Gisele Bundchen is a Brazilian supermodel who reigned as the most paid model in the world for many years until she was recently toppled by Kendall Jenner.
Those who don’t recognize her as a model still get to know her as Tom Brady’s wife.
Meanwhile, apart from being a model, Gisele is also an actress, entrepreneur, and a few others things including a cartoon producer.
Gisele Bundchen Wiki, Twin, Siblings
Of German-Brazilian descent, the supermodel was born Gisele Caroline Bündchen on July 20, 1980. She was raised alongside her twin sister, Patricia who is the younger of the two, and her other siblings, Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela and Rafaela. The siblings were brought up in Três de Maio, Southern Brazil.
Interestingly, Gisele’s career first choice was to become a professional volleyball player, however, those dreams changed when her mom insisted that she joined a modeling course and at 13 years old, she was discovered by Elite, a modeling agency. She was selected for several national contests including Elite Look of The Year and Elite Model Look where she came 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Gisele became successful in a number of other contests and moved to New York at the age of 16 where she officially launched her modeling career at the 1996 New York fashion week. Gisele quickly rose to fame and attracted the attention of many high-end fashion brands. Today she is a force to reckon with having pioneered the famous “horse walk”.
Relationship with Tom Brady
The relationship between Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady has not only been one of a very powerful combination with a very powerful supermodel and arguably the greatest footballer ever, it has also been one of the most sustained. The two began dating as far back as 2006 after they were set on a blind date by their friends.
They got married in Costa Rica in 2009, and in that same year, they welcomed their first child, Benjamin Brady. Vivian Lake Brady, their daughter was born in 2012. Prior to the marriage between Brady and Gisele, Tom had dated Bridget Moynahan with whom he had a son, John Edward Thomas who was born in 2007.
Even as their relationship has been regarded almost as crystal as what David and Victoria Beckham have, they also had some little problems which they were able to manage well. This problem was triggered by the infamous Deflation Saga which Brady was linked to.
Career Gigs and Earnings
Gisele has been hired by some of the world’s biggest fashion brands including Versace, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, and Christian Dior. Her non-apparel campaigns include brands like Nivea, Volkswagen, Apple Inc, Ebel, Credicard and more.
Gisele has graced the cover of magazines for more than 600 times, 120 of those for Vogue, making her the Brazilian model with the highest Vogue appearances. Apart from Vogue, her other fashion appearances include Elle, W and Harper Bazaar while non-fashion related magazine includes Esquire, Arena, Rolling Stones and GQ. Gisele has been featured in Newsweek, Times and Forbes magazines.
Since 2004, Gisele Bundchen has held the title of the highest-paid model in the world. She once made a total of $44 million beating her counterparts with a mammoth gap in a certain year. Also, it is said that she makes about $130,000 per day from ad campaigns.
Gisele Bundchen Net Worth
Gisele isn’t only banking from the poses she strikes for the cameras or walking the runways, she is equally a shrewd businesswoman. She has her own line of intimates called Gisele Bundchen Intimates and launched a line of sandals called Impanema under a Brazilian footwear company. In her home country, she owns a hotel named Palladium Executive.
Gisele has appeared in a couple of movies including “Taxi” and “Devil Wears Prada” which brought her a paycheck of $1.8 million and $350,000 respectively. The former which was the most successful also received two Teen Choice Award Nominations.
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Gisele retired from the runway last year, 2015 but continues to bank from lucrative contracts with Channel, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci and more.
As stated, she is married to New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady and together with their two kids, they are among the richest families in Hollywood with a combined net worth of $480 million. It is believed that the model alone is worth almost $300 million.
The couple built a $20 million eco-manse in Brentwood California and after living in it for some years, they sold it to the famous rapper, producer Dr Dre for $40 million. They currently live in a $40 million mansion in Brookline, Massachusetts. Both houses are considered among the most expensive celebrity houses.
Gisele has been involved in a number of charitable activities, she donated proceeds from the sales of her book which was a commemoration of her 2-decade modeling career to charity. She helped raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief and St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research. She supports causes and NGO’s like I Am African, Zero Hunger, Red Cross, Save The Children and Doctors Without Borders.