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Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Caroline Bundchen, often simply known as Gisele, was born on July 20, 1980 in Três de Maio, near Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil.

She is the daughter of Valdir and Vânia Bündchen, both of German descent. Gisele has three sisters: Raquel, Graziela and Rafaela. Rafaela and Gisele are twins.

Gisele-Caroline Bundchen

While in school, Gisele was so thin that her friends used to call her "Olívia Palito" (Portuguese for Olive gisele caroline bundchenOyl, Popeye's skinny friend), "Somaliana" (person from Somalia) and Saracura (kind of bird with long legs). She liked to play volleyball, and had even thought of becoming a professional for Brazilian team Sogipa.

In 1993, Gisele, 13 years old, joined the Dilson Stein's mannequin course to correct her posture, with her sisters Patrícia and Gabriela, because her mother insisted. The course was for teenagers who wanted to be a model. In May 1994, Stein took 50 girls to São Paulo to give them a chance to walk in a big city and to let them be evaluated by Brazilian Elite bookers (agents). On August 20, 1993 Gisele was playing volleyball for Sogipa, in Porto Alegre. Elite "kidnapped" her and took her to a contest. Gisele came between the five finalists.

Then, she went to São Paulo. She came in second in the national Elite Look of the Year contest - Claudia Menezes, from Bahia, was the one in the first place. In the world contest, in Ibiza, Gisele came in fourth. In another version, she would have come in sixth.

Gisele has done ads and runway shows for various fashion houses including Valentino, Zara, Bvlgari, Tommy Hilfiger, Chloe, Celine, Versace, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret, and Dolce & Gabbana. She has also appeared on the covers of Allure, Marie Claire, Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, Arena, and Rolling Stone. Her curvaceous figure prompted Vogue to refer to her body of work as the "return of the sexy model"

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