Gisele Bundchen, is Best Known For being Worldo highest paid model in the world, according to a survey by Forbes magazine in the year 2012. She earned $45 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Since 2004 she has been among the highest-paid models in the world, and as of 2007 was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry. She is the wife of New England Patriots Tom Brady.
Born Name Gisele Caroline Bundchen
Nick Name Gise, The Body, The Midas Queen, The Hurricane Gisele, La Bundchen
Age: July 20, 1980, 39 years and 4 months, Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Sun Sign Cancer
Occupation Fashion / Runway Model and occasional actress
Years active 1997–present
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Light Brown
Height: 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm
Measurements: 35-23-35 in or 89-58.5-89 cm
Bra Size: 32C
Agency IMG Models (New York, London, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles)
Model Management (Hamburg)
Nick Name Gise, The Body, The Midas Queen, The Hurricane Gisele, La Bundchen
Like other Brazilian models, she also didn’t paid much attention to study. She just learnt German language but has not kept up with. Instead in 1993 (when she was 13), she joined a modeling course with 2 of her sisters. Like Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen was discovered in a shopping mall. But, Gisele was discovered by Elite Modeling Agency. From there, her modeling career started and went rapidly.
Father – Valdir Bundchen (University Teacher and Writer)
Mother – Vânia Nonnenmacher (Bank Clerk Pensioner)
Siblings – Raquel (Sister), Graziela (Sister), Gabriela (Sister), Rafaela (Sister), Patrícia (Younger Fraternal Twin Sister)
In the late 1990s, Bundchen was the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find international success. In 1999, Vogue noted The Return of the Sexy Model, and she was credited with ending the heroin chic era of modeling. Bundchen was one of the Victoria Secret Angels from 2000 until mid-2007. Bundchen pioneered the horse walk, a stomping movement created when a model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front. In a 2007 Vogue interview, Claudia Schiffer stated that Bundchen is the only remaining supermodel.
Gisele Bundchen ventured into acting when she played a supporting role in Taxi (2004), for which she was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Breakout Performance, and for Choice Movie Bad Guy. Bundchen had a supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and from 2010 to 2011, she was the executive producer of an educational environmental cartoon, Gisele and the Green Team.
Gisele Bundchen married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009. She supports many charities including Save the Children, Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, as well as dedicating time to environmental causes. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.
Family and early life
Gisele Bundchen is a sixth-generation Brazilian of German descent, born and raised in Horizontina or in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil, to Vânia Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner, and Valdir Bundchen, a college professor and writer, both of German extraction. She grew up with five sisters—Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela and her fraternal twin, Patrícia, her junior by five minutes. In addition to Portuguese, Gisele speaks English, Italian, Spanish and some French.
In 1993, Gisele Bundchen joined a modeling course with her sisters Patrícia and Gabriela at their mother insistence. The following year, Bundchen was discovered by the Elite modeling agency at a shopping mall in São Paulo while on a school excursion. She was subsequently selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she placed second. Bundchen placed fourth in the Elite Model Look world contest in Ibiza, Spain. At 14, Bundchen moved to São Paulo to launch her modeling career. In 1996, Bundchen had her first New York City break at Fashion Week.
1997–2000: Career beginnings
Gisele Bundchen travelled to London in 1997, where she auditioned for 42 shows. She got her big break when chosen for her ability to walk in towering heels on a slippery runway for Alexander McQueen spring 1998 rain ready-to-wear show. Echoing similar accolades for Elle Macpherson a decade earlier, McQueen dubbed Bundchen the Body, immediately boosting her bookings. In 1998, she posed for Missoni, Chloe, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferre, Ralph Lauren, and Versace campaigns. She made the cover of the French edition of Vogue, and fashion magazine i-D featured her on its cover, profiling A Girl Called Gisele. The Vogue online encyclopedia of models states, As the year 2000 approached, Gisele Bundchen was the world hottest model, opening up a new category in the popular imagination: the Brazilian bombshell.
She appeared on the cover of Vogue in July, November and December 1999. She won the VH1/Vogue Model of the Year for 1999, and a January 2000 cover gave her 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 appeared on the covers of many top fashion magazines, including W, Harper Bazaar, Elle, Allure, as well as style and lifestyle publications such as The Face, Arena, Citizen K, Flair, GQ, Esquire, and Marie Claire, and in the Pirelli Calendar in 2001 and 2006. She has also been seen in TIME, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Newsweek, and Veja. Bundchen has appeared on more than 1,200 magazine covers throughout the world. She simultaneously featured on the covers of both the US and British editions of Vogue in January 2000.
