Gisele Caroline Bündchen was born on July 20, 1980, in
Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. With soft blue eyes,
light brown hair, and beauty unlike any other, Gisele rose across
continents to take the fashion and entertainment world by storm,
becoming the most successful, highest paid model in the world, of
all time. The story of Gisele gives a glimpse as to who the
world’s greatest supermodel of all time really is.
Gisele speaks her native Portuguese, as well as Spanish and English. She comes from a large family. As a child, Gisele wanted to be a professional volleyball player, or a veterinarian, because of her love of the game of volleyball, and her great love of animals. The world has her mother to thank however, for giving us Gisele, for it was her mother, who unlike most moms, insisted she pursue modeling. At 14, Bündchen went to São Paulo on a school field trip, where she was discovered by IMG agency in a shopping mall. Her life would never be the same. While her classmates made fun of her for being tall and skinny, the modeling world of course, felt differently. She was adored.
Gisele was soon selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she won second place. She won fourth in the world contest, held in Ibiza, Spain. In 1996, she moved to New York City to begin her modeling career in the States, debuting at Fashion Week, and landing repeated covers of the biggest fashion magazines in the world. She won the VH1 Vogue Model of the Year for 1999, and she had the rare honor of being the only model to land three Vogue covers in a row. In 2000, she became the fourth model to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, when she was named 'The most beautiful girl in the world.' Wisely, few disagreed.
Gisele then went on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers throughout the world, and working with the brightest and biggest photographers of all time. Many of the biggest fashion and product campaigns soon followed, often worth millions of dollars each. In 2000, she was the star and face of Victoria's Secret, leading their legendary fashion show for seven years straight. Legend after legend in the world of fashion named Gisele as their favorite model and muse. Gisele is also the only woman in the world for whom a stock index was created. It was proven that while the Dow may fall, any company associated with Gisele increases in value.
Never one to follow or conform to stereotypes, Gisele proves that she is not a model with little intelligence. She expanded in to commercial real estate as the owner of a hotel in the south of Brazil, the Palladium Executive. Expanding in to motion picture, she has starred in television in the U.S. and around the world over 100 times, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Conan O'Brien 8 times, Entertainment Tonight 24 times, and Extra 16 times, as well as a special documentary on her for Victoria's Secret. In 2004, Gisele appeared in the comedy Taxi, and In 2006, The Devil Wears Prada. Gisele tells us, 'To be a model is to be half an actress (...)' Though she does not consider her self an actress, and does not want to fall in to the cliché of models who turn to acting, the beauty of her screen presence is more than enough.
Gisele has a big heart for all life and the planet. Still loving animals, she owns many dogs and horses, which she loves to ride. Gisele does not wear fur, understanding their plight. She has saved many animals as a child, and continues to do so to this day. Gisele lends her support and image to a number of charities and humanitarian causes, such as the 'I am African campaign,' and 'Red.' She promotes protection of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and Amazon Rainforest water sources, donating to this cause a percentage of profits from her line of sandals that she created named Ipanema Gisele Bündchen. Her shoe line are the best selling sandals in the entire country of Brazil. A forest in Brazil is even named after her.
On Thursday, February 26th, 2009, Gisele Bündchen broke hearts when she married Tom Brady in a small Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California. On April 5th, 2009, the couple remarried in a larger ceremony in Costa Rica. On December 8, 2009, Gisele gave birth to a boy in Boston. Ten days later, she posted a message stating his name, Benjamin. On September, 20th, 2009, Gisele Bundchen was awarded as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. Her stunning beauty and charm continues to captivate the world of fashion, entertainment, and beyond. Gisele Bundchen is without a doubt, the number 1 hottest model of all time.
To see the rest of our list of the Top 10 Hottest Models of All Time (from the 60's to the present day, in no particular order below), view our Archives section. Models were selected based not only on their look, but also style, and influence on fashion and culture.
1. Gisele Bundchen
2. Claudia Schiffer
3. Heidi Klum
4. Edie Sedgewick
5. Tyra Banks
6. Cindy Crawford
7. Farrah Fawcett
8. Kate Moss
9. Brooke Shields
10. Paulina Porizkova
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