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Gisele Bündchen Biography

Birth Name:
Gisele Caroline Bündchen
Birth Place:
Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Model, actor

Fast Facts

  • Has a fraternal twin sister, Patricia, who is younger by five minutes
  • Planned to become a professional volleyball player before entering modeling
  • Was discovered by a modeling scout while on a trip to Sao Paulo at age 14, and soon signed with Elite Model Management
  • Although she spoke no English, she moved to New York in 1997
  • Is credited with ushering in a shift in the modeling industry in the late '90s toward women with sexy, curvaceous bodies, as models with starkly thin figures fell out of favor
  • Has publicly supported many charities, including the American Express Red Card campaign, the Music Rising institution and the Florestas do Futuro project
  • Has her own line of sandals, Ipanema Gisele Bündchen, through the footwear company Grendene


  • Vivian Lake Brady -- Daughter
  • Valdir Bundchen -- Father
  • Vania Nonnenmacher -- Mother
  • Gabriela Bundchen -- Sister
  • Graziela Bundchen -- Sister
  • Patricia Bundchen -- Sister
  • Rafaela Bundchen -- Sister
  • Raquel Bundchen -- Sister
  • Benjamin Rein Brady -- Son
  • John Edward Thomas Moynahan -- Stepson