Gisele is currently shooting five massive advertising campaigns, starring on the cover of W, and playing the muse to t/bersnappers Steven Meisel and Mario Testino. In short, Gisele is huge.
Gisele Bundchen appeared on the book covers of Mario de Janeiro by Mario Testino and a Russell James retrospective. Also that year Time said she was one of the few runway models whom straight men can name. For spring 2000 fashion week she opened Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Dolce and Gabbana, Christian Dior, and Valentino shows in New York, Milan and Paris. From 1998–2003, Bundchen was in every Dolce and Gabbana fashion campaign, totaling 11 consecutive campaigns with the brand. In 2006–2009, she returned as the face of the brand fragrance, in a campaign titled Dolce and Gabbana The One.
In 2000, Gisele Bundchen wore the most expensive Victoria Secret Fantasy bra of all time, the Red Hot Fantasy Bra, worth $15 million and listed in Guinness World Records as the most expensive lingerie ever created. In February 2001, her Got Milk? ad campaign debuted in the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the Models of the Moment. In 2004, Bundchen co-starred with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in the 2004 remake of Taxi. In 2005, she was chosen to wear the Victoria Secret Fantasy Bra again, the Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra. At the time, it was the second-most expensive bra ever made, valued at $12.5 million. In its December 2005 issue, New York magazine list Bundchen as No. 43 in its list of 123 reasons to love New York City.
In 2006, she played Serena, a minor character in The Devil Wears Prada. In February 2007, Bundchen returned to the Milan runway by opening the Dolce and Gabbana show. She was chosen by Time magazine in 2007 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In September 2007, Bundchen was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair style issue, photographed by Mario Testino. The issue was one of the bestsellers that year.
2009–2011: Continued success
On 26 August 2008, the New York Daily News listed Bundchen as the fourth-most-powerful person in the fashion world. On 12 May 2009, The Independent called her the biggest star in fashion history. When she reappeared on the Vanity Fair cover in 2009, the issue was the lowest-selling for the magazine in nearly two years. In 2009 Harper Bazaar rated her among the top 26 greatest models of all time. In December 2009 she appeared alongside her husband Tom Brady on the cover of book The World in Vogue—People, Parties, Places.
In 2010, she made Vogue best-dressed-of-the-decade list for her 2008 and 2009 Met gala appearances, as well as for her bikini-clad, logo-tattooed appearance in a 2000 fashion editorial. In April 2010, she was photographed for the cover of American Vogue for the eleventh time. In September 2010, she led a group of top models for Vogue Fashion Night Out runway show at the Lincoln Center in New York. She then made a surprise appearance on Balenciaga runway, closing the show.
In 2011 she participated and represented Pantene in the Brazilian Rio Carnival 2011 parade.
She ranks first on models.com the Money Girls list and second on The Sexiest Models list. In 2011 CEOWorld Magazine ranked her among their Top Accomplished Women Entertainers. She was ranked number 95 in FHM magazine 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011. In 2007, Bundchen was named The World Richest Supermodel. On 11 April 2008, a black-and-white photo of Bundchen shot by Irving Penn was auctioned for $193,000 (£96,000). The picture was one of dozens from the collection of Gert Elfering that were sold at Christie International in New York. Bundchen picture sold for the highest price.
As of 2010, Gisele Bundchen has appeared on two Vogue Shape issue covers, more than any other celebrity or model.She ranked No. 45 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World. In 2011, Men Health named her one of the 100 Hottest Women of All Time, ranking her at No. 25. In October 2011, Bundchen made a surprise runway appearance during Paris Fashion Week, closing the Givenchy spring-summer 2012 fashion show.
In 2011, she participated and represented Pantene in the Brazilian Rio Carnival 2011 parade. In 2011, she appeared on eight Vogue covers, more than any other model or celebrity that year. Her July Vogue Brasil 2011 cover shot in the Amazon was the magazine highest-selling issue ever, selling 70,743 copies. The record was later broken by model Karolína Kurková, who appeared in the November 2011 issue, which sold 70,991 copies.
