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 Q:   Ask a Question about BIOGRAPHY: GISELE BUNDCHEN       
Gisele Bundchen was born in Brazil and she grew up in Horizontina. Her parents, Vania Nonnenmacher, a bank clerk pensioner and Valdir Bundchen, a university teacher and writer.

She had five sisters Raquel, Gabriela, Rafaela, Graziela and Patricia who was her twin sister who was younger to her by 8 minutes. She is a Roman Catholic and spoke Portuguese as her native language but she also spoke Spanish and English.

Originally she wanted to be a professional volleyball player in the Brazilian team. She was given the name ‘Olivia Palito' and ‘Saracura' as she was so thin during her school days. When she was thirteen she joined a modeling course with her sisters and the following year she sent to Sao Paulo on a school excursion to walk in a big city.

Once she was eating in McDonal d's with her friends, she was discovered by a modeling agency. She moved to New York City to begin her modeling career and made her debut at Fashion week.

She consistently worked with photographers such as Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Nino Munez, Steven Meisel and Rankin, and with renowned directors such as Jean Baptiste Mondino.

She entered the film industry in 2004 playing the bank robber's leader Vanessa in the remake of Taxi. She played a minor character in the movie The Devil Wears Prada in 2006.

Bundchen began dating Tom Brandy after she had relationships with actor Leonardo Dicaprio and Kelly Slater. On Thursday, February 26, 2009, she married Brady in a small Catholic ceremony and on April 5, 2009, they remarried in a larger ceremony in Costa Rica.

On June 19, 2009, People magazine reported that Bundchen was pregnant with her first child with Brady. She gave birth to a boy in Boston on December 8 and named him Benjamin.

Brazilian singer and songwriter Gabriela along with Pedro César paid homage to Gisele by writing a song Tributo a Gisele which is the theme of the model's official website.

One of her black and white photograph which was shot by Irving Penn was auctioned for £96,000. The picture was one of the dozens from the collection of Gert Elfering. Gisele's picture reached the highest bid in comparison to any other picture.

She was also featured in an artistic nude pose on the cover of the work retrospective book of Australian photographer Russell James.

By FW Editor

Tags: brazil, actress, relationship

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 07 April '10

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