Giselle Bündchen retires! Supermodel Gisele Bündchen walked the runway for the final time in her career last week. Her career as the highest paid supermodel in the world spanned 20 years. Getting her breakthrough at just 14 years old, Brazilian-born Bündchen has since walked for and been the face of brands such as Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Christian Dior. She ended her runway career with a final show in São Paulo, Brazil, for Colcci during the Sao Paolo Fashion Week. The supermodel said that although she was retiring from the runway, she would not be retiring from the fashion industry altogether.
Her career began with a bang as she was one of the very few models who was able to walk on Alexander McQueen’s slippery “rain” campaign runway in very high heels in 1998. McQueen then named her “the body”, a title previously given to the great Elle Macpherson. This meant that her popularity sky-rocketed, and in the same year she became the face of the British Vogue. Since then, she has been a favourite of the magazine, featuring on its cover 14 times, even on the first issue of the millenium!
Gisele Bündchen was named “the world’s most beautiful girl” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2000. She soon signed a contract with Victoria’s Secret, which cemented her position as the world’s top model. She wore the most expensive lingerie ever made for one of the shows, which was worth $15 million.
Bündchen starred in 2004’s Taxi and also had a role in The Devil Wears Prada. She was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2007, and was among Harper’s Bazaar’s 26 greatest models of all time. Additionally, she is ranked first on models.com on the list of “Money Girls” and second on the list of sexiest models. She has appeared on over 600 magazine covers, which is a record that is beaten only by Princess Diana. 120 of these covers belong to Vogue, and she also holds the record for having the most covers of Brazilian Vogue.
Like her career, Gisele Bündchen’s work for the community also spans far and wide. She has done much charity work, including donating $150,000 to the Zero Hunger program of Brazil. She has also helped to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as donating $1 million to the Japanese Red Cross after the earthquake of 2011. Bündchen is recognised by Forbes as one of the most generous celebrities and is part of The Giving Back Funds list of celebrities who have made the biggest donations to charity. In Septemeber 2009 she was made the United Nations’ Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, and joined the board of directors for the Rainforest Alliance in 2014.
Images Source: United Nations, International Business Times, InStyle, Carolyn Collado, Huffington Post and CNN.