Gisele Bundchen Is Retiring: 10 Supermodel-Defining Moments (PHOTOS)

Lisa Fogarty | Mar 16, 2015 Beauty & Style
Gisele Bundchen Is Retiring: 10 Supermodel-Defining Moments (PHOTOS)

Gisele Bundchen recently announced that her days on the catwalk are numbered. The 35-year-old mom of two is retiring (sort of, she'll still appear in ad campaigns) and will strut the runway for the last time next month's at Colcci during São Paulo Fashion Week. Those of us who remember the moment she broke into the scene in the late '90s and officially kicked heroin chic and all that was dark and gloomy to the curb with her vivacious, happy, and tanned goddess-like presence will miss the highest paid supermodel. Here are 10 defining moments in Gisele's career.

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  • Early '90s: Gisele Is Discovered


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    Here's Gisele in 1992 (she's the tallest one), just two years before a scout from Elite discovered her while she was at a shopping mall in Sao Paulo. She went on to place second in Elite's Look of the Year competition and was rejected an astounding 42 times before an agent finally signed her.

  • 1997: Alexander McQueen Dubs Gisele 'The Body'


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    Gisele's first huge high-fashion break came in 1997, when Alexander McQueen chose her to walk in his "Rain" runway show. He also gave her the nickname "The Body," which helped set her apart from the other models. Gisele returned the favor by honoring the late designer in 2011 at the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala event with husband Tom Brady.

  • 1998: Gisele Scores Her First Magazine Cover


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    In 1998, the supermodel scored her first-ever cover for British Vogue. Not a shabby way to kick start your cover-girl career. She has since appeared on the cover of U.K. Vogue 14 times—most recently, in March 2015.

  • 1999: Gisele Is Named VH1/Vogue Model of the Year


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    In 1999, Gisele snagged the coveted VH1/Vogue Model of the Year award and made it official: the Brazilian Bombshell was born and the "sexy" model with curves had replaced the '90s waif. Overnight, modeling agencies rushed to sign models from Gisele's native country.

  • January 2000: Gisele Scores Two Vogue Covers


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    It became pretty obvious that the "aughts" were destined to be Gisele's decade after she appeared on both the January 2000 covers of British Vogue and U.S. Vogue.

  • 2000: Gisele Becomes Household Name


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    The fashion world was very familiar with Gisele in the late '90s, but the second Rolling Stone magazine splashed her image on its cover in 2000 and dubbed her "the most beautiful girl in the world," she became the most popular woman among men, too.

  • Early 2000s: Victoria Secret's Reigning Queen


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    In 2000, Gisele wore the most expensive Victoria’s Secret bra of all time: the “Red Hot Fantasy Bra” worth $15 million. She went on to enjoy a record-breaking contract with the lingerie giant and served as their resident "Angel" from 2000 until 2007.

  • 2006: Gisele Stars in 'The Devil Wears Prada'


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    Gisele's first acting gig was actually in the 2004 film Taxi with Jimmy Fallon, but her turn as Selena in The Devil Wears Prada gets our respect because she only agreed to appear in the movie if she wasn't cast as a model. And her acting isn't so bad, either.

  • 2009: Gisele Is Named a UN Environmental Ambassador


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    Gisele has always been an advocate for healthy living and the environment. In 2009, she seemed a natural fit for the role of UN environmental ambassador. Since her appointment, she has raised money for environmental causes and has undertaken field missions in Brazil and Kenya.

  • 2014: Chanel No. 5 Spokeswoman


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    Ooh la la! Gisele becomes the face of Chanel No. 5 perfume, shoots an incredible commercial/mini film called "The One That I Want" with Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, and proves she isn't really quitting modeling—she's just going to choose fewer projects that help solidify her identity as a fashion icon.


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