism earned her recognition and admiration from around the world.

In recent years, Gisele’s influence and impact have extended beyond the fashion industry. In 2018, she released her memoir, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” sharing her personal journey and life lessons with her fans and readers.

Gisele Bündchen’s timeless beauty, business acumen, and philanthropic efforts continue to inspire new generations of models and entrepreneurs. Her legacy as one of the most successful and influential supermodels of all time is undeniable, solidifying her place as an enduring fashion icon.

Gisele Bundchen Biography

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Written by Roanna Price

Roanna Price, fascinated by the escapism, imagination and conversation that can be conjured in the glossy page of fashion writing. Journalism graduate in Liverpool Roanna is responsible for our Top Model Biographies section.

2 thoughts on “Gisele Bundchen

  1. She’s used to revealing herself on the runway, and Victoria’s Secret spokesperson Gisele B ndchen isn’t shy about sharing her methods for looking her best either. B ndchen admits that she loves to squeeze blemishes (meaning she actually gets them on occasion) and believes bigger is better. “I am a huge fan of big cotton underpants; they’re comfortable,” she says. “I wear them every day.” (Note: In Brazilianspeak, “big” is equivalent to a bikini cut, not granny panties.) Despite her enviable figure, B ndchen gets butterflies before baring it on the catwalk. “No matter how many shows I’ve done, as soon as they say it’s time to start, I get that nervous sensation and feel like I have to pee,” she says. “So that’s where my mind is. That and making it to the end of the runway and back as fast as I can.”

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