Since 2012: Modelling campaigns and music endeavours
In spring 2012 Gisele Bundchen won three major spring campaigns: Versace, Givenchy, and Salvatore Ferragamo. In early 2012, it was announced that she would be the face of Banco do Brasil first global ad campaign, with the tagline Bank of Brazil. From Brazil to the world. From the world to Brazil. In April 2012, Time listed her on their All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list of the 100 most influential fashion icons since 1923. In August 2012, in honor of the 120th anniversary of Vogue, the magazine spotlighted the ten women who had most featured on the cover of the magazine, Bundchen being on the list with 11 covers total. As of 2011, there had been 29 persons to have appeared on the covers of Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, American Vogue and British Vogue; Bundchen being one of them.
In 2012, she declined an invitation of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, the COB, to participate in the closing show alongside other national stars such as Marisa Monte and Seu Jorge.
In 2012, she made 5,600 appearances in commercials in her native Brazil. In August 2012, it was reported that she had replaced Kate Moss as the face of David Yurman. She was shot by famous photographer Peter Lindbergh for the fall 2012 campaign. As of the end of 2012, she had appeared on 120 Vogue covers. She also holds the record for the most Brazilian Vogue covers of all time.
In February 2013, it was announced that she had become the face of Chanel new make-up range, Les Beiges, a campaign which was shot by Mario Testino. This was her first time as a spokesperson of the brand. For the brand spring/summer 2014 campaign, Marc Jacobs chose Bundchen along with Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell as his muses for his last collection for Louis Vuitton.In December 2013, Bundchen was announced as Pantene North America newest ambassador.
In 2014, Gisele Bundchen and French music producer and DJ Bob Sinclar recorded a cover version of Blondie 1979 classic Heart of Glass for H M. She was credited by her mononym Gisele. The new version turned out to be an international hit charting in a great number of European singles charts including France, Germany, Spain, Austria and Belgium. The song was Bundchen charity single for the H M 2014 campaign. A year earlier, she released a cover version of the Kinks All Day and All of the Night as her contribution to H M 2013 charity campaign.
In May 2014, Gisele Bundchen was chosen as the new spokeswoman for the iconic fragrance Chanel No. 5. She was chosen for her natural beauty and modern femininity, according to the company. By June, Bundchen had appeared on 17 different international editions of Elle over the preceding three months, including the Caqnadian, Brazilian, German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese editions. In September 2014, the Baltimore-based company Under Armour signed Bundchen to a multiyear deal as the latest addition to its list of female endorsers. In October 2014, Bundchen stated that she practices Transcendental Meditation. By the end of 2014, Bundchen appeared in 6,013 television commercial spots in the course of one year in Brazil. More than any other Brazilian celebrity, even outranking Neymar who made 5,625 TV commercial spots.
Gisele Bundchen was featured in the 2015 Guinness World Record book as the model who earns the most money each year.
Gisele Bundchen $700 Taschen book released in celebration of her 20th year career sold out in one day, before hitting shelves.
In 2015, Gisele Bundchen again was the Brazilian celeb who appeared on the most TV commercials in Brazil, with 8527 commercial spots for brands such as; (Carolina Herrera, Colcci, P and G and Sky).
As of 2015, in 20 years Bundchen has appeared in more than 550 ad campaigns, 2000 magazine covers, 3500 magazine editorials and 800 fashion shows.
Coming out of retirement, her latest catwalk was performed on 5 August 2016 at the famed Maracanã Stadium at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
In September 2000, Newsweek drew attention to a craze for modeling in Brazil because of Bundchen success:
Capricho, a glossy teen magazine, recently asked 1,100 Brazilian teenagers if they wanted to become fashion models. Eighty-six percent said yes. The reason for this craze stands 1.77 meters tall and has smoldering blue eyes. Her name is Gisele Bundchen—known to all as Gisele—and she is the most celebrated Brazilian since Pele. First introduced by designer Alexander McQueen two years ago, Gisele, now 20, is the world top cover girl, taking to more than 1,600 catwalks and earning a reported $7,000 an hour. When she struts her trademark runway walk—sassy and high-stepping, like a filly in tall grass—hearts beat faster from Milan to Manhattan. She has become an international icon: Vogue put the Brazilian bombshell on its cover three times last year and in December crowned her Model of the Year.
