Birth name Gisele Caroline Bündchen
Date of birth July 20, 1980
Place of birth Brazil
Measurements 35-23-35.5 (89-59-90)
Agency IMG Models 2pm Model Management
Spouse(s) Tom Brady
Before being a super model
When it comes to super models, it doesn’t get hotter than Gisele Bundchen. Infused with style, elegance and beauty this walking fashion queen sets every stage on fire.
Claudia Schiffer said: “Supermodels, like we once were, don’t exist any more” and reckoned that Gisele Bundchen was the only one close to earning the supermodel title.
Gisele Bundchen, the brazilian sexy supermodel, known worldwide as the world richest supermodel, was discovered in Brazil at the young age of 13. Surprisingly enough Gisele Bundchen actually wanted to become a professional volleyball player before she found her career as a model. Throughout her career Gisele Bundchen has worked for Balenciaga, Celine, Givenchy, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, and Victoria’s Secret and many others.
Bundchen was born in the Brazilian town of Três de Maio and grew up in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul. Both of her parents are German, Vânia Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner, and Valdir Bündchen, a university teacher and writer. She has five sisters — Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela and her fraternal twin Patrícia, Gisele’s junior by five minutes. Bundchen is Roman Catholic and speaks Portuguese as her native language. She also speaks Spanish and English.
“ I was born in Horizontina, a town in the backcountry of (Brazilian) state Rio Grande do Sul. The town was once mainly colonized by Germans. In the school which I attended, learning German was actually obligatory from third grade on. But being out of touch with the language for such a long time, I unfortunately forgot it. […] I belong to the sixth generation of my family in Brazil. ”
Surprisingly, as a child Gisele was considered a good volleyball player and had hoped to become a professional player, perhaps for the Brazilian national squad, the Sogipa, but fortunately for her fans she was discovered by modeling talent scouts before she could commit to volleyball training.
Modeling started early for Gisele Bundchen, although in many ways accidentally. At the age of twelve Gisele’s mother encouraged her and two of her sisters to take a modeling course in their home town, believing this would increase their confidence.
In 1993, a then-13-year-old girl joined a modeling course with her sisters Patrícia and Gabriela at her mother’s insistence. The following year, Bundchen went to São Paulo on a school excursion to give them an opportunity to walk in a big city. In a shopping mall, while eating at McDonald’s with her friends, Bundchen was discovered by a modeling agency. She was subsequently selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she placed second — Claudia Menezes, from Bahia, took first place. Bundchen placed fourth in the world contest, held in Ibiza, Spain. In 1996, Bundchen moved to New York City to begin her modeling career, debuting at Fashion Week.
She graced the cover again in November and December of that year. She won the VH1/Vogue Model of the Year for 1999, and a January 2000 cover gave her the rare honor of three consecutive Vogue covers. In 2000, she became the fourth model to appear on the cover of the music magazine Rolling Stone, when she was named “the most beautiful girl in the world.” Bundchen has been on the covers of many top fashion magazines including W, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Allure, international editions of Vogue, as well as style and lifestyle publications such as i-D, The Face, Arena, Citizen K, Flair, GQ, Esquire, and Marie Claire. She has been featured both in the Pirelli Calendar 2001 and 2006 and in broader market publications such as Time, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Newsweek and Veja, more than 500 magazine covers throughout the world.
Bundchen consistently works with acclaimed photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Mert and Marcus, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh, David LaChapelle, Mario Sorrenti, Nino Munoz and Patrick Demarchelier, and with renowned directors such as Jean Baptiste Mondino and Bruno Aveillan.
Naomi Campbell said: “Models need to earn their stripes – I just think the term is used a little too loosely. Kate Moss is obviously a supermodel but, after Gisele, I don’t think there’s been one.”
On August 26, 2008, the New York Daily News, in a list, named Bundchen the fourth-most-powerful person in the fashion world.
On May 12, 2009, The Independent, called her the biggest star in fashion history.
Since her debut, Bundchen has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including several seasons of Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Loewe, Mervyn’s, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Versace, Givenchy, Bvlgari, Lanvin, Guerlain, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Earl Jean, Zara, Chloé, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and Victoria’s Secret. She has appeared in advertisements for Nivea lotion and is the face of several Brazilian brands including Vivo, Multiplan (Shopping Malls), Colcci, Credicard (Citibank) and Volkswagen do Brasil. After C&A Brazil hired Bundchen as a spokesmodel and began airing television commercials, sales increased by 30%.
In May 2006, Bundchen signed another multi-million dollar deal, this time with American giant Apple Inc.. She starred in an advertising campaign to promote the new Macintosh line through the Get a Mac advertisements. Also in 2006, Bundchen became the new face of Swiss luxury watchmaker Ebel.
She has her own line of sandals with footwear company Grendene called Ipanema Gisele Bundchen. Forbes puts her 53rd on their list of the most powerful celebrities of 2007 because of the international success of her shoe line, making the brand Ipanema the most sold Brazilian flip-flop in the world, surpassing the legendary Havaianas. Custom Ipanema flip-flops sell for as much as $230 a pair. She is also the owner of a hotel in the south of Brazil, the Palladium Executive.
On May 1, 2007, it was announced that Bündchen had ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret.
