Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Struts On Catwalk One Last Time: A Tribute In Pictures


Brazil-born supermodel Gisele Bundchen has packed up her fashionable boots and bid adieu to the catwalk, strutting on the runway for one last time.

On Thursday, April 15, Bundchen walked the ramp in the final show of her illustrious modeling career. Fittingly, Bundchen's swan song was at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week—in her home country—as she graced the pristine white runway for Colcci's show. The supermodel has been the face of the Brazilian street wear label since 2005.

In a post on her Instagram account on Wednesday, the supermodel reflected on her journey in the fashion world since she was just 14 years old.

 I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business. #firstrunway #14yearsold

In March, Bundchen announced that she would be retiring from the runway. The 34-year-old is married to Tom Brady, the NFL quarterback. The couple have two children, and Bundchen has revealed that she wants to spend time with her family. However, the supermodel will not take a complete sabbatical from the world of fashion and will continue to work in the industry.

"Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop," revealed Bundchen to Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on her retirement decision. "I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop. Stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself."

Bundchen has the distinction of being the highest paid model in the world, based on a Forbes ranking in 2014. She is the face of top brands such as Chanel, Carolina Herrera, and Pantene. She is perhaps best known for being a Victoria's Secret model. She also has her own line of lingerie and flip flops.

In terms of popularity on an international level, Bundchen rivals none other than Brazilian soccer legend Pele as the country's most famous citizen.

Prior to hitting the runway for the final time, Bundchen shared a picture of her sipping on coconut backstage on Instagram, teasing fans with an "Almost ready!"

 Almost ready!! ✨✨✨ Quase pronta!

A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) on Apr 15, 2015 at 4:49pm PDT

For her final runway show, Bundchen donned three looks: an A-line white lace mini dress; an ivory sundress with salmon stripes; and, rounding it off, a tank top and painted-on jeans.

As Bundchen readied for the final bow, a gamut of models sashayed down the ramp wearing jeans and t-shirts that had Bundchen's image across. The supermodel wove her way in for the final goodbye flashing a broad smile and holding back tears.

Gisele Bundchen's Final Walk Down the Runway

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