Gisele Bundchen pioneered the horse walk, a stomping movement created when a model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front.
As of 2014, she is listed by Forbes as the 89th most powerful woman in the world.
Gisele Bundchen is the No. 2 biggest Brazilian celebrity of 2015 according to Forbes Brasil, based on media presence and overall influence in Brazil.
In 2000, Bundchen was dubbed the Boobs from Brazil for inspiring the 36,000 breast enhancement surgeries performed that year in Brazil. In 2006, Elle surveyed the American leading stylists and asked them to name the star whose hair was a favourite for their clients. More than 50 percent gave Bundchen the title of best hair in Hollywood. In February 2008, a survey by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) asked the question, What influences do celebrities have on the decisions patients make The survey was sent to more than 20,000 plastic surgeons in 84 countries. Bundchen was among the most frequently mentioned celebrities. Bundchen won the abdomen and hair categories and placed second in the breasts category. In 2008, a black-and-white photo of Bundchen, shot by Irving Penn, auctioned for $193,000 (£96,000). Bundchen fetched by far the most on the night.
She was second on Vanity Fair World Most Beautiful poll in 2009. In January 2011, Bundchen came in first in the most desired female body on the 14th Annual Famed Hottest Looks survey, compiled by Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Richard Fleming and Toby Mayer. Even after giving birth in December 2009, her body was the most requested by the doctors’ patients. Different body types are represented on the list because most women are shaped differently and want to look naturally beautiful, explained Dr. Fleming. Some women want the lean look like Gisele.
In 2011, AskMen.com revealed their annual Most Desirable Women list. Bundchen, along with Angelina Jolie and Beyonce, are the only women to have made the list every year for 10 years in a row. Beyonce in a 2011 Harper Bazaar interview named Bundchen as one of her fashion inspirations stating that I always admire Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bundchen. Their style is modern but always classic. A designer from the Tibi Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show at New York Fashion week in fall 2011 explained, The inspiration is taken heavily from the ’90s—a freshly scrubbed Gisele from the pages of Vogue—clean, crisp, sporty looks and relaxed styles you want to live in. Vogue editor Anna Wintour called her the model of the millennium, and the magazine called her The return of the sexy model. Rolling Stone declared her The Most Beautiful Girl in the World in 2000 and Vanity Fair published an article titled … And God Created Gisele in 2009. In 2012, the 26th edition of Casa Cor in Brazil, one of the world´s biggest decorating, landscaping, and architecture events, paid tribute to Bundchen with a wood sculpture in her image.
She was ranked No. 9 on Men Health Magazine list of The Hottest Women of 2013. In 2013 GQ Magazine listed her among The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century.
Gisele Bundchen is ranked No. 4, behind Pele, Paulo Coelho and Neymar, on Forbes Brasil list of the 100 most influential Brazilian celebrities.
In May 2014, Bundchen was ranked No. 89 on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in the world list from the success of her various brands. She was the only model on the list.
In November 2014, Bundchen was ranked No. 5 by Forbes Brasil, as the 25 biggest celebrities in Brasil in 2014.
After Super Bowl 49, Rails LA shirt Bundchen wore sold out in two days and Stuart Weitzman boots she wore saw an increase in sales.
Based on media presence and overall influence, Bundchen ranked No. 2 biggest Brazilian celeb in 2015, according to Forbes Brasil.
In November 2002, Bundchen was paid a reported £320,000 and given two black mink coats by American fur company Blackglama to head its new advertising campaign. Activists from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), invaded the runway during the Victoria Secrets show in New York and brandished placards saying Gisele: fur scum. The Brazilian was one of the most prominent models to wear fur since it began to come back into acceptability in fashion circles. A PETA spokesperson said: By getting into bed with the fur-pushers, Gisele has become PETA enemy number one. Every time that Gisele or anyone else wears furs they are sentencing countless animals to a violent and cruel death.
In August 2010, she was criticized after saying that breastfeeding should be law. She told Harper Bazaar UK, Some people in the U.S. think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think ‘Are you going to give chemical food to your child when they are so little?’ I think there should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months. Bundchen later posted a statement on her blog saying, My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passionate beliefs about children. Being a new mom has brought a lot of questions. I feel like I am in a constant search for answers on what might be the best for my child. It unfortunate that in an interview sometimes things can seem so black and white.
