Gisele Bündchen Biography
Published: Nov 11, 2022
Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Caroline Bündchen is a Brazilian fashion model. Since 2001, she has been one of the highest-paid models in the world. In 2007, Bündchen was the 16th richest woman in the entertainment industry and earned the top spot on Forbes's top-earning models list in 2012. In 2014, she was listed as the 89th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Forbes.

Vogue credited Bündchen with ending the heroin chic era of modeling in 1999. Bündchen was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1999 until 2006. She is credited with pioneering and popularizing the horse walk, a stomping movement created by a model lifting her knees high and kicking her feet to step. In 2007, Claudia Schiffer called Bündchen the only remaining supermodel. Bündchen has appeared on more than 1,200 magazine covers.

Bündchen was nominated for Choice Movie Female Breakout Star and for Choice Movie Villain at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards for her supporting role in Taxi (2004). Bündchen's charitable endeavors include Save the Children, Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program since 2009.

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In September 2000, Newsweek reported on a survey conducted by Brazilian magazine Capricho, where 86 percent of Brazilian teenagers said they wanted to become fashion models. Capricho attributed the interest in modeling to Bündchen.

By 2014, Bündchen was listed by Forbes as the 89th most powerful woman in the world. Forbes Brasil listed Bündchen as the No. 2 biggest Brazilian celebrity of 2015 based on media presence and influence in Brazil.

In a 2006 Elle survey, more than 50 percent of American stylists asked gave Bündchen the title of the best hair in Hollywood. A February 2008 survey of more than 20,000 plastic surgeons in 84 countries revealed Bündchen was the celebrity most mentioned for patients having work done on their abdomens and hair, and the second-most mentioned celebrity in the breasts category.

Bündchen was second in Vanity Fair's World's Most Beautiful poll in 2009.[108] In January 2011, Bündchen's was the most desired female body on the 14th Annual Famed Hottest Looks survey. In 2011, Bündchen was one of three women to make's annual "Most Desirable Women" list every year for 10 consecutive years.

Bündchen is ranked No. 4 on Forbes Brasil's list of the 100 most influential Brazilian celebrities. In May 2014, Bündchen was ranked No. 89 on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women in the world, the only model on the list. In November 2014, Forbes Brasil ranked Bündchen fifth of the 25 biggest celebrities in Brazil, moving her up to second in 2015.

Vogue Italia called Bündchen the "King Midas of fashion" in February 2012, saying companies that invest in her reap the awards of her representation. An Esprit public awareness campaign featuring Bündchen helped raise consumer awareness 9 percent in Germany and 19 percent in China.

In 2016, Bündchen participated in The Beginning of Life, a documentary about "the crucial role that the early years of children’s lives play in determining their futures successes".

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