Gisele Bündchen. The Return of the Sexy Model
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Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen

TASCHEN’s sexy books with supermodel Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel and actress Gisele Bündchen was born in a remote part of Brazil, but that didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most well-known and highest paid models of all time. Bündchen first found success in international modeling with her appearance in Alexander McQueen’s spring 1998 ready-to-wear show. McQueen famously hired her for her intoxicating looks, calling her “The Body,” and for her ability to walk down a wet runway in very high heels. Shortly after that she secured her first British Vogue cover shot; that same year the magazine was also giving her credit for “The Return of the Sexy Model.” The Brazilian became known for her “horse walk,” a stomping movement made on stage when a model picks up her knees high and kicks her feet out in front her. With her good looks and signature catwalk style, Bündchen quickly skyrocketed into model and fashion fame. From 2000 until 2007 she was one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, the brand’s renowned models, and has been the cover girl for numerous brands, like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. She has appeared on the cover of countless style magazines: W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Allure, and international editions of Vogue, to mention only a few. Numerous famous photographers, including Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, David LaChapelle, Peter Lindbergh, and Mario Testino have photographed her. Giovanni Bianco curated the selection of over 300 photographs for her book with TASCHEN, and Steven Meisel contributed the introduction.

Bündchen continues to model, but is also an actress, playing a supporting role in the 2004 film Taxi, and a supporting role in fashion flick The Devil Wears Prada (2006). From 2010 to 2011 she was the executive producer of an educational cartoon, Gisele & the Green Team, which sought to teach children about environmental issues. Despite being so active, Bündchen met and married New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2009. Including tributes from her closest friends, family, and fashion leaders, TASCHEN’s glamorous Gisele exposes the many dimensions of the long-legged beauty from Brazil.

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