In February 2011, she infuriated cancer experts when she said of sunscreen: I cannot put this poison on my skin…I do not use anything synthetic. The statement was made as she launched her own organic skin care line Sejaa. Bundchen has made advertising for Nivea Sun in the past. Bundchen publicist Amber Clapp added, telling StyleList: Gisele would never say not to use sunscreen because she has had family members who have had skin cancer. She simply stated that her all-natural skin-care line does not have SPF because there is not an all natural SPF available….When using sunscreens, she selects ones that are free of parabens, oxybenzone, PABA and retinyl palmitate.
In April 2011, Ted Southern, former designer of Victoria Secret Angels’ wings, revealed that Gisele was difficult to work with; She really tough, he said. She always screaming, ‘What the f–k is this?’
In September 2011, a lingerie TV ad starring Bundchen in Brazil, was deemed offensive and sexist by the Brazilian government department for policies for women, which called for the ad to be banned, saying in a statement that the campaign reinforce the wrong stereotypes of the woman as a husband mere sex object and ignore the great advances we’ve achieved in deconstructing sexist thoughts and practices. The secretariat petitioned the National Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (known by its Portuguese acronym CONAR), to open an investigation into whether the campaign was sexist, and CONAR accepted the request. In the ads, titled Hope teaches, the model gives her husband bad news such as honey, I’ve crashed the car or honey, I’ve reached the credit card limit … both mine and yours – first fully dressed (which they teach viewers is wrong), then wearing tiny lingerie (which, according to Hope, is right). Women were taught to use their charm and sexy lingerie to control their husbands in the ads.
In February 2012, after the Patriots lost in Super Bowl XLVI and Bundchen was heckled by several New York Giants fans, she was caught on video saying, My husband cannot fucking throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time! The comment, which was widely publicized both in the traditional media and the blogosphere, caused a media stir.
In November 2012, Bundchen was criticized by doctors and mothers after making a post in her website claiming that hospital birth is violence against women and babies. The post was quickly removed from her website.
In January 2014, the model was criticized after being photographed in Costa Rica riding an ATV while carrying her 13-month-old daughter Vivian in one arm and without helmet. She was slammed for what many called dangerous behavior. People were outraged that she would disregard the safety of her child by taking her on an ATV ride. This was the second time Bundchen was caught with her baby daughter on an ATV. On 13 March 2013, when Vivian was just 3 months old, she was photographed doing the same thing. Bundchen was not wearing a helmet in either incident, and it is illegal in Costa Rica to ride an ATV on public land without one.
In July 2015, Bundchen was accused of mocking Islam and faced backlash after being photographed wearing a burqa while visiting a plastic surgery clinic in Paris.
After CandA Brazil hired Bundchen as a spokesmodel and began airing television commercials, sales increased by 30 per cent. In 2012 The Hollywood Reporter stated Bundchen became CandA biggest booster in Brazil and even helped with European sales. In 2001, Bundchen launched Ipanema Gisele Bundchen, her own line of flip-flop sandals in association with the official Ipanema brand of flip-flops. In three years, sales topped $30 million, with a portion of proceeds going to green causes. Forbes put her 53rd on their 2007 list of the most powerful celebrities. Ipanema Gisele Bundchen made an estimated £152 million with over 250 million pairs sold in 2010. Bundchen told Vitals magazine in 2005 that she has been involved in business and investing in real estate since she was 18 years old. She has said modeling is only 40 per cent of what she does, the rest being contracting.
On 1 May 2007, it was announced that Bundchen had ended her contract with Victoria Secret. According to a stock market analysis in 2007, when Bundchen terminated her agreement with Victoria Secret, which is owned by Limited Brands, Limited was selling for $26.80 per share. Soon thereafter, the stock declined to $18.36 per share, a 31.5% drop.
American economist 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 per cent between May and July 2007, substantially surpassing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up just 8.2%.
In 2010, Gisele Bundchen introduced her own skin care product line, named Sejaa Pure Skincare, which according to Forbes had been in talks with Shiseido for over a year on an acquisition deal. In early 2011, Procter and Gamble Pantene shampoo sales increased 40 per cent in Latin America after Bundchen started representing the product. Edward Razek, chief marketing officer of Limited Brands, who worked with Bundchen during her Victoria Secret career says, She an international icon who can also move product, from shampoo to couture.
