Gisele Bundchen, a Brazilian supermodel who lives in New York, is best known for her imposing walk and dominance of the world’s most prestigious catwalks, yet outside of fashion, Gisele is well known for her love of sport and taking a stand on the environment.
She was born Gisele Caroline Bündchen on July 20th 1980 in a small town “Tres de Maio, in Horizontina of Southern Brazil to Vania Nonnenmacher and Valdir Bündchen, Brazilians of German descent, and is a practicing Roman Catholic. Gisele has described herself as a sixth generation Brazilian, and whilst she learned German at school, she considers Portuguese her native language.
Gisele has five sisters, and a fraternal twin named Patricia who is five minutes younger, and is Gisele’s closest confidante and manager. Three of her sisters are also aspiring models but none have managed to get the recognition that Gisele has.
As a child Gisele was considered a good volleyball player and had hoped to become a professional player, perhaps for the Brazilian national squad, the Sogipa, but fortunately for her fans she was discovered by modeling talent scouts before she could commit to volleyball training.
Most recently, on the 26th February 2009, Gisele married her boyfriend of three years,Tom Brady, a quarterback in the NFL’s New England Patriots. Tom proposed to Gisele in traditional style, simply bending on one knee and asking Gisele for her hand in marriage, in stark contrast to many Hollywood engagements that seem more about publicity than romance.
Gisele and Tom’s wedding was a small ceremony at Santa Monica Catholic Church with only family and the couple’s closest friends attending. Gisele was dressed from head to toe by Dolce & Gobbana. Tom Brady’s son to a former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was also present, and was carried by Gisele to their waiting car after the ceremony.
Two months later in April 2009 Gisele and Tom re-anacted their wedding for the benefit of friends, team mates and other top models who hadn’t been invited to the closed wedding in California. The second wedding was held at an exclusive boutique hotel on Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula.
Gisele and Tom met shortly after his split from ex Bridget Moynihan, who announced two months later that she was pregnant. Gisele sent Bridget a gift pack of designer baby clothes after hearing the news, unfortunately one set of clothes bore the logo ‘SuperModel’. Paparazzi journalists widely reported this as a slap in the face to Bridget, whose acting career has suffered many setbacks.
Prior to dating and then marrying Brady, Gisele Bündchen has also dated Leonardo diCaprio, her longest relationship which ended after five years and precipitated rumors that Siena Miller, an actress who has supposedly earned the nickname “home wrecker” was responsible, though this is denied by diCaprio and Miller. Shortly after separating from diCaprio, Gisele was romantically linked with Kelly Slater, a world champion surfer. Slater and Bundchen dated for nearly a year.
So popular has Gisele become that Rolling Stone magazine named her the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” in their September 2000 issue. In 2005 Gisele Bündchen living in New York was cited as the 43rd good reason out of 123 for people to love New York by New York magazine.
Her popularity has never waned, being repeatedly cited as an inspirational figure or beautiful celebrity that many people in the US identify as the person they’d most like to look like. Amongst hair stylists who read Elle Magazine, Gisele was voted in 2006 the celebrity with the best hair in Hollywood, and the most common request being to cut, color, and style a client’s hair to resemble her blonde locks.
Later, in February 2008, the “Breasts from Brazil” as Gisele has been nicknamed, came second in an international survey of celebrities most often mentioned by clients of cosmetic surgeons in the breasts category, though it is a testament to Gisele’s active lifestyle that she won the abdomen category, and it should come as no surprise she also won the hair category.
Such a muse has Gisele become, that a young singer from Brazil got his first big break after writing a glowing tribute to Gisele, a song named “Tributo a Gisele”, who he considered to be the 21st century’s Girl from Ipanema. Gabriel Guerro, and his friend Pedro Cezar, two struggling musicians collaborated on the recording at the instigation of one of Gisele’s backstage makeup artists, Lili Ferraz.
Gisele was so taken with the song she decided to use the song on her new website as her theme song. Shortly after the song appeared on Gisele’s website, recording company executives signed Gabriel to a multi album contract. In 2008 Gabriel Guerra and Gisele Bundchen finally met at the Copacabana Hotel for the January release of his third album.
Gisele loves animals, and has a pet dog named Vida, a small terrier that travels with her everywhere she goes, and in interviews she has said her dream is to own a large property in the countryside where she can have horses, as well all of the other animals that make a traditional farm.