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Gisele Bundchen is a famous Brazilian supermodel

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 20, 1980
NationalityBrazilian
FamousFashion Model, Fashion, Models
SpousesLeonardo DiCaprio, Tom Brady
SiblingsGabriela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Graziela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Patricia Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Rafaela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Raquel Nonnenmacher Bündchen
Known asGisele Caroline Bündchen
Childrens Benjamin Brady, Vivian Lake Brady
Birth PlaceTrês de Maio
ReligionCatholicism
Height180cm
GenderFemale
FatherValdir Bündchen
MotherVania Nonnenmacher
Net Worth$360 million as of Feb 6,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inTrês de Maio
Famous asFashion Model

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Who is Gisele Bündchen?

Gisele Bundchen needs no introduction; at least to the fashion aficionados. Regarded as the highest-paid model on the planet, Gisele Bundchen enjoys lucrative revenues from over 20 fashion and personal care brands she endorses, along with her own line of fashion products. Her journey from a 14-year old awkward teenage model to a full-fledged multiplatform business tycoon has often been the talk of the fashion industry. This tall-leggy beauty, with navy-blue eyes and honey-colored hair, rose to international fame when she won a record-breaking contract with the American lingerie retailer, Victoria’s Secret, which helped it grow from an ordinary bra brand to a world-famous lingerie giant. Her appearance on international fashion editorials and magazines and regular catwalks at fashion shows made her the most in-demand supermodel. This first-ever model billionaire is regarded as the most popular fashion export from Brazil and is ranked on Forbes’ list of ‘top-earning models’ for eight consecutive years. Apart from being a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, she also heads the non-profit organization, Rainforest Alliance, involved with biodiversity conservation and sustainability. This Brazilian bombshell has often been in the media for her relationships with high-profile male celebrities.

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Childhood & Early Life

Gisele Bundchen was born on July 20, 1980, in the Brazilian town of Tres de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, to German immigrants Valdir Bundchen, a university teacher, and Vania Nonnenmacher, bank cashier. She was raised in Horizontina.

At 14, she was spotted by an Elite modeling scout in Sao Paulo on a school trip, after which she participated in the ‘Elite Look of the Year’ contest and finished second.

She contested in the ‘Elite Model Look’ world competition, in Ibiza, Spain. She was placed fourth and went to Sao Paulo to pursue a career in modeling.

Career

She traveled to New York in 1996 and debuted on the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Her high-fashion break came in 1997 when she walked for Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1998 ‘Rain’ ready-to-wear show in London, christened as ‘The Body’.

In 1998, she debuted on British Vogue’s cover and became the most sought-after model, bringing an end to Kate Moss’s ‘heroin chic’ era and re-establishing the ‘sexy model’ period.

She shot ad campaigns for fashion labels, such as Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, and Gianfranco Ferre.

In 1999, she graced the cover of French Vogue under the name ‘The Return of the Sexy Model’ and featured on the cover of i-D titled ‘A Girl Called Gisele’.

After Rolling Stone named her ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ in 2000, her career skyrocketed, letting her open shows for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs.

She ventured into acting with the 2004 film ‘Taxi’, directed by Tim Story, playing the leader of a bank robbers’ gang. In 2006, she did a cameo role in the icon fashion film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.

She ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret in 2007, on the pretext of concentrating on other projects and denying rumors of payment disagreements.

She designs jelly sandals for Brazilian shoemaker, Grendene, and runs her own line of lingerie – Gisele Bundchen Intimates, flip-flops – Ipanema Gisele Bundchen, and cosmetic range – Sejaa Pure Skincare.

She has appeared on covers and in editorials of world’s leading fashion magazines including Vogue, Sunday Times Style, i-D, GQ, Elle, Numero, Remix, Marie Claire, Glamour, Vanidades, Woman Arabia, & Vanity Fair.