The lingerie brand HOPE increased turnover by 40 percent after contracting Bundchen as its representative. According to Grazia daily UK in January 2012, her lingerie label Gisele Bundchen Brazilian Intimates, has already proved to be a sell out in Latin America, Portugal, Japan, and Israel.
In February 2012, the website Vogue.it stated the Brazilian model is the King Midas of fashion. Everything she touches turns to gold and companies that have invested in her have reaped the rewards. An Esprit public awareness campaign featuring Bundchen helped raise consumer awareness of the Esprit brand, with a 9 percent rise in Germany, and a 19 percent rise in China. She was ranked No. 61 on Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities list in 2012.
In May 2012 she was ranked fourth on the World Most Powerful Latino Celebrity list by Forbes.
In 2013 she ranked No. 5 on the most successful Brazilian Business Women list. The products that bear her name in Brazil include Grendene Ipanema sandals. She has her own lingerie line called Gisele Bundchen Intimates. She still collects big fees to lend her image for the likes of Chanel, David Yurman and PandG.
The brand of products for teeth Oral B Brasil grew considerably since hiring Bundchen. She earns $4 million a year from her Procter and Gamble contract.
Bundchen jelly sandals Ipanema by Gisele Bundchen sell as much as 25 million pairs annually and accounted for more than 60% of Grendeneo annual exports of about $250 million in 2013.
In February 2014, it was documented that the Gisele Bundchen stock index was still outperforming the Dow industrial average, up by 93%.
In May 2015, Brazilian magazine Istoe Gente reported that Bundchen line of INtimates, Gisele Bundchen INtimates has been lucrative. As of May 2015 especially in e-commerce, it was recorded to have an increase of 181% in one year. We went from 30,000 visitors per month to 100,000, says Vanda Dias, e-commerce manager for Hope, which manages the top brand.
In 2016, Bundchen signed with Braziian shoe company Arezzo. According to fashion website glamurama, Bundchen made shares of Arezzo go up on the São Paulo Stock Exchange.
In 2016, CEO of Under Armour Kevin Plank mentioned that the company women brand was the number one selling category with ecommerce, and that growing more rapidly than either men or the youth category. A large part of this growth was by using what Plank called personalities — namely star ballerina Misty Copeland and Bundchen.
Bundchen donated $150,000 to Brazil Zero Hunger program. She designed a limited necklace edition for Harper Bazaar, crafted by jewelers Gumuchian Fils. These necklaces were sold to raise money for St. Jude Children Research Hospital. She contributed an autographed iPod loaded with a personal playlist to be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting Music Rising, a campaign founded in 2005 to replace lost or destroyed instruments of musicians in the Gulf Coast Region after hurricane disasters.
In 2006, Bundchen became the face of American Express Red, part of the Product Red initiative. A portion of earnings from this credit card are donated to HIV/AIDS victims in Africa. In 2009, she appeared on 30 covers of the international issues of Elle wearing Product Red clothing and posing with products from companies who support the same cause.
She has helped raise money for cancer research and treatment, victims of Hurricane Katrina, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami for which she donated a check for $1 million to the earthquake fund created by the Japanese Red Cross Society sending $250,000 to the Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children and another $250,000 to a Japanese Red Cross earthquake fund.
Gisele Bundchen opened The Luz Foundation in 2007, a grant-making organization advocating the empowerment of young girls. She donates a percentage of her earnings to help with their projects.
In 2008 Bundchen auctioned a collection of diamonds for charity. The collection featured a 6-carat diamond ring worth $120,000 – $150,000, and a 3.35-carat Sabbadini diamond ring worth $15,000 – $20,000. A percentage of the proceeds from the auction went to Russell Simmons’ Diamond Empowerment Fund, whose mission is to raise money to support education initiatives in countries where diamonds are a natural resource.
In 2010 she wrote a $1.5 million check to the Red Cross to aid the relief effort in Haiti after seeing the devastation done by the earthquake.
Gisele Bundchen made a surprise visit to patients at Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.[ In 2011, Bundchen was added to The Giving Back Fund list of celebs who made the largest donations to charity.
In June 2012, she helped launch a beauty contest in Brazil, Top Kufa Brazil, to find new faces in Brazilian favelas. This was the first national competition of beauty played exclusively by candidates between 18 and 22 years who live in underserved communities, created by the Central Union of Slums and Pantene, the brand which Bundchen is the face of.