In July 2007, having earned an estimated total of $33 million in the past 12 months, Forbes magazine named her the world’s top-earning model in the list of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.
An American economist named Fred Fuld developed a stock index to measure the profit performance improvement of companies represented by Bundchen compared with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. According to Fuld, the Gisele Bundchen Stock Index was up 15% between May and July 2007, substantially surpassing the Dow Jones Industrial Average which was up just 8.2%.
During 2009-2010 Gisele beacme the top earning supermodel again.
After relationships with actor Leonardo DiCaprio and professional surfer Kelly Slater. Most recently, on the 26th February 2009, Gisele married her boyfriend of three years,Tom Brady, a quarterback in the NFL’s New England Patriots. Tom proposed to Gisele in traditional style, simply bending on one knee and asking Gisele for her hand in marriage, in stark contrast to many Hollywood engagements that seem more about publicity than romance.
Gisele and Tom’s wedding was a small ceremony at Santa Monica Catholic Church with only family and the couple’s closest friends attending. Gisele was dressed from head to toe by Dolce & Gobbana. Tom Brady’s son to a former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was also present, and was carried by Gisele to their waiting car after the ceremony.
Two months later in April 2009 Gisele and Tom re-anacted their wedding for the benefit of friends, team mates and other top models who hadn’t been invited to the closed wedding in California. The second wedding was held at an exclusive boutique hotel on Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula.
On June 19, 2009, People magazine reported that Gisele was pregnant with her first child with Brady, and that the baby was due on December 14. On December 8, 2009, Bundchen gave birth to a boy in Boston, the interesting fact is that she delivered the baby in the bathtub. On December 18, 2009, she posted a message on her website indicating that their new son’s name is Benjamin. So Gisele is a busy mom. Check out the first pictures of baby Benjamin and his parents!
Charitable organizations around the world are dedicated to bettering the lot of their fellow humans by whatever means necessary. Charities often greatly benefit from the media attention when a celebrity is affiliated with their efforts. Gisele Bundchen is one such beauty with a big heart.
Bundchen lends her support and image to a number of charities and humanitarian causes, such as the I am African campaign, in which she painted her face to protest the lack of attention given to Africa’s HIV/AIDS victims. Without receiving payment, Bundchen was, in 2006, the face of American Express Red Card, an initiative launched by U2 front man Bono and Bobby Shriver to send a percentage of monies earned from the financial transactions of this credit card to Africa’s HIV/AIDS victims.
In 2009, she appeared almost simultaneously in more than 20 covers of the international issues of Elle magazines wearing (Product) Red clothing and posing with products from companies who support the same cause. (RED)’s primary objective is to engage the private sector in increasing assistance for the Global Fund, to help defeat AIDS in Africa. Companies whose products take on the mark contribute a percentage of the sales or portion of the profits from that product to the Global Fund to finance AIDS programs in Africa, with special attention on the health of women and children.
Another of the high profile Gisele Bundchen charity activities saw the supermodel design an exclusive and limited edition line of platinum jewelry to raise funds for pediatric cancer patients. The proceeds from sale of the jewelry were used to fund research at a specialist center for pediatric cancer. She has also acted as a spokesperson and campaign model for to raise awareness of breast cancer.
She was, in 2009, one of the celebrities to sign up for the auction fundraiser of celebrities autographed iPods to raise cash for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, organized by Tonic.com., alongside former U.S.A.’s president Bill Clinton, Cher, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ellen DeGeneres and others. The money is for the Music Rising institution which aims to recover and invest in the musical culture of the destroyed areas.
She promotes protecting the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and Amazon Rainforest water sources, donating to this cause a percentage of profits from her line of sandals named Ipanema Gisele Bundchen. Also, Bundchen helps projects such as Nascentes do Brasil, ISA, Y Ikatu Xingu and De Olho nos Mananciais.
Bündchen and Grendene, the company that produces and disseminates her line of sandals, also joined the Florestas do Futuro project for the reforestation of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The project was created by the NGO named SOS Atlantic Forest in 2004. The new forest, named for Gisele Bündchen Sementes, started with 25,500 shoots of 100 different species, enough to revitalize an area of 15 hectares.
In January 2010, Bündchen donated US$1,500,000 to relief efforts for the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
On 20 September, 2009, she was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
It is clear that this is one supermodel that has her feet firmly planted on the ground. She does what she can to make this world a better place for all who live in it.
In 2004, Bundchen entered the film industry, playing the bank robbers’ leader, Vanessa, in the 2004 remake Taxi. In 2006, she played a minor character in The Devil Wears Prada.
As an homage to Bundchen, Brazilian singer and songwriter Gabriel Guerra, along with musician Pedro Cezar, wrote the song Tributo a Gisele (Tribute to Gisele in English),which is currently the theme of the model’s official website. In January 2008, Bundchen met Gabriel Guerra at Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
“The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.”
“I feel like when people judge me they’re not judging me, because they don’t know who I am.”
“If you are happy, you can give happiness. If you don’t love yourself and if you are unhappy with yourself, you can’t give anything else but that.”
“runway, my main goal is to not think about the people watching. The idea of all eyes on me would make me too uncomfortable. As I step on the runway, I take a deep breath, focus on a point in the distance, and go!”
“I think sometimes you have high expectations for people because you have high expectations for yourself.”