She's worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 million, she's reportedly dating one of the best-liked players in the NFL, and she was named "the most beautiful girl in the world" by Rolling Stone. Not bad for a girl whose parents named her Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen, and who was so skinny as a young girl that she was frequently referred to as "Olívia Palito" (it's Portuguese for Olive Oyl).
It didn't just happen overnight, of course. Gisele attended modeling school as a teenager, and though she initially aspired to be a volleyball player, a life on the catwalk wasn't something she simply fell into. Then again, once she made the leap to full-time modeling, it wasn't as though she needed to go begging photographers to take her picture; at the tender age of 14, she placed fourth in a worldwide modeling contest, and two years later, she made her American debut at Fashion Week.
Since then, of course, she's been featured prominently in a whole stack of major publications, she's won the VH1/Vogue Model of the Year Award, and she's even started an acting career. (Okay, she started it with 2004's wretched Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah-led "Taxi," but she's Brazilian -- maybe she couldn't read the script.)
Her personal dance card has been similarly crowded; she's been publicly linked with Leonardo DiCaprio, Kelly Slater, and -- most recently -- Tom Brady. If this all dashes your hopes for a hookup with Bündchen, all is not lost -- there's always her twin sister, Patricia.
Here's Gisele with Victoria's Secret on the catwalk.
Gisele Bündchen in GQ
Gisele Bündchen on the Web
Best editorials of Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen's sexy spread in MAXIM.
Highest-paid supermodel in the world does a Mac commercial.
The official Gisele Bündchen website.
A comprehensive list of Gisele's on-screen credits.
TV Guide: Gisele Bündchen
Gisele Bündchen Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
Gisele Bündchen - Wikipedia
Everything you ever wanted to know about Gisele Bündchen, but were afraid to ask.
Fan site with galleries, wallpaper, and related links.
New York Magazine Model Profile
Profile and slideshows featuring Gisele both on and off the runway.
Cinema Source.com Interview
Gisele talks about one of her few cinematic appearances – “Taxi.”
Gisele Bündchen: Gossip Girl
Gisele stops by GQ for a sexy photo shoot and interview. Check out an excerpt below:
Has any man ever turned you down? Do you have any reason to believe any man ever would?
I’ve always been in serious relationships. I meet someone and date him for a long period. I don’t sit there thinking, like, “I wonder if I can seduce that guy.” I have other things in my mind.
In 2002 you told an interviewer that you’d never had your heart broken. Is that still true today?
I’ve had my heart broken. But I think you can have your heart broken by your friends that you trust, or by—I don’t think it necessarily has to be… I think sometimes you have high expectations for people because you have high expectations for yourself.
After the Patriots lost the Super Bowl—and their chance at an undefeated season—you and Brady went on a lengthy tour of Latin America and Europe. Was he distraught about the loss?
All I have to say about that is that I was really proud of him. Winning eighteen games in a season, I think it’s amazing. I mean, I’m talking for myself. I can’t talk for him, okay?
You’re a worldly supermodel; he’s an athlete from San Mateo, California. Are you teaching him about things like Riesling and seviche and langoustines?
Your questions are funny. Look, all I’m saying—do you want some ChapStick?—is I’m not teaching anybody anything. Everybody learns from traveling. I think we all do. I really don’t know how to answer that question, I’m sorry.
Gisele on Video
Harper’s Bazaar Photoshoot
Behind the scenes look at Gisele posing for Harper’s Bazaar.
Vanity Fair Cover Shoot
September 2007 shoot with Gisele.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows
Highlights of Gisele from various Victoria’s Secret shows.
Gisele on Conan O’Brien
Gisele chats with Conan in a 2005 visit to the show.
Retrospective, 1998 – 2004
A look at Gisele’s various catwalk appearances.
Giesle on the Screen
In addition to the numerous fashion show appearances and guest spots on talk shows, Gisele has appeared in a couple of New York-based fiction films: her screen debut came in the 2004 comedy “Taxi” starring Jimmy Fallon, and she made a cameo appearance in 2006 in “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Gisele has openly spoken about her relationship with Patriots QB Tom Brady which both kept mum for a long time. In 2007, according to Forbes magazine, Gisele netted $33 million in 2007 – and $38 million in the first half of 2008. She has now graced more covers than any other supermodel – including the March 2008 Vogue cover with Lebron James.
On her sleeping habits:
"Sometimes when it's too hot, I just sleep in my underwear. If it's colder, I sleep in pajamas. I don't like to feel closed in. I like no pillows. I like very fluffy beds. I sleep on my stomach and sometimes on my side, but never on my back. Now, if I have my boyfriend with me, I kick him out of bed, because I move around a lot. I'm the worst person. I steal blankets."
On counting her blessings:
"I was somebody who was 14 years old and who got an opportunity to do a job where I could make money, and, most important, to go to school and to help my family financially. And luckily I was successful in my job, thank God. And there were a lot of people my age who didn't have that freedom I had and I'm grateful."
On turning 25:
"I've been waiting, like, a quarter of century to be a quarter of a century, can you believe it?"
On her relationships:
“I meet someone and date him for a long period. I don’t sit there thinking, like, ‘I wonder if I can seduce that guy.’ I have other things in my mind.”
On meeting Patriots QB Tom Brady:
“Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did. So I guess he was right.”