Gisele Bundchen is one of the most popular WAGs out there. However, she doesn’t need any introduction as the wife of Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Gisele is a successful model, activist, and businesswoman who originally hails from Brazil. Fashion enthusiasts often remember her journey from an awkward 14-year old teenager model to the highest-paid model in the world, very fondly.
Despite being an independent woman, her high-profile dating life makes headlines from time to time. Before she found her love with Tom, she was dating the superstar Leonardo Dicaprio.
42 years old Gisele has everything a man could ever hope for, wealth, fame, and a lovely family. She is an inspiration to many people all around the world.
Today we will go through the life of the fabulous woman who continues to be loved by fans worldwide despite quitting runway in 2015.
But before we begin, let’s have a look at some interesting quick facts:
Gisele Bundchen: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Gisele Caroline Bündchen|
|Common name||Gisele Bündchen|
|Nick Name||Gise, The Body, Hurricane Gisele, The Midas Queen|
|Birthdate||20 July 1980|
|Age||42 years old|
|Mother’s Name||Vânia Nonnenmacher|
|Father’s Name||Walter Bündchen|
|Birthplace||Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil,|
|Home Town||Horizontina, Brazil,|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||121 pounds, 55 kg|
|Hair Colour||Light Brown|
|Shoe Size||41 (EU)|
|Married||February 26, 2009|
|Children||One Son (Benjamin Brady), One daughter (Vivian Lake)|
|Profession||Model, Businesswoman, Activist|
|Agency||The Lions, IMG Models|
|Affiliated Brands||Victoria’s Secret, Vouge|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter, Instagram|
Gisele Bundchen: Early Life and Family
On July 20, 1980, Gisele was born in Horizontina; the Rio Grande do Sul of southern brazil. Her full name is Gisele Caroline Bundchen. She is a sixth-generation German Brazilian. However, she has long forgotten whatever little german she learned in school.
Her father Valdir Bündchen is a sociliogist and writer, and her mother Vania Nonnenmacher is a bank clerk pensioner.
Besides her four others siblings, she has a fraternal twin, Patricia.
If Gisele had not been a model, there are fair chances she would have been an athlete. Gisele had repeatedly mentioned that she did not even know modeling was a career option when she was a kid.
On top of that, she was an insecure kid; she thought she looked ‘strange.’
As a young girl, she aspired to be a volleyball player. Her height and physique were both ideals for that career.
However, a turn of events happened when her mother enrolled her in a modeling academy along with sisters Patricia and Gabriele.
Vania wanted her daughter to learn elegance, better posture, and confidence, which she thought was important for everyone. So, alongside, they took it as preparation for their debutante ball.
But as fate would have it, it turned out to be an entry ticket to the glamour world for Gisele.
Gisele Bundchen: Rise to fame
After the girls completed the course, they were rewarded with a trip to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Curitiba. While on the trip, she was spotted by Elite Model Management in a shopping mall.
She entered the Agency’s Look of the year contents in 1995, where she was placed second nationally and fourth globally. Following that, she moved to Sau Paulo to launch her modeling career.
Her runway debut was at the new york fashion week in 1996. In 1997, she appeared on the cover of Brazilian Vogue, which brought recognition to her.
Gisele remembers being rejected 42 times in auditions before being cast in an Alexander McQueen runway show in 1998.
After that, she continued to appear frequently in leading magazines and fashion campaigns. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Missoni, and many other brands in 1998.
Bundchen signed with IMG models in 1999. That year, she was featured in the U.S Vogue cover where she was called “the return of the sexy model’. In 2002, a rolling stone magazine called her ‘The most beautiful girl in the world”.
Soon, a contract with Victoria’s Secret followed, which took her career to a new height. It was around this time; she was labeled a supermodel.
Acting and Singing Career
The multitalented lady has appeared in movies as well. She debuted in the comedic thrilled Taxi in 2004. Two years later, she appeared in the hit movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ She had minor roles in both of the films.
Similarly, she has realized two singles so far. All Day and All of the Night was released in 2013, and Heart of Glass in 2014.
Gisele Bundchen: Relationships
Bundchen dated Leonardo Dicaprio for six-year, from 1999-2005. For that period, they were one of the most talked-about couples in Hollywood.
Gisele was a rising star at the time, and she started getting a lot of media attention around 2000 after she got linked to DiCaprio. Howver, Gisele initially avoided talking anything about her relationship.
In November 2002, W magazine featured an article that said the couple had broken up. Gisele mentioned that “Boys are cute. No time for boys. There is nothing else to say.”
They got back together in the mid-2003, and, this time, they were more serious than ever. They went vacationing in Machu Pichu and appeared a few times in public.
During 2003 and 2004, the magazine swore that the relationship was soon turning into marriage. In 2004, people magazine even reported that Leo had purchased a Neil Lane Diamond ring, making fans excited.
In the early 2005, they attended the academy awards together and made fans even more eager to see the couple getting hitched soon.
But to everyone’s surprise, they broke later that year. And they moved on pretty quickly too. By next year they were already with new partners.
Gisele did not reveal the reason for her breakup until significantly later. Towards the end of that relationship, Gisele was experiencing mental health problems.
Panic attacks, anxiety were frequent. Following that, she made some drastic changes in her lifestyle. She cut cigarettes, wines, caffeine and stopped numbing herself with all the work.
Unfortunately, she was the only one interesting in soul searching. It was hard to be changing while your partner stayed the same. So she called it quits.
Meeting Tom Brady
The couple has a fascinating love story. They met first in December 2009, on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Tom had just gotten out of a relationship and was unsure if he was ready to start dating again.
But as soon as he saw her, all his doubts vanished. He thought, ‘she was the most beautiful woman I’ve seen in my life.”.
Gisele didn’t feel any different from Tom. On the contrary, she was charmed by his smile at an instant. “I knew right away- the the first time I saw him,” she said in an interview later. Since that day, they have never spent a single day without talking to each other.
Baby Mama Problems
Everything seemed rosy at the beginning of the relationship. Howver, a situation soon followed which tested the waters of the bond between them.
Shortly after they began dating, Brady found out that his ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant. It was a difficult situation to go through for all of them.
Gisele later wrote in her memoir that she felt like ‘it turned her life upside down.’
Moreover, Brady supported Monahan and is an active part of his son’s life. “He’s the most amazing son,” he once shared in an interview.
Proposal and Marriage
Tom popped the question after two years of dating. Apparently, he played a prank on her to surprise her with the ring.
He called her and said the house was flooding, so she came back quickly. Tom had decorated the house in roses and candles and was ready on his knees with a ring.
The superstar couple married twice! The first ceremony took place on February 26, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. The intimate wedding took only ten days to plan and only had their parents and Tom’s son, John, as guests.
In the following April, they threw another bash, this time in their property in Costa Rica. It was a more meaningful ceremony than before, where about forty guests were invited, just the extended family.
Gisele and Tom welcomed their first kid, a son in 2009 and a daughter in 2012. While the son is named Benjamin Brady, the girl is called Vivian Lake.
Gisele Bundchen: Net Worth
As of 2021, Gisele has a net worth of $400 million. Gisele is a brand in herself. Her modeling career, brand endorsements, book publication, and entrepreneurship contribute to the massive net worth. Similarly, her husband Tom has a fortune of $250 million.
Her product lines include clothing, lingerie, footwear, jewelry, and skincare. Most of these products are environmentally friendly.
From 2002 to 2017, Gisele enjoyed her status as the highest-paid model in the world. In 2011, Bundchen and Brady were named Forbes’s highest-paid celebrity couple in the world.
In 2013, Forbes ranked her third most successful female entrepreneurs in the world.
Gisele has always put philanthropy and activism as an essential part of her superstar personality. After quitting runway in 2015, she has been even more active in the humanitarian works.
Her primary focus is on environmental awareness. After a visit to the Xingu region in Brazil in 2004, she started advocating for forest and water-related projects in the amazon rainforest and Atlantic forest.
In 2008, she and her family launched the ‘Clean Water Project’ in her hometown Horizontona. This project promotes sustainable environmental management and recovery of riparian vegetation in the area.
In September 2009, Giselle was appointed a goodwill ambassador for the united nations environment program. She visited Africa for UNEP in 2012.
In 2013, Bundchen supported the United Nations campaign THINK.EAT.SAVE, which promotes food waste reduction.
In January 2014, she joined the board of directors of the rainforest alliance.
Besides this, she also donates proceeds from her product sales to different campaigns.
She has taken part in many auctions and sales for charitable donations.
She donated $1.5 million to Red Cross for the relief efforts in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake.
Bundchen formed the Luz Alliance fund in 2020 in partnership with the Brazil Foundation. This fund supports health, hygiene, and good to families in brazil in response to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gisele and Tom donated 10 million meals to Feeding America in 2020 in partnership with wheels up.
About Tom Brady
For hardcore football fans or any sports enthusiasts, Tom Brady needs no introduction. He is undoubted one of the best footballers the world has ever seen.
Tom Brady was born as Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. in August 1977 in California, San Mateo. His father, Thomas Brady Sr., is of Irish descent, while his mother, Galynn Patricia Johnson, has german, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish heritage.
Tom started to go to football games in his early childhood and grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
He was athletic since the youth and played baseball, football, and basketball during high school.
Although he had an opportunity to play professional baseball after high school, he gave it up and went to the University of Michigan.
He did not spend much of his first two college years on the field. During his senior year, he helped his team win the orange bowl.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the New England Patriots. He took over as a quarterback in the 2001 season won his first MVP award at super bowl xxxvi.
Needless to say, the supermodel has a considerable fan base that is evident in her social media numbers. Here is a list of her social media fan following:
Instagram: 17.7M followers
Twitter: 4.6M followers
Facebook: 6.2M followers
Frequently Asked Questions
How many languages does Gisele Bundchen Speak?
Gisele has a grasp of five languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian. Howver, she might not be fluent in all of them.
When does Giselse Bundchen wake up?
Gisele wakes up at 5:30 am daily to the sounds of the ocean from her phone. She also meditates every morning, even if just for five minutes.