The End Of An Era: Gisele Bündchen retires.

2013-11-Gisele-Bundchen-Wallpaper2Do you ever wonder where supermodels go after they are no longer modeling. Surely there is a bevy of stunning ladies always at the ready to step onto a runway, in front of a camera, pose for selfies to show across Instagram, but a decided ripple effect occurs in the fashion world when a model icon retires. Such was the case this past week when Gisele Bündchen walked her last runway for Colcci during São Paulo Fashion Week.

Gisele (like all super dooper models the lady is known by one name as much as her two) went out working hard, revealing three different looks for her Colcci appearance. She also came out at the close of the show to celebrate with the rest of the models who were all wearing tees sporting Gisele’s face on their front. Hugged by model Fernanda Tavares at the end of this show attended by her husband Tom Brady and family, Gisele cried over the much deserved ovation she received.

Across one of her Instagram posts for the week Gisele offered this opinion about her stunning career:

“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.”

As the highest paid model in the world (since 2006) the Brazilian-born Gisele rose to prominence in the late 90’s ending what was termed the “heroin chic” model paradigm made infamous by the likes of Kate Moss. Gisele’s “horse walk” saw models copying her high-kick style of runway walking but beyond her modeling the lady has acted in movies like Taxi and The Devil Wears Prada and has been recognized for her support of charities like Save the Children, Doctors without Borders and as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environmental Programme.