Gisele Bündchen was destined for greatness. She was only 14 when she was discovered, and now, she is known as one of the most famous and wealthiest models in the industry.
In her decades in the business, she has made and broken records. With a big name like her, how rich Gisele Bündchen has become today?
The Start of Gisele Bündchen’s Modeling Career
The now-41-year-old star took a modeling course with her sisters to correct their bad postures in 1993. With her model-perfect body and height, Elite Model Management discovered her in a mall in Sao Paulo.
She then joined Elite Model Look contest and came out second place. At 14, she moved to Sao Paulo to launch her modeling career.
She got her first big break in 1996 at New York Fashion Week. After a year, she tried her luck in 43 shows but was only chosen for two international programs.
She was chosen to walk under the rain for Alexander McQueen in 1998 due to her ability to walk in high heels despite the slippery runway. In the same year, she posed for several famous brands’ ad campaigns, like Missoni, Chloe, Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferre, Ralph Lauren, and Versace.
She then appeared on the cover of posh magazines, such as Vogue Paris, British Vogue, and i-D. In 1999, she graced her first cover of American Vogue.
In 2000, Rolling Stone named her "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” putting her on its cover. At 20 years old, she was lauded for creating a new model category: the Brazillian bombshell.
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Gisele Bündchen’s Success on the Runway
In 2000, Gisele Bündchen had already made 37 international Vogue covers, including three American editions.
She also dominated the fashion week of the said year, opening shows for Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, and Christian Dior in New York, Paris, and Milan.
From 1993 to 2003, she was the face of Dolce and Gabbana’s ad campaigns.
The iconic model signed a $25-million contract with Victoria’s Secret in the same era. However, she officially retired from Fashion Week runway shows.
She then donned the $15-milion Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, called Red Hot Fantasy Brad, the Guinness World Records’ most expensive lingerie ever created.
After five years, she modeled the $12.5-million Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra, the second most expensive bra. However, after two years, she ended her contract with Victoria’s Secret.
She continuously appeared on different posh magazine covers and became Chanel No. 5’s spokeswoman in 2014.
After a year, she appeared in more TV commercials in Brazil. That year, she already had 500 ad campaigns, held 800 fashion shows, and graced 2,000 magazines and 3,5000 magazine editorials.
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Elsewhere, Gisele Bündchen was behind the launch of the designer sandals Ipanema. She was the highest-paid model in the world from 2002 to 2017.
She has already earned $500 million from her modeling and endorsement career, excluding her real estate assets and other non-liquid investments.
In addition, she held the Guinness World Record in 2015 as the model who earned the most money from June 2014 to 2015.
With these figures, Gisele Bündchen has successfully amassed $400 million net worth, per Celebrity Net Worth.
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