She's been hailed by ROLLING
STONE Magazine as THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD and confirmed
her status in December 1999 as the most wanted face in fashion, when
she was named VOGUE-VH1's MODEL OF THE YEAR.
Born on the 20th of July, 1980, in Horizontina, Rio Grande do
Sul, Brazil, Gisele Caroline Bundchen grew up closely tied to her five
The arrival of Gisele on the international fashion scene, in
1996, was seen by many in the industry as the beginning of a new move
away from the look-of-the-moment trend of harsh, edgy images into a
softer, sexier phase. Actually, VOGUE credited Gisele's work in the
fashion industry as 'The Return of the Sexy Model'.
The road to becoming today's most requested model came as mere
chance for Gisele. Although Gisele had set her sights on a career as a
professional volleyball player or a veterinarian, she was discovered by
Brazilian model scouts at the age of 14 while eating a hamburger in a
diner during a school trip in Rio de Janiero.
Despite her father's disagreement with her career choice,
Gisele moved to the city. Two years later, she found herself in New
Since her debut, she has been the face of a variety of advertising campaigns including several seasons of Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Missoni, Versace, Celine, Givenchy, Bvlgari, Lanvin, Guerlain, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Earl Jean, Zara, Chloe, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton,
and Victoria's Secret. Bundchen is also the face of several Brazilian
brands like Vivo, Brazil's leading mobile company, Multiplan, Colcci
and Credicard. After C&A Brazil hired her and started their
television commercials, sales increased by 30%.
In May 2006, Bundchen 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. She has her own line of sandals with shoes
company Grendene, called Ipanema Gisele Bundchen. Forbes puts her on
53rd of their list of the most powerful celebrities of 2007 due to the
success of her popular shoe line, Ipanema. 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 Bundchen had ended her
contract with Victoria's Secret. The New York Post's Page Six reported
that Bundchen had left Victoria's Secret because it wouldn't raise her
$5 million-a-year salary.
In July 2007, earning 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.
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countries:) Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire,
Cosmopolitan, i-D, Arena, The Face, Numero, Amica, GQ, Photo, Hola,
Alberta Ferretti, BCBG Max Azria, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Cerruti, Costume National, Ellen Tracy, Genny, Gucci, Helmut Lang, John Galliano, Lawrence Steele, Marni, MaxMara, Mila Schon, Moschino, Randolph Duke, Victor Alfaro, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Anna Molinari, Anna Sui, Antonio Berardi, Blumarine, Byblos, DKNY, Exte, Fendi, Givenchy, Jil Sander, John Bartlett, Luca Luca, Michael Kors, Prada, Rifat Ozbek, Strenesse, Tommy Hilfiger, YSL Rive Gauche, Calvin Klein, Celine, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, D&G, Donna Karan, Fendi, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Luca Luca, Marni, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, TSE, Valentino, Versace, Versus, Yohji Yamamoto, Luella Bartley, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Missoni, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs