Gisele Bundchen is a Brazilian model. She is the highest paid model in the world. She is considered to have a fortune worth of $ 150 million making her the 16th richest women in the world.
She was born on July 20, 1980 to parents Vânia Nonnenmacher and Valdir Bündchen. She wanted to become a professional volley ball player and wanted to play for the Brazilian team. But at the age of 13 at her mother’s insistence she joined a modeling course. The following year while she was on a school trip an ad agency spotted her at a shopping mall.
She then went on to be selected for “Elite Look of the Year” in which she came second. She then went on to compete in the international level and came fourth in the world contest. She began her modeling career once she moved to New York in 1996. She made her debut at the Fashion Week that year in New York.
After three years she appeared in the Vogue cover twice and went on to win the “VH1/Vogue Model of the Year for 1999”. She was named the most beautiful girl in the world in 2000 and became the fourth model to be featured on the cover of a music magazine Rolling Stone. She was the face of many top magazines like W, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Allure, and international editions of Vogue. She went on to be featured in over 500 magazines world over.
She has worked with renowned photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Mert and Marcus, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld to name a few. The Daily News has named her as one of the most powerful person in the fashion world. She has earned a lot of credential like the “biggest star in the fashion history”, “number one Top Model Icon of All Time”, “one of the top three sexiest models” from various sources.
She was part of varieties of advertisement campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret and the like. She also modeled for the Apple Inc. signing a multi-million dollar deal with them. She is also the face of the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ebel.
She owns an internationally acclaimed footwear company “Ipanema Gisele Bündchen”. The brand name “Ipanema” is the most sold Brazilian flip-flop in the world. The success with her company had made her the 53rd person on the list of most powerful celebrities in 2007 as listed by Forbes Magazine. She also owns the hotel “Palladium Executive” in south of Brazil.
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