Gisele Bundchen

About: Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a Brazilian model, occasional film actress and goodwill ambassador for the UN Environment Programme.

In the late 1990s, Bündchen became one of the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find success. In 1999, Vogue magazine dubbed her "The Return of the Sexy Model" and she was credited with ending the "heroin chic" era of modeling.

Bündchen was one of Victoria's Secret Angels from 2000 until 2006. Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model in the world and the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry with an estimated $150 million fortune.Models Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell have argued that Bündchen is the only true remaining "supermodel"and according to Forbes she may become the world's first ever billionaire supermodel.

During the era of heroin chic—the skinny, boyish nineties look epitomized by Kate Moss—Gisele was the anti-waif, her tanned, healthy figure and her runway walk made people notice. Vogue editor Anna Wintour crowned her the “model of the millennium,” that same year Vogue called her "The return of the sexy model". Rolling Stone declared her, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” in 2000. “And God Created Gisele...,” Vanity Fair said in 2009.

In 1997 Bundchen travels to London, where she auditions for 42 shows. She gets her big break when chosen for her ability to walk in towering heels—on a slippery runway—for Alexander McQueen’s memorable spring 1998 “rain” ready-to-wear show. Echoing similar accolades for Elle Macpherson a decade earlier, McQueen dubs Gisele “the Body,” immediately boosting her bookings.

As the year 2000 approached, Gisele Bündchen was the world’s hottest model, opening up a new category in the popular imagination: the Brazilian bombshell.[16] By the year 2000, her going rate was reportedly already up to $7,000 an hour, according to WWD. She is the fourth model in history to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, in which she was named "the most beautiful girl in the world", in 2000. 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.

Bündchen has been on the covers of every top fashion magazine including W, Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, Allure, international editions of Vogue, as well as style and lifestyle publications such as i-D, The Face, Arena, Citizen K, Flair, GQ, Esquire,Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire.

In 2002 she opened the Luella Bartley’s show in a denim minitrench and go-go boots; the bag she carries on the runway is quickly dubbed “the Gisele” and becomes a best seller.

In 2003 she continued to pose for Missoni, Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana campaigns, adding Balenciaga to her list of regulars.[18] From 1998-2003 Gisele was in every single Dolce & Gabbana fashion campaign. Totaling 11 consecutive campaigns with the brand. In 2006-2009 she returned as the face of the brand's fragrance titled "Dolce & Gabbana The One"

In 2004 W declares the ubiquitous model “the biggest cover girl in the world.” She tops Forbes’s list of highest-earning supermodels for the first time. February, Clad in a bikini, appears on the cover of Time’s Style and Design Issue, with the cover line “Women in Fashion: Who’s Got the Power?”

In the December 2005 issue, New York magazine chose and publicized a list of 123 reasons to love New York City with reason number 43 being that Gisele Bündchen lived there.

In 2006 WWD reports At 26, Bundchen is second only to Princess Diana in the number of magazine covers ever

She was named by Rolling Stone magazine (Brazil) as the biggest Brazilian popstar of all times. (2006)

She was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world (2007).

Claudia Schiffer said: "Supermodels, like we once were, don't exist any more In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognise the girls and reckons that Gisele Bündchen was the only one close to earning the supermodel title.

September 2007 Gisele is featured (solo) on the cover of Vanity Fair’s style issue, photographed by Mario Testino being one of the best sellers that year.

Naomi Campbell said: "Models need to earn their stripes – I just think the term is used a little too loosely. Kate Moss is obviously a supermodel but, after Gisele, I don’t think there’s been one."

On 26 August 2008, the New York Daily News, in a list, named Bündchen the fourth-most-powerful person in the fashion world.

On 12 May 2009, The Independent, called her the biggest star in fashion history.

She is ranked No.1 as the Top Model Icon of All Time at She is also No.1 on the Money Girls list and #2 on The Sexiest Models list.

She is in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Richest Supermodel".

On 11 April 2008, a black-and-white photo of Bündchen, shot by Irving Penn, was auctioned for US$193,000 (£96,000). The picture was one of dozens from the collection of Gert Elfering that were sold at Christie's International in New York. Bündchen's picture reached the highest price in comparison with the others.

In 2006, Elle magazine bosses surveyed the American leading stylists and asked them to name the star whose hair is a favourite for their clients. More than 50 percent gave Bündchen the title of best hair in Hollywood.

In February 2008, research results were publicized by The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) to reveal how world celebrity images, which overwhelm popular media, influence people's choices and decisions to undergo plastic surgery. The question asked was "What influences do celebrities have on the decisions patients make?". The survey was sent to more than 20,000 plastic surgeons in 84 countries. Gisele Bündchen was among the most frequently mentioned celebrities. Bündchen won the abdomen and hair categories and took second place in the breasts category.

On January 2011, Bündchen came in first in the most desired female body on the 14th Annual Famed Hottest Looks survey, compiled by Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Dr. Richard Fleming and Dr. Toby Mayer. Even after giving birth in December 2009, her body was the most requested by the doctors' patients.

In 2011 revealed their Annual "Most Desirable Women" list of which Gisele along with Angelina Jolie and Beyonce being the only women to make the list every year for ten years in a row.

Her home country even credits a surge in breast enlargements to the “G-Force” (to borrow a phrase from Women’s Wear Daily).

After C&A Brazil hired Bündchen as a spokesmodel and began airing television commercials, sales increased by 30%.

In 2001, Gisele launched her own line of flip-flop sandals, Ipanema. 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 made an estimated £152 million with over 250 million pairs sold in 2010.

On 1 May 2007, it was announced that Bündchen had ended her contract with Victoria's Secret. Shares of its parent company, Limited Brands, reportedly fall 31.5 percent.

American economist Fred Fuld developed a stock index to measure the profit performance improvement of companies represented by Bündchen compared with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. According to Fuld, the Gisele Bündchen Stock Index was up 15% between May and July 2007, substantially surpassing the Dow Jones Industrial Average which was up just 8.2%.

In early 2011, P&G's Pantene shampoo sales exploded 40% in Latin America after Bündchen started representing the product.

The Lingerie Brand "HOPE" increased turnover by 40% after contracting Gisele as its representative.

On May 2011, Forbes ranked her, for the fifth consecutive time, as the world's top-earning model with an estimated $45 million over the past 12 months (2010–2011). Her earnings climbed $20 million over the previous year, thanks to an economic boom in her homeland of Brazil coupled with a 10% surge in the value of the Brazilian real against the dollar. Gisele may soon become the world's first billionaire model (according to US currency rates), reports Forbes magazine.

In August 2011, Gisele ranked 60th on the Forbe's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.[59] She ranked 3rd on the The 20 Youngest Power Women of 2011 List at age 31.


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