It’s the end of an era. Well, as least for Gisele Bündchen. After 20 years of dominating the runways, the supermodel turned entrepreneur and yogi announced yesterday via Instagram that she would take to the
runway one last time back on home turf in Brazil.
With her parents and husband Tom Brady (who, by the way, left a heartfelt message on Facebook) in front row, the model closed the Colcci show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week yesterday. Bündchen took her final bow with an entourage of fellow models paying homage to her wearing white T-shirts of various images of the top model’s face. Cue the waterworks.
During an interview for Brazilian newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, the 34-year-old mother of two explained that it was her body that had told her to slow things down. “I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop.” Bündchen continued on saying this choice will also give her the opportunity to work on other projects within the industry.
Her runway days may be over, but we know she’ll continue to work—Forbes didn’t name her the highest paying modelfor nothing (she earned $47 million last year alone). With contracts still in the works for brands like Chanel and Stuart Weitzman, Bündchen’s face (and beach-waves) can still be seen everywhere. And now with more time on her hands, we can’t wait to see what she has in store in the near future.
So in honour of Bündchen hanging up her runway heels for the last time, we round up her 10 best career moments of all time, including several scantily-clad turns as a Victoria’s Secret angel.