Not only did her husband, Tom Brady, watch from the front row, he also shared a note on Facebook in honor of his wife's big move. And, People StyleWatch reports that Bündchen strut her last strut surrounded by fellow models all wearing shirts featuring illustrations of her face — a sweet homage to the 34-year-old, who has collaborated with the Brazilian brand for decades now.
Gisele acknowledged her last runway appearance on Instagram with a photo of herself at her first runway show at the age of 14. She wrote, "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."
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
In the '90s, she was one of the early Brazilian models to find fame internationally, alongside the likes of Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Isabeli Fontana. She parlayed her runway success into all aspects of fashion, including dozens of campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Givenchy, Chloé, and practically every big-name designer you can think of. Perhaps most impressive, though, is Gisele's ability to tread the line between mass-market and high-fashion, proving that it is possible to be a Victoria's Secret Angel and the face of Chanel. In so doing, she paved the way for fellow crossover acts Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn.
If '90s stars Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington were some of the first supermodels to become household names, then Gisele helped to pioneer turning modeling into a personal brand. She's consistently ranked as the wealthiest model in the world; she's branched out into design with Ipanema by Gisele Bündchen and Gisele Bündchen intimates, and even dipped into acting with The Devil Wears Prada. Gisele has shown that becoming a successful model is so much more than just runways and campaign cameos — which is good news for her fans, because she'll have other areas of the business to pursue. As she summed it up perfectly to the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, "Stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself.” We can't wait to see what's next.