She is the face of countless high-end fashion brands, like Chanel, Nivea, H&M, Carolina Herrera, David Yurman, Versace, Christian Dior, HOPE, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Ralph Lauren.

Major Works

She became an international sensation when she signed a $25 million contract with the lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret, in 2000 which upgraded her status from a model to a supermodel.

She sported the costliest fantasy bra - ‘Red Hot Fantasy Bra’, costing $15 million, and second most expensive fantasy bra – ‘Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra’, worth $12.5 million, at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, in 2000 and 2005, respectively.

She topped Forbes’ ‘highest-paid models’ list by earning a staggering $47 million in 2014, surpassing Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss by millions of dollars.

By featuring on the covers of over 600 worldwide fashion magazines and style and lifestyle publications, she seconds the late Princess Diana for the largest number of magazine cover appearances in the world.

Awards & Achievements

She was listed at #21 on ‘Hottest Celebrity Bodies’ by E! Television, in 2006.

In 2008, she was ranked as the fourth most powerful person in the fashion world by New York Daily News.

She was rated among the ‘top 26 greatest models of all time’ by Harper’s Bazaar, in 2009.

She was placed among the ‘Top Accomplished Women Entertainers’ by CEOWORLD magazine, in 2011.

In 2011, she was listed at #45 and #95 on the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ by FHM and FHM Australia, respectively.

Men’s Health listed her at number 25 on the ‘100 Hottest Women of All Time’, in 2011.

In 2012, Forbes ranked her at #61 on the ‘Most Powerful Celebrities’ and #4 on ‘World’s Most Powerful Latino Celebrity’.

Time added her on the All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list of ‘100 Most Influential Fashion Icons since 1923’.

In 2014, she was listed at #89 on Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women in the World’ and at #5 on Forbes Brazil’s ‘25 Biggest Celebrities in Brazil’.

Personal Life & Legacy

She started dating Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000. Their high-profile on-and-off relationship ended in 2005, without citing any reasons for the break-up.

In 2006, she met Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, and married him in February 2009, in a twilight ceremony at St. Monica Catholic Church, in Santa Monica.

The couple has two children – son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady (2009) and daughter Vivian Lake Bundchen Brady (2012), apart from Brady’s son, John Edward Thomas, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan.

In 2008, her black-and-white photo, shot by Irving Penn, was auctioned and sold for US$193,000, fetching the highest price among dozens of images exhibited at Christie’s International, New York.

She is the owner of ‘Palladium Executive Flat’ hotel in Rio Grande do Sul, $2 million home in Brentwood, California, land in Trancoso, Brazil, and townhouse in West village.

In 2008, she launched Projeto Agua Limpa (Clean Water Project) – a water conservation and plant recovery effort, in her hometown Horizontina.

This high cheek-boned supermodel became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009.

She is associated with various charities and causes. She has donated largely to Zero Hunger Program, Product Red initiative, Japanese Red Cross Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and ISA – the Socio-environmental Institute.

Trivia

Though her native language is Portuguese, she can speak English, Spanish and Italian fluently, despite being born in Brazil. She is said to have learnt German from hair stylists, French from makeup artists, and English from Italian designers.

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Gisele Bündchen biography timelines