Bundchen ranked No. 15 on Forbes 30 most generous celebrities list in 2012.
On 26 December 2013, Bundchen surprised Karina Moreira, a local Boston teen at her home, who is battling bone cancer. Before then, they had met once, two years ago at a Dana Farber event. Moreira and Bundchen talked about fashion and shared makeup tips.
As of April 2014, Bundchen is one of 22 designers to design a collection for the charity Born Free Africa, an exclusive collaboration from Shopbop, Vogue, and 22 designers. 100% of the profits from this women and children collection will go toward Born Free mission to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth.
Gisele Bundchen dedicates part of her website to environmental issues. She launched a green blog in 2008 with the aim of reflecting on socio-environmental issues that we can do something about. In May 2009, she co-hosted the Rainforest Alliance annual gala to honor leaders in sustainability.
Bundchen has also supported a variety of environmental causes, including clean water initiatives, environmental sustainability, and preservation of South American rainforests.
In 2007 she took part in eBay Giving Works, eBay program dedicated to charity listings online auction for the WWF, with 100% of the proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund global conservation initiatives, especially those involved in the fight against climate change.
In 2008 she appeared on the cover of US magazine American Photo to promote her Forests of the Future project for the reforestation of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The initiative, which was set up with SOS Mata Atlantica in 2004, has planted over 1 million new trees in Bundchen name to start reforestation of the Brazilian rainforests.
In May 2011 Bundchen was named Harvard 2011 Global Environmental Citizen in recognition of her eco-efforts. In November 2011, she was awarded Greenest Celebrity at the 2011 International Green awards at the National History Museum of London. Each year the Green Awards honors a celebrity who has been the most creative and innovative in the approach of sustainability of the environment. An online public vote took place and Bundchen was the winner, beating Paul McCartney and Miguel Bose. In 2016, she joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of its celebrity correspondents.
In 2008 Bundchen and Brady dished out turkey and all the trimmings unannounced to over 400 job trainees in Roxbury Massachusetts for Goodwill Industries International.
On 20 September 2009, she was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In January 2012, Bundchen made her first official visit to Africa as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. Bundchen chooses a different charity each year to which proceeds of sales from her sandals are donated. The 2011 donation went to ISA – the Socio-environmental Institute.
In January 2012, Bundchen visited Kenya on a goodwill mission to improve energy poverty. She spent a day with a family in a village in Kisumu County and helped them with tasks such as carrying firewood to their hut – while discussing the dangers of using firewood inside homes that do not have energy. She danced with the locals and visited various homes, as well as teaming up with UK NGO Practical Action during the course of her stay. In April 2012 she donated money for AIDS research. On the eve of World Environment Day 4 June 2012, Bundchen, who is Goodwill Ambassador of the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), went to Rio de Janeiro to plant the first of a series of 50,000 trees in a degraded area.
In January 2014, Bundchen joined the Rainforest Alliance board of directors.
From 1998 to 1999, Gisele Bundchen dated American model Scott Barnhill. In 2000, she had a brief relationship with American actor Josh Hartnett. From 2000 to 2005, Bundchen was in a relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2004, Bundchen and DiCaprio made People annual Most Beautiful Couples List. Bundchen dated Brazilian businessman and polo player Rico Mansur for six months between 2002 and 2003, after Bundchen and DiCaprio broke up for the first time. In 2006, she dated American surfer Kelly Slater.
Bundchen began dating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in December 2006. In 2009, Brady revealed they had been set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. Bundchen and Brady married on 26 February 2009 in a small Catholic ceremony at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California. In April 2009, the couple held a second marriage ceremony, in Costa Rica. Bundchen and Brady have two children, a son born in 2009 and a daughter born in 2012. In 2010, Bundchen told Harper Bazaar how important breastfeeding is for her. Bundchen and her family eat primarily a plant-based diet.
Bundchen and Brady Los Angeles home uses solar energy, a gray water system, lighting systems that reduce energy consumption, a rainwater recovery system, and waste reduction and recycling programs. The house uses recovered stone, wood, insulation, household appliances with a green seal and other sustainable products, and 80% of the construction waste was reused or recycled. Subsequently, the family bought a $14 million condominium at One Madison in Manhattan in October 2013. They are building another mansion near Boston.
