Gisele Bundchen had her last catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in her native Brazil. Watch video of the supermodel, who is retiring at age 34, making her swan song appearance with husband, NFL star quarterback Tom Brady in the audience.
The 34-year-old supermodel is leaving the runway 20 years after making her debut at age 14. And, what a career it has been. From the early days as an unknown teenager in Brazil she has gone on to become the world’s highest paid supermodel for the past ten years. And, in her personal life she has flourished as well, as wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and mother of their two young children.
The statistics attest to a successful career; Gisele Bundchen’s net worth is $386 million, according to Forbes. In just the past year, she has earned $48 million. For those who don’t have a calculator handy, that’s an average of $128,000 a day, which for many would be a dream salary for a full year!
Longevity in an industry that is fueled by passing fads, trends, and above all extreme youthfulness, prospering for 20 years is no easy feat.
Bundchen’s final catwalk was for the Brazilian label Colcci, and she was seen in a gorgeous white lace summery dresses accessorized by tall, lace-up gladiator style leather sandals.
Along with her husband, Tom Brady, members of her family were also on the sidelines, including her parents, parents Vania and Valdir Bundchen and her sister Gabriela Bundchen.
Later, her husband took to Facebook, to write a tribute to his wife, saying, in part, “‘Congratulations Love of my Life, you inspire me every day to be a better person. I am so proud of you and everything you have accomplished on the runway. I have never met someone with more of a will to succeed and determination to overcome any obstacle in the way.”
She herself had taken to Instagram earlier in the day and posted a photo of herself at age 14 with a caption, “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey.”
And what a journey it has been. We can expect that it has hardly begun, as Bundchen enters a new phase in the industry, and continues as an inspiring, trailblazing entrepreneur in an industry which, to say the very least, makes longevity and survival a struggle.
You can see pictures of Gisele Bundchen’s last catwalk here, and watch video below!