It was confirmed last week that Gisele Bundchen is quitting the runway. She’ll still be modelling – and making more money OFF the runway, because runway isn't where it’s lucrative anyway – but there will be no more catwalking. Sao Paolo will be the last.
Today she posted this shot of herself at 14, at her first fashion show, on Instagram. Like you needed a reminder how OBVIOUS it was that she would become Gisele Bundchen, one of the legends of the profession.
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 🙏🙏🙏 Sou muito grata por ter tido a oportunidade, aos 14 anos, de iniciar esta jornada. Hoje, após 20 anos nesta carreira, é um privilégio estar fazendo meu último desfile por escolha própria e ainda continuar trabalhando em outras facetas da indústria. #primeirodesfile #14anos
Shortly after, Gisele Bundchen became a top model. For years, THE top model. Arguably still the top model. Married to the top quarterback. And she’ll earn more than him for longer than he will. What did we do with our lives?
Just to torture ourselves, why don’t we enjoy this Gisele runway retrospective?
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