Forbes estimated Bundchen 2016 income at $30.5 million.
In August 2011, Bundchen ranked 60th on the Forbes list of The World 100 Most Powerful Women. She ranked third on The 20 Youngest Power Women of 2011 List at age 31. In 2011 Forbes named Bundchen and Brady as the World Highest Paid Celebrity couple, beating Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as well as Beyonce and Jay-Z. In August 2012 she was one of four people in the fashion industry and the only model to be ranked on the Forbes list of The World Most Powerful Women at No. 83. She ranked in the top 10 of the Forbes list of Entertainment Highest-Paid Women in 2012, at No. 8.
In July 2007 Forbes named her the world top-earning model. By 2008, she continued to dominate the Forbes list of the world highest-earning models, and appeared on the magazine list of the Top 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. During 2009–2010, she was the top earning supermodel.
In 2010, she retained the top spot as Forbes highest-earning model. In May 2011, Forbes ranked her as the world top-earning model for the fifth consecutive time. Her earnings climbed over the previous year, thanks to an economic boom in Brazil, coupled with a 10 per cent surge in the value of the Brazilian real against the dollar. Also in 2013 she ranked No. 3 on the 16 most successful female entrepreneurs list by Forbes.
Gisele Bundchen, however, disputes the number, telling WSJ. magazine in November 2013, Who are they speaking to when they come up with these numbers? Not my accountant, that for sure.
Option Model Agency – Zurich
Model Management – Hamburg
2pm Model Management – Copenhagen
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Milan
She has German ancestry due to her parents.
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Best Known For
Being Worldo highest paid model in the world, according to a survey by Forbes magazine in the year 2012. She earned $45 million from May 2011 to May 2012.
First Fashion Show
Gisele debuted with Ready to Wear – Spring / Summer 1997 Fashion Show where she walked the ramp for Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, and Giorgio Armani.
2004 American film Taxi (Taxi is a remake of 1998 film of the same name) for her role as Vanessa (the bank robbers’ leader). Bundchen also played a minor role in the 2006 comedy film The Devil wears Prada.
First TV Show
In 1999, Gisele presented the MTV Music Video Awards 1999. Though, she has also appeared in the Late Show with David Letterman (60 minutes comedy and talk show) on 20 November, 2000.
Gisele Bundchen does martial arts, particularly, Tai Chi and Kung Fu. Yao Li is her martial arts guru from Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute. Besides this, she also does her all-time favorite workout – Anusara Yoga.
She is athletic from childhood. She grew up playing volleyball, gymnastics, cycling and other extra curricular activities.
Gisele Bundchen Favorite Things
Favorite Food – Cheeseburger, Meat, Coco Juice
Favorite Eye Product – Dr. Alkaitis Organic Eye Creme, Benefit Miss Popularity (Highlighter), Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper (for Eyelashes)
Favorite Workout – Anusara Yoga
Favorite Hair Product – Kerastaseo Green line
Favorite Lips Product – La Mer Lip Balm
Favorite Beauty Products – Cle De Peau La Creme (to keep the skin hydrated), The Multiple by NARS (to give a peachy and dewy look)
Favorite Perfume – Dolce and Gabbana The One
Favorite People – Lauren Hutton (American Model and Actress)
Gisele Bundchen Facts
Gisele Bundchen is the first Brazilian model to find international success.
In 2000, Gisele was dubbed “Boobs from Brazil” to inspire the 36,000 breast enhancement surgeries performed that year in Brazil.
She has 5 sisters – Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela and Patrícia.
By 2004, Bundchen had become highest paid model in the world, according to a survey by Forbes magazine.
For a minor role in the 2006 film “The Devils wears Prada”, she was given $350,000.
Gisele once said “To be a model is to be half actress. In the reality, I am a normal adolescent.”
Gisele knows and speaks many languages such as Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese (native language).
She has also studied German in school.
She loves horses very much.
After the Brazilian clothing CandA hired Bundchen for TV commercials, their sales increased in between 30-40%.
Bundcheno nude black and white photograph was auctioned for US$1,93,000 on April 11, 2008.
In 2012, Gisele Bundchen placed first on the Forbes top-earning models list.
In 2014, she was listed as the 89th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes.