Gisele Bündchen

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Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bundchen2.jpg
Bündchen in 2010
Born Gisele Caroline Bündchen[1]
(1980-07-20) July 20, 1980 (age 34)[2]
Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil[3]
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Model, actress, producer
Spouse(s) Tom Brady (m. 2009)
Children 2
Modeling information
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[4]
Hair color
Eye color
Measurements 34B-25-35 (89-63-89)[4]
Dress size 6 US[4]
Shoe size 39 EU, 8.5 US, 6 UK[3]
Manager IMG Models
Website
www.giselebundchen.com

Gisele Caroline Bündchen[1][dead link] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒiˈzɛli kaɾoˈlini ˈbĩtʃẽj], German pronunciation: [ɡiːˈzɛlə ˈbʏntçn̩]; born July 20, 1980)[2] is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.[7] In the late 1990s, Bündchen was the first in a wave of Brazilian models to find international success.[8] In 1999, Vogue dubbed her "The Return of the Sexy Model", and she was credited with ending the "heroin chic" era of modeling. Bündchen was one of the Victoria's Secret Angels from 2000 until mid-2007. Bündchen pioneered the "horse walk", a stomping movement created when a model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front.[9] Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell have stated that Bündchen is the only true remaining supermodel.[10]

Bündchen has also ventured into acting. She did 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. Bündchen also had a supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and from 2010-2011, she was the executive producer of an educational environmental cartoon, Gisele & the Green Team. Bündchen supports many charities including Save the Children, Red Cross and Doctors without Borders, as well as dedicating part of her time to environmental causes.

Since 2004, she has been the highest-paid model in the world, and is the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry (as of 2007).[11] In 2012 she placed first on the Forbes top-earning models list.[12] From 2000 to 2005, Bündchen was in a relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio.[13] She married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009. As of 2014, she is listed as the 89th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[14]

Family and early life[edit]

Bündchen is a sixth-generation German Brazilian,[15] born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, to Vânia Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner, and Valdir Bündchen, a university teacher and writer, who are both of German descent.[16] Bündchen was born and raised in Horizontina, a southern region in Brazil where there is a large population of German ancestry.[17][18] She grew up with her five sisters—Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela, and her fraternal twin Patrícia, her junior by five minutes.[19] She speaks Portuguese as her native language, in addition to Spanish, English and Italian. She studied German in school.[15]

In 1993, Bündchen joined a modeling course with her sisters Patrícia and Gabriela at their mother's insistence.[20] The following year, Bündchen 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,[21] in which she placed second. Claudia Menezes from Bahia took first place. Bündchen placed fourth in the Elite Model Look world contest, held in Ibiza, Spain.[21] At the age of 14, she then moved to São Paulo to launch her modeling career. In 1996, Bündchen had her first New York City break at Fashion Week.[22]

Career[edit]

1997–2000: Career beginnings[edit]

In 1997 Bündchen traveled to London, 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's spring 1998 "rain" ready-to-wear show. Echoing similar accolades for Elle Macpherson a decade earlier, McQueen dubbed Bündchen "the Body", immediately boosting her bookings.[22] In 1998 she secured her first British Vogue cover, and became the most in-demand cover girl of her generation with 10 covers in fewer than four years - even Kate Moss has never graced more than nine in the same period according to vogue.co.uk." In 1998, she posed for Missoni, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferré, 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."[22] Vogue magazine's online encyclopedia of models states, "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."[22]

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 December 2009 she appeared alongside her husband Tom Brady on the cover of book The World in Vogue – People, Parties, Places.[23] In 2000, she became the fourth model to appear on the cover of the music magazine Rolling Stone[24] when she was named "the most beautiful girl in the world."[25] Bündchen 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.[20] She appeared in the Pirelli Calendar in 2001 and 2006,[20] and in broader publications such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Forbes, Newsweek, and Veja, for a total of more than 600 magazine covers throughout the world[26]—a total that is only second to Princess Diana's.[27] She simultaneously graced the covers of both the US and British editions of Vogue in January 2000, the first issue of the new millennium."

2000–2009: Success and acting debut[edit]

By 2000, her record-breaking contract with Victoria's Secret helped solidify her status as the world's top model.[28] She has been on numerous book covers such as "MaRIO DE JANEIRO" by Mario Testino[29] and a Russell James Retrospective book.[30] 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.[31] Also that year "Time magazine said she was "one of the few runway models whom straight men can name."[31] For spring 2000 fashion week she opened Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, and Valentino shows in New York, Milan, and Paris.[32] From 1998–2003 Bündchen was in every Dolce & Gabbana fashion campaign, totaling eleven consecutive campaigns with the brand. In 2006–2009, she returned as the face of the brand's fragrance, in a campaign titled "Dolce & Gabbana The One".[33]

Bündchen in 2006

In 2000, Bündchen wore the most expensive Victoria's 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.[34] In February 2001 her Got Milk ad campaign debuted in the 2001 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.[35] Bündchen was invited to host the Brazilian version of the reality-show "America's Next Top Model" in (2003), but she refused. According to her sister and public relations manager, Patricia Bündchen, she did not want to pursue a career on television.[36] Photographed by Steven Meisel, she was presented on the September 2004 cover of American Vogue as one of the "Models of the Moment".[37] In 2004, Bündchen played the bank robbers' leader, Vanessa, in the 2004 remake Taxi. In 2005 she got picked to wear the Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra again, the second most expensive one ever the Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra ($12,500,000).[38] In their 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 Bündchen lived there.[39]

In 2006, she played Serena, a minor character in The Devil Wears Prada. In February 2007, Bündchen returned to the Milan runway by opening and closing Dolce & Gabbana's show.[32] She was chosen by Time magazine in 2007 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[32] In September 2007, Bündchen was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair's style issue, photographed by Mario Testino. The issue was one of the best sellers that year.[32]

2009–2011: Continued success[edit]

When she reappeared on the cover in 2009, the issue was the lowest selling for the magazine in nearly two years.[40] On 26 August 2008, the New York Daily News, listed Bündchen as the fourth-most-powerful person in the fashion world. On 12 May 2009, The Independent called her the biggest star in fashion history.[41] In 2009 Harper's Bazaar magazine rated her among the top 26 greatest models of all time.[42]

In 2010, she made Vogue's 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.[22] In April 2010, she was photographed for the cover of American Vogue for the eleventh time.[22] In September 2010, she led a group of top models for Vogue's Fashion's Night Out runway show at the Lincoln Center in New York. She then made a surprise appearance on Balenciaga's runway, closing the show.[22] In 2011 she participated and represented Pantene in the Brazilian Rio Carnival 2011 parade.[43]

She ranks first on models.com's the Money Girls list and second on The Sexiest Models list.[44] In 2011 CEOWORLD Magazine ranked her among their Top Accomplished Women Entertainers.[45] She was ranked number 95 in FHM Magazines 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011.[46] In 2007, Bündchen was named "The World's Richest Supermodel".[47] 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 sold for the highest price.[48][49]

As of 2010 Bundchen has appeared on two Vogue Shape issue covers, more than any other celebrity or model.[50] She ranked No. 45 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".[51] In 2011, Men's Health named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All Time", ranking her at No. 25.[52] In October 2011, Bündchen made a surprise runway appearance during Paris Fashion Week, closing the Givenchy spring-summer 2012 fashion show.[53]

In 2011 she participated and represented Pantene in the Brazilian Rio Carnival 2011 parade.[43] In 2011 she appeared on eight Vogue covers, more than any other model or celebrity that year.[54] Her July Vogue Brazil 2011 cover shot in the Amazon was the magazine's highest-selling issue ever, selling 70,743 copies. The record was later broken by model Karolina Kurkova, who appeared in the November 2011 issue,which sold 70,991 copies.[55]

2012–present: Upcoming projects[edit]

In Spring 2012, she won three major spring campaigns – Versace, Givenchy, and Salvatore Ferragamo.[56] In early 2012, it was announced that she would be the face of Banco do Brasil's first global ad campaign, with the tagline "Bank of Brazil. From Brazil to the world. From the world to Brazil."[57] April 2012 Time magazine listed her among their All-TIME 100 Fashion Icons list of the 100 most influential fashion icons since 1923.[58] In August 2012 in honor of the 120th anniversary of Vogue, they spotlighted the ten women who have been immortalized for the number of times they've graced the coveted cover of the magazine, Bündchen being on the list with 11 covers total.[59] As of 2011, there have been 29 persons who have appeared on the covers of Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, American Vogue and British Vogue; Gisele 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 country stars such as Marisa Monte and Seu Jorge.[60] In 2012 she made 5,600 appearances in commercials in her native Brazil.[61] In August 2012, it was reported that she replaced Kate Moss as the face of David Yurman. She was shot by famous photographer Peter Lindbergh for the Fall 2012 campaign.[62] At the end of 2012 she has appeared on 120 Vogue covers. She also holds the record for the most Brazilian Vogue covers of all time.[63]

In February 2013 it was announced that she became the face of Chanel's new make-up range, Les Beiges, which campaign was shot by Mario Testino. Her first time ever as a spokesperson of the brand.[64] It was reported later that she beat Rihanna and other celebrities to star in the campaign, being chosen by Karl Lagerfeld himself.

For the brands spring/summer 2014 campaign, Marc Jacobs chose Bündchen along with Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell as his muses for his last collection for Louis Vuitton.[65]

In December 2013, Bündchen was announced as Pantene North America's newest ambassador.[66]

May 2014 Bündchen 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.[67]

Reception[edit]

Bündchen in 2004

24 September 2000, Newsweek published an article "This Year's Model" which emphasized a craze in modeling culture in Brazil because of Gisele. "In Brazil, where beauty is as highly valued as football or the samba, modeling has become an obsession. Modeling courses, makeup workshops and beauty contests are all the rage. Crash diets are in vogue. A dozen big-name modeling agencies like Marilyn have set up shop in São Paulo and deployed an army of talent scouts to beat the pavement for new faces. And from the smallest parish in the southern grain belt to the swank boulevards of Sao Paulo, kids are practicing their posture and perfecting their pouts. 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." it stated. they went onto claim; "It would be difficult to overstate Gisele's impact, not only on Brazil but on the modeling industry as well. Just two years ago the celebrity model looked like an endangered species. The public grew so weary of the pampered princesses that they were pushed off magazine and tabloid covers by pop singers, movie stars, even politicians. Then came Gisele. "She had breasts and hips and great hair," says James Scully, booking editor of Harper's Bazaar. "Men want her. Women want to be her. We haven't had that since Cindy and Naomi." And so the fashionistas swarmed to Brazil for Gisele clones. Fashion Pygmalions are scouring the hinterlands for beauties in the rough. Models with nondescript accents are pretending to be Brazilian. "Everyone asks me if I know her," says Brazilian clothing designer Alexandre Herchcovitch, whose popular label, Zoomp, is selling even better in the age of Bündchen. Other Brazilian companies are capitalizing on the babe from Brazil as well. When the giant beverage company Ambev wanted to add some oomph to its New York Stock Exchange debut last week, they called Bündchen—not Greenspan—who tossed Ambev caps and blew kisses. Says Herchcovitch: "It's a good time to be Brazilian." To be sure, Brazil's modeling business has changed dramatically since Bündchen was a schoolgirl. In the mid-'90s, there were five agencies nationwide. Now there are 11, with branches all over the country and a legion of aggressive scouts."[68] Bündchen pioneered the "horse walk", a stomping movement created when a model picks her knees up high and kicks her feet out in front.[9] As of 2014, she is listed as the 89th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[14]

Public image[edit]

Bündchen in 2006

In 2000, Bündchen was dubbed the "Boobs from Brazil" for inspiring the 36,000 breast enhancement surgeries performed that year in Brazil.[69] In 2006, Elle magazine 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 Bündchen the title of best hair in Hollywood.[70] 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. Bündchen was among the most frequently mentioned celebrities. Bündchen won the abdomen and hair categories and took second place in the breasts category.[71] 2008 saw a black-and-white photo of Bündchen, shot by Irving Penn, auctioned for $193,000 (£96,000) alongside images of other models and celebrities, including Carla Bruni. Gisele's fetched by far the most on the night.[72]

She was voted second place on Vanity Fair's world's most beautiful poll in 2009.[73] 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. "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 [...]."[74]

Puyol, representing the Spanish team from 2010, at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final alongside Gisele Bündchen

In 2011, AskMen.com revealed their annual "Most Desirable Women" list. Bündchen, along with Angelina Jolie and Beyoncé Knowles, are the only women to have made the list every year for ten years in a row.[75] singer Beyonce in a 2011 Harper's Bazaar interview named Gisele as one of her fashion inspiration stating that "I always admire Victoria Beckham and Gisele [Bündchen]. Their style is modern but always classic."[76] A designer 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."[77] Vogue editor Anna Wintour calleded 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.[22] In 2012 The 26th edition of Casa Cor in Brazil, one of the world´s biggest decorating, landscaping, and architecture events, paid tribute to Gisele with a wood sculpture in her image.[78] She was ranked No. 9 on Men's Health Magazine's list of The Hottest Women of 2013.[79] In 2013 GQ Magazine listed her among The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century.[80]

Bündchen is ranked No. 4, behind Pelé, Paulo Coelho and Neymar on Forbes Brasil's list of the 100 most influential Brazilian celebrities.[81]

May 2014 Gisele was ranked #89 on Forbe's 100 Most Powerful Women in the world list from the success of her various brands. She is the only model on the list.[82]

Endorsements[edit]

Bündchen in 2006

After C&A Brazil hired Bündchen as a spokesmodel and began airing television commercials, sales increased by 30 per cent.[83] In 2012 The Hollywood Reporter stated Bundchen became C&A's biggest booster in Brazil and even helped with European sales.[84] In 2001, Bündchen launched Ipanema Gisele Bündchen,[85] 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.[22] Forbes put her 53rd on their 2007 list of the most powerful celebrities.[86] Ipanema Gisele Bündchen made an estimated £152 million with over 250 million pairs sold in 2010.[87] Bündchen told Vitals Magazine in 2005 that she has been involved in business and investing in real estate since she was 18 years old. She claims modeling is only 40 per cent of what she does, and the rest is contracting.[88] On 1 May 2007, it was announced that Bündchen had ended her contract with Victoria's Secret.[89] According to a stock market analysis in 2007, when Gisele terminated her agreement with Victoria's Secret, which is owned by Limited Brands Inc. (LTD), Limited was selling for $26.80 per share. Soon thereafter, the stock declined to $18.36 per share, a 31.5% drop.[90]

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 per cent between May and July 2007, substantially surpassing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up just 8.2%.[91][92] In 2010, Bündchen introduced her own skin care product line, named Sejaa Pure Skincare which according to Forbes has been in talks with Shiseido for over a year on an acquisition deal.[93][94] In early 2011, Procter & Gamble's Pantene shampoo sales increased 40 per cent in Latin America after Bündchen started representing the product.[95] Edward Razek, chief marketing officer of Limited Brands, who worked with Bündchen during her Victoria's Secret career says, "She's an international icon who can also move product, from shampoo to couture."[96][97] The lingerie brand "HOPE" increased turnover by 40 per cent after contracting Bündchen as its representative.[98] 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.[99]

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."[100] An Esprit public awareness campaign featuring Bündchen helped raise consumer awareness of the Esprit brand, with a 9 percent rise in Germany, and a 19 percent rise in China.[101] She was ranked No. 61 on Forbes' Most Powerful Celebrities list in 2012.[102] In May 2012 she was ranked fourth on the World's Most Powerful Latino Celebrity list by Forbes.[103]

In 2013 she ranked No. 5 among the most successful Brazilian Business Women list. Forbe's reported that, the products that bear her name... in Brazil – including Grendene's 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 P&G.[104]

The brand of products for teeth Oral B Brasil grew considerably since hiring Bündchen. She takes home $4 million a year from her Procter & Gamble contract.[105]

Bündchen's jelly sandals Ipanema by Gisele Bundchen sell as much as 25 million pairs annually and accounted for more than 60% of Grendene’s annual exports of about $250 million in 2013.[106]

Philanthropy[edit]

Charitable activities[edit]

Bündchen in 2006

Bündchen donated $150,000 to Brazil's Zero Hunger program. She designed a limited necklace edition for Harper's Bazaar, crafted by jewelers Gumuchian Fils. These necklaces were sold to raise money for St. Jude Children's 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 the hurricane disasters.[107] In 2006, Bündchen 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.[108] In 2009, she appeared on 30 covers of the international issues of Elle magazines wearing Product Red clothing and posing with products from companies who support the same cause.[109][110]

She has helped raise money for cancer research and treatment,[111] victims of Hurricane Katrina,[112] 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.[113] Bündchen 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.[114] In 2008 Bündchen auctioned a collection of diamonds for charity. The collection features 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 will go to Russell Simmons' Diamond Empowerment Fund, whose mission is to raise money to support education initiatives in countries where diamonds are a natural resource.[115] 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.[116]

Bündchen made a surprise visit to patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.[117] In 2011, Bündchen was added to The Giving Back Fund's list of celebs who made the largest donations to charity.[118] 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 Gisele is the face of.[119]

Bundchen ranked No. 15 on Forbes's 30 most generous celebrities list in 2012.[120]

On 26 December 2013 Bündchen 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 Bündchen talked about fashion and shared makeup tips.[121]

As of April 2014, Bündchen 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's and children's collection will go toward Born Free's mission to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth.[122]

Environmental work[edit]

Bündchen in 2006

Bündchen 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's annual gala to honor leaders in sustainability.[123] Bündchen has also supported a variety of environmental causes, including clean water initiatives,[22] environmental sustainability,[22] and preservation of South American rainforests.[124] In 2007 she took part in eBay Giving Works, eBay's program dedicated to charity listings online auction for the WWF, with 100% of the proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund's global conservation initiatives, especially those involved in the fight against climate change.[125] 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 Bündchen's name to start reforestation of the Brazilian rainforests.[126] In May 2011 Bündchen was named Harvard's 2011 Global Environmental Citizen in recognition of her eco-efforts.[127] 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 Bündchen was the winner, beating Paul McCartney and Miguel Bose.[128]

Goodwill ambassador[edit]

In 2008 Bündchen and Brady dished out turkey and all the trimmings unannounced to over 400 job trainees in Roxbury Massachusetts for Goodwill Industries International.[129] On 20 September 2009, she was designated Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).[130] In January 2012, Bündchen made her first official visit to Africa as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador.[131] Bündchen 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.[132] In January 2012, Bündchen 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.[133][134] In April 2012 she donated money for AIDS research.[135] On the eve of World Environment Day 4 June 2012, Bündchen, 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.[136]

In January 2014, Bündchen joined the Rainforest Alliance board of directors.[137]

Personal life[edit]

Bündchen married Tom Brady in 2009 and they have two children.

From 2000 to 2005, Bündchen was in a relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio.[13] In 2004, Bündchen and DiCaprio made People's annual Most Beautiful Couples List.[138]

Family[edit]

Bündchen began dating New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in December 2006.[139] In 2009 Brady revealed to Details magazine that they were first set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.[140] Bündchen and Brady married on 26 February 2009 in a small Catholic ceremony at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California.[141] On 5 April 2009, the couple remarried in a larger ceremony in Costa Rica, with Bündchen's stepson John present.[142] Bündchen and Brady have two children: son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady (born 2009)[143][144] and daughter Vivian Lake Bundchen Brady (born 2012).[145] In 2010, Bündchen told Harper's Bazaar how important breastfeeding is for her.[146]

Gisele and Tom's Los Angeles home uses solar energy, gray water system, lighting systems that reduce energy consumption, a rainwater recovery system, waste reduction and recycling programs. They have their own vegetable garden, where 90% of the food they eat comes from. 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.[147] Subsequently, the family bought a $14 million condominium at One Madison in Manhattan in October 2013. They are building another home near Boston.[148]

After the Patriots lost in Super Bowl XLVI and Bündchen 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!"[149][150] The comment, which was widely publicized both in the traditional media[151][152] and the blogosphere,[153][154] caused a media stir.[155]

Wealth[edit]

In August 2011, Bündchen ranked 60th on the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.[156] She ranked third on the The 20 Youngest Power Women of 2011 List at age 31.[157] In 2011 Forbes named Bündchen and Brady as the World's Highest Paid Celebrity couple, beating out Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as well as Beyoncé and Jay-Z.[158] 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's Most Powerful Women" at No. 83. She ranked in the top 10 of the Forbes list of "Entertainment's Highest-Paid Women" in 2012, at No. 8.[159]

In July 2007 Forbes magazine named her the world's top-earning model.[160] By 2008, she continued to dominate the Forbes list of the world's highest-earning models, and appeared on the magazine's list of the Top 20 Richest Women in Entertainment.[22] During 2009–2010, she was the top earning supermodel.[161] In 2010, she retained the top spot as Forbes's highest-earning model.[22] On May 2011, Forbes ranked her as the world's 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.[96] Also in 2013 she ranked No. 3 on the 16 most successful female entrepreneurs list by Forbes.[162]

Bündchen, however, denies her wealth, telling WSJ. magazine in November 2013, "Who are they speaking to when they come up with these numbers? Not my accountant, that's for sure."[163]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Taxi Vanessa Scherzinger Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance - Female
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Bad Guy
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Serena
2008 Coração Vagabundo Herself
2014 Jogos Aventura de Shekhar Sonia Voice (Brazilian dub version)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 MTV Al dente Gisele Vj - MTV Brasil
2010–11 Gisele & the Green Team Gisele Voice; Portuguese version; Also executive producer

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[164]
BEL
(Wa)

[165]
BEL
Dance
(Wa)

[165]
FRA
[166]
GER
[167]
HUN
[168]
POL
[169]
SPA
[170]
UKR
[171]
"All Day and All of the Night"[172] 2013 N/A
"Heart of Glass"[173]
(with Bob Sinclar)
2014 63 66 35 31 73 31 31 27 4
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing director
Title Year Director
"All Day and All of the Night" 2013 Amir Chamdin[174]
"Heart of Glass" 2014 N/A

See also[edit]

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