Model Watch: Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen was born July 20, 1980 in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. On a 1994 school trip to Sao Paulo, she was discovered by modeling reps from Elite Model Management. Aged 16, Gisele began her runway career walking for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. She later took to the catwalk for designers such as Givenchy, Chanel and Ralph Lauren. Subsequently, Gisele landed the covers of Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, W, V, Elle and Vogue.
In 2000, Victoria’s Secret offered Gisele a life-changing contract to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. With Victoria’s Secret she became a fixture in the company’s ads and fashion shows. As her career blossomed, Gisele agreed exclusive runway modelling contracts with Marc Jacobs and Christian Dior. Later, Gisele featured in commercials for Nivea and CrediCard. She also tried her hand at film acting, appearing in the feature films Taxi and The Devil Wears Prada.

Gisele transformed into an entrepreneur with the creation of her sandal line, Ipanema Gisele Bundchen, which became the hottest-selling Brazilian-made sandals. She branched out into a skincare line named Sejaa Pure Skincare. Gisele wanted to create a product with as little impact on the environment as possible. Sejaa Pure Skincare line is made from all-natural ingredients, calming fragrances, thoughtful packaging and recycled paper. The skincare line protects and supports skin's natural radiance, while also protecting the health and beauty of our environment.

Besides having a successful modelling career, a sandal line and a skincare line, Gisele participated in the fundraising project for the Global Fund AIDS effort in Africa. She also joined many celebrities in autographing iPods to raise money in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Gisele continues to give back as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. Most recently she donated $1.5 million to the Haiti Earthquake relief efforts. Gisele Bundchen is the highest paid model in the industry and her successful modeling career is still going strong.

Here are a few of the fashion magazine covers Gisele Bundchen has landed throughout her career:

Written by: Laura Perez, Front Row View intern

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