Gisele Caroline Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is famous not only as the top model in the world, but also as the wife of famous quarterback Tom Brady. She has been the world's richest model numerous times and may well still Number 1 - like her husband. In fact, she remained the world's highest-paid model in 2015 even after she had retired from the runways - that's tough to do.
Bündchen is a sixth-generation Brazilian of German descent. She was born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. Both of her parents were Brazilians of German descent, and apparently the German community down there is very tightly knit.
Gisele retains her ties to southern Brazil and owns a hotel there, among her many other business interests.
Gisele won the prestigious VH1/Vogue Model of the Year award in 1999. She then co-hosted the ceremony in 2000, along with actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.. Everybody was charmed, and Vogue even named her the "model of the millennium."
|Gisele leaving a Chanel photoshoot in Manhattan in October 2015.|
Vogue also said that Gisele marked the "return of the sexy model." She became the fourth model ever in 2000 to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, which named her "the most beautiful girl in the world." These are not cheesy lad-magazine shout-outs, when Vogue speaks, people in the fashion business listen.
Gisele became a fixture on the Victoria’s Secret runway for many years, but she finally left the brand in 2009. She was one of the most popular Victoria's Secret Angels to date and one of the top supermodels of the 2000s.
Gisele Bundchen represents the top brands, such as Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Versace. She also is a mom of two and wife to American football star Tom Brady. She was ranked #95 on Forbes' Power Women list. She also has various business ventures, including a beauty, lingerie and clothing line. In 2015, she cleared $44 million as a model, earning the top position. Whether that is impressive is up to you, but note that No. 2, Cara Delevingne, was at only $9 million that year. And this, again, was after Gisele had retired from the runway.
Among Gisele's advertising campaigns: several seasons of Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Versace, Céline, Givenchy, Bvlgari, Lanvin, Guerlain, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Earl Jean, Zara, Chloé, Michael Kors, and Louis Vuitton. Bündchen is also the face of several Brazilian brands like Vivo, Brazil's leading mobile company, Multiplan, Colcci and Credicard. After Brazilian clothier hired her and started their television commercials, sales had an increase of 30%.
In May of 2006, Bündchen signed another multi-million dollar deal, this time with American giant Apple Computer. She starred in an advertising campaign to promote the new Macintosh line through the 'Get a Mac' advertisements.
|Gisele on an average day in New York City in 2015.|
She has her own line of sandals with shoes company Grendene, called Ipanema Gisele Bündchen, which have sold more than 100 million pairs since 2001. She is also the owner of a hotel in the south of Brazil, the Palladium Executive.
Bündchen consistently works with photographers, like Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Mert and Marcus, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti and Patrick Demarchelier, among others.
Bündchen has also been on the covers of thousands of magazines from all over the globe like Vogue (American, Italian, British, French, Brazilian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish), W, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Allure, i-D, The Face, Arena (magazine), Citizen K, Flair, Time, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Newsweek, Esquire, Veja, GQ and Marie Claire. Gisele has also walked the Victoria's Secret runway, along with Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, and countless other beautiful "angels". She was also seen in Victoria's Secret commercials and ad campaigns, and Victoria's Secret Magazine.
Some of Gisele's happiest moments have taken place on a strange place for a supermodel: the football field. On 5 February 2017, Gisele cheered on her husband Tom to victory in the Super Bowl. It was Tom's fifth Super Bowl ring, and Gisele was very proud to share it with him.
The list of Gisele's accomplishments is length, and it is getting lengthier every year. This rare beauty is a force to be reckoned with in the modeling world and is sure to remain on magazine covers for many years.