Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen, a global celebrity and one of the most prominent Brazilians in the world, ushered in a wave of Brazilian models to reach international acclaim in the late 1990s, and has been described as the only remaining supermodel.
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Gisele in a Photo Shoot
She gained great fame for her work as a Victoria Secret's angel
between 2000 and 2006, and is currently the world's highest paid model, and the sixteenth richest woman in the entertainment industry, with an estimated fortune of $570 million.

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History
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Having a Laugh with Gisele

Bundchen is a sixth-generation German Brazilian. Raised in a family of five sisters in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, she originally planned on a career as a professional volleyball player. At her mother's insistence, she and her sisters enrolled in a modeling course, and she was soon discovered by a modeling agency while walking around a shopping mall in Sao Paulo.
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She was selected for participation in a national modeling contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she placed second in Brazil, followed by a fourth place win in Ibiza, Spain. She then moved to Sao Paulo and quickly became one of the highest paid models in Brazil, and began to land lucrative international work as well.

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Modeling Career
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Following big breaks in New York City's Fashion Week and London, Bundchen skyrocketed to the top of the modeling world, being named "model of the millennium" by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and "the Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Rolling Stone. She is known for pioneering a style called the "horse walk" whereby the model picks her knees up and kicks her feet out front.

In 2000 she signed a record-breaking $25 million contract with Victoria's Secret. That same year her hourly rate was rumored to top $7,000, and she graced runaways in all the major fashion capitals of the world, including London, Paris, New York, and Milan, being sought out by the world's major designers. She has also branched out from modeling, landing lucrative endorsement and spokeswoman contracts, and investing in businesses and real estate.

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