Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Retires From Catwalk With One Last, Teary Walk – 18.04.2015
There were tears, hugs, and a standing ovation as supermodel Gisele Bundchen strode the catwalk one last time on her home turf in Brazil on Wednesday.
Gisele, the world’s top-earning model, made her final sashay down the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the same event where she made her debut 20 years ago.
She opened and closed the show for Brazilian label Colcci, bringing full circle a runway career that launched her to stardom.
In the first row were family and friends she invited including her parents and American football star husband Tom Brady.
Gisele, 34, appeared calm and smiled. The whole show took about 20 minutes.
But when a crowd of men and women models strode out in jeans and white T-shirts with her image on them, she stayed composed for a bit before bursting into tears. She hugged friends and waved to well-wishers.
The Brazilian bombshell announced last month she was retiring from runway modeling, saying she wanted to spend more time with husband, New England Patriots quarterback Brady, and their two children, Benjamin and Vivian.
She also told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, “My body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop.”
She will continue modeling off the runway and promoting her lingerie line, Gisele Bundchen Intimates, launched in 2011 for the Brazilian label Hope.
Her final runway show was a symbolic return to her roots.