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Biography for Gisele BŁndchenGisele Caroline BŁndchen (born Jul. 20, 1980 (33 years ago)) is a Brazilian model and occasional movie actress. According to Forbes, she is the highest-paid model in the world and also the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment world, with an estimated $150 million fortune.
Early yearsBŁndchen was born in the Brazilian town of TrÍs de Maio and grew up in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, to V‚nia Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner, and Valdir BŁndchen, a university teacher and writer. She has five sisters ó Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela and her fraternal twin PatrŪcia, Gisele's junior by five minutes. In Feb. 2009 (4 years ago), she married American football star Tom Brady. BŁndchen is Roman Catholic, speaks Portuguese as her native language and English as a second language.
ď I was born in Horizontina, a town in the backcountry of (Brazilian) state Rio Grande do Sul. The town was once mainly colonized by Germans. In the school which I attended, learning German was actually obligatory from third grade on. But being out of touch with the language for such a long time, I unfortunately forgot it....I belong to the sixth generation of my family in Brazil.
CareerOriginally, BŁndchen wanted to be a professional volleyball player and considered playing for the Brazilian team, Sogipa. While in school, BŁndchen was so thin that her friends used to call her "OlŪvia Palito" (Portuguese for Olive Oyl, Popeye's skinny girlfriend) and "Saracura" (a type of Brazilian shorebird).
In 1993 (20 years ago), a then-13-year-old BŁndchen joined a modeling course with her sisters PatrŪcia and Gabriela at her mother's insistence. The following year, BŁndchen went to S„o Paulo on a school excursion to give them an opportunity to walk in a big city. In a shopping mall, while eating at McDonald's with her friends, BŁndchen was discovered by a modeling agency. She was subsequently selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she placed second ó Claudia Menezes, from Bahia, took first place. BŁndchen placed fourth in the world contest, held in Ibiza, Spain. In 1996 (17 years ago), BŁndchen moved to New York City to begin her modeling career, debuting at Fashion Week.
Her debut on the cover of the Jul. 1999 (14 years ago) issue of Vogue magazine, and the accompanying editorial entitled "The Return of the Sexy Model", is widely viewed as marking the end of the fashion's "heroin chic" era. She graced the cover again in Nov. and dec. of that year. She won the VH1/Vogue Model of the Year for 1999 (14 years ago), and a Jan. 2000 (13 years ago) cover gave her the rare honor of three consecutive Vogue covers. In 2000 (13 years ago), 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." BŁndchen has been on the covers of many top fashion magazines 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, and Marie Claire. She has been featured both in the Pirelli Calendar 2001 (12 years ago) and 2006 (7 years ago) and in broader market publications such as Time, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Newsweek and Veja, more than 500 magazine covers throughout the world.
BŁndchen consistently works with acclaimed photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Mert and Marcus, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Peter Lindbergh, David LaChapelle, Mario Sorrenti, Nino Munoz and Patrick Demarchelier, and with renowned directors such as Jean Baptiste Mondino and Bruno Aveillan.
Claudia Schiffer (24 walls) said: "Supermodels, like we once were, don't exist any more" and reckoned that Gisele BŁndchen was the only one close to earning the supermodel title.
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 donít think thereís been one."
On Aug. 26, 2008 (5 years ago), the New York Daily News, in a list, named BŁndchen the fourth-most-powerful person in the fashion world.
On May 12, 2009 (4 years ago), The Independent, called her the biggest star in fashion history.
RelationshipsOn Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 (4 years ago), BŁndchen married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a small Catholic ceremony in Los Angeles. On Apr. 5, 2009 (4 years ago), the couple remarried in Costa Rica with Brady's son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, present. For the ceremony, Gisele wore a dress and veil designed by famed fashion designer John Galliano. Bundchen's three dogs were also present at the ceremony. BŁndchen and Brady had been dating since late 2006 (7 years ago). Before marrying him, she dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio (7 walls) and professional surfer Kelly Slater.
PregnancyOn Friday, Jun. 19 2009 (4 years ago), People magazine reported that Gisele was pregnant with her first child with husband Tom Brady. The baby is due around Jan. or Feb. 2010 (3 years ago).
Song tributeAs an homage to BŁndchen, Brazilian singer and songwriter Gabriel Guerra, along with musician Pedro Cezar, wrote the song Tributo a Gisele (Tribute to Gisele in English), which is currently the theme of the model's official website. In Jan. 2008 (5 years ago), BŁndchen met Gabriel Guerra at Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
One reason to love New YorkIn the dec. 2005 (8 years ago) issue, New York magazine chose and publicized a list of 123 reasons to love New York City with reason number 43 being that Gisele BŁndchen lives there.
Nude photographsOn Apr. 11, 2008 (5 years ago), a black-and-white photo (wallpaper) of BŁndchen, shot by Irving Penn, was auctioned for US$193,000 (£96,000). The picture (wallpaper) was one of dozens from the collection of Gert Elfering that were sold at Christie's International in New York. In all, the auction tallied US$4.27 million and included pictures (wallpaper) of Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington (6 walls) and Carla Bruni. BŁndchen's picture (wallpaper) reached the highest price in comparison with the others. Bardot was the second with US$181,000 (£90,000).
In 2009 (4 years ago), Gisele featured, on artistic nude picture, the cover of the work retrospective book of Australian photographer Russell James.
Image inspirationIn 2006 (7 years ago), 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 per cent gave Gisele the title of best hair in Hollywood, followed by Sienna Miller (33 walls) in at second place and Nicole Richie (10 walls) in at third position.
In Feb. 2008 (5 years ago), a result of research was 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 BŁndchen, Jennifer Lopez (30 walls), Angelina Jolie (146 walls), Nicole Kidman (24 walls), Pamela Anderson (24 walls), Sophia Loren, Brad pitt (17 walls) and George Clooney (5 walls) were the most frequently mentioned celebrities. Gisele won the abdomen and hair categories and took second place in the breasts category.
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