  • // 1923
    Time added her on the All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list of ‘100 Most Influential Fashion Icons since 1923’.
  • // 20th Jul 1980
    Gisele Bundchen was born on July 20, 1980, in the Brazilian town of Tres de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, to German immigrants Valdir Bundchen, a university teacher, and Vania Nonnenmacher, bank cashier. She was raised in Horizontina.
  • // 1996
    She traveled to New York in 1996 and debuted on the runway at New York Fashion Week.
  • // 1997 To 1998
    Her high-fashion break came in 1997 when she walked for Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1998 ‘Rain’ ready-to-wear show in London, christened as ‘The Body’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, she debuted on British Vogue’s cover and became the most sought-after model, bringing an end to Kate Moss’s ‘heroin chic’ era and re-establishing the ‘sexy model’ period.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, she graced the cover of French Vogue under the name ‘The Return of the Sexy Model’ and featured on the cover of i-D titled ‘A Girl Called Gisele’.
  • // 2000
    After Rolling Stone named her ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ in 2000, her career skyrocketed, letting her open shows for Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs.
  • // 2000
    She became an international sensation when she signed a $25 million contract with the lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret, in 2000 which upgraded her status from a model to a supermodel.
  • // 2000 To 2005
    She sported the costliest fantasy bra - ‘Red Hot Fantasy Bra’, costing $15 million, and second most expensive fantasy bra – ‘Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra’, worth $12.5 million, at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, in 2000 and 2005, respectively.
  • // 2000 To 2005
    She started dating Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio in 2000. Their high-profile on-and-off relationship ended in 2005, without citing any reasons for the break-up.
  • // 2004 To 2006
    She ventured into acting with the 2004 film ‘Taxi’, directed by Tim Story, playing the leader of a bank robbers’ gang. In 2006, she did a cameo role in the icon fashion film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.
  • // 2006
    She was listed at #21 on ‘Hottest Celebrity Bodies’ by E! Television, in 2006.
  • // 2006 To Feb 2009
    In 2006, she met Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, and married him in February 2009, in a twilight ceremony at St. Monica Catholic Church, in Santa Monica.
  • // 2007
    She ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret in 2007, on the pretext of concentrating on other projects and denying rumors of payment disagreements.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she was ranked as the fourth most powerful person in the fashion world by New York Daily News.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, her black-and-white photo, shot by Irving Penn, was auctioned and sold for US$193,000, fetching the highest price among dozens of images exhibited at Christie’s International, New York.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she launched Projeto Agua Limpa (Clean Water Project) – a water conservation and plant recovery effort, in her hometown Horizontina.
  • // 2009
    She was rated among the ‘top 26 greatest models of all time’ by Harper’s Bazaar, in 2009.
  • // 2009 To 2012
    The couple has two children – son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady (2009) and daughter Vivian Lake Bundchen Brady (2012), apart from Brady’s son, John Edward Thomas, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan.
  • // 2009
    This high cheek-boned supermodel became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009.
  • // 2011
    She was placed among the ‘Top Accomplished Women Entertainers’ by CEOWORLD magazine, in 2011.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she was listed at #45 and #95 on the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ by FHM and FHM Australia, respectively.
  • // 2011
    Men’s Health listed her at number 25 on the ‘100 Hottest Women of All Time’, in 2011.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Forbes ranked her at #61 on the ‘Most Powerful Celebrities’ and #4 on ‘World’s Most Powerful Latino Celebrity’.
  • // 2014
    She topped Forbes’ ‘highest-paid models’ list by earning a staggering $47 million in 2014, surpassing Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss by millions of dollars.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she was listed at #89 on Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful Women in the World’ and at #5 on Forbes Brazil’s ‘25 Biggest Celebrities in Brazil’.

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  • What is Gisele Bündchen birthday?

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    Gisele Bündchen was born in Três de Maio

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  • Who is Gisele Bündchen spouses?

    Gisele Bündchen's spouses is Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Brady

  • Who is Gisele Bündchen siblings?

    Gisele Bündchen's siblings is Gabriela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Graziela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Patricia Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Rafaela Nonnenmacher Bündchen, Raquel Nonnenmacher Bündchen

  • Who is Gisele Bündchen childrens?

    Gisele Bündchen's childrens is Benjamin Brady, Vivian Lake Brady

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    Gisele Bündchen's religion is Catholicism

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    Gisele Bündchen's height is 180

  • Who is Gisele Bündchen's father?

    Gisele Bündchen's father is Valdir Bündchen

  • Who is Gisele Bündchen's mother?

    Gisele Bündchen's mother is Vania Nonnenmacher

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