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Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen (born July 20, 1980) is a Brazilian supermodel. She is recognized as being one of the most successful and highest-paid models in the world. Since her introduction to the fashion scene in the 1990s, she has appeared on many billboards and magazine covers, as well as numerous TV and print ads. Bündchen is currently the face of more than 20 brands worldwide from countries including the United States, Russia, Brazil, Italy, France, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, South Korea, Germany and Switzerland. According to Forbes, she is currently the sixteenth richest woman in entertainment world, having earned $33 million in 2006, adding to her estimated $150 million fortune. She is currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's richest supermodel".
Bündchen was born in the Brazilian town of Três de Maio in Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul. She has five sisters — Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Rafaela and her fraternal twin Patrícia, Gisele's junior by five minutes. Bündchen was raised in a Southern Brazilian state largely settled by German immigrants. Both of her parents are Brazilians with German ancestry and she belongs to the sixth generation of her family in Brazil.
Originally, Bündchen wanted to be a professional volleyball player and considered playing for the Brazilian team, Sogipa. While in school, Bündchen was so thin that her friends used to call her "Olívia Palito" (Portuguese for Olive Oyl, Popeye's skinny girlfriend), and "Saracura" (a type of Brazilian shorebird).
In 1993, a then-13-year-old Bündchen joined a modeling course with her sisters Patrícia and Gabriela at her mother's insistence. The course, instructed by Dilson Stein, was designed for teenagers aspiring to become models. The following year, Stein took Bündchen, along with some other girls to São Paulo to give them an opportunity to walk in a big city and to be evaluated by Brazilian Elite agents. She was subsequently selected for a national contest, Elite Look of the Year, in which she placed second — Claudia Menezes, from Bahia, took first place. Bündchen placed fourth in the world contest, held in Ibiza, Spain. In 1996, Bündchen moved to New York City to begin her modeling career, debuting at Fashion Week.
Gisele's debut on the cover of the July 1999 issue of Vogue magazine, and the accompanying editorial entitled, "The Return of the Sexy Model" is widely viewed as marking the end of the fashion's "heroin chic" era.
An American economist named Fred Fuld developed a stock index to measure the profit performance improvement of companies represented by Gisele Bündchen compared to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. According to Fuld, the Gisele Bündchen Stock Index was up 15% during the interval of time between May and July of 2007, substantially surpassing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which was up just 8.2%.
Bündchen has long been a social activist, lending her support and image for a number of charities and humanitarian causes, like the I am African campaign, painting her face for protesting against the lack of attention above the HIV African victims and also was, without payment, the face of American Express red campaign, a initiative launched by U2 front man Bono Vox and Bobby Shriver to send a money percentage of financial transactions with this credit card for HIV African victims.
She already gave a São Paulo Fashion Week's payment check for Zero Hunger (in Portuguese: Fome Zero), a Brazilian government program introduced by the Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 2003, and nowadays, her main social activism is to protect the Amazon Rainforest water sources, donating for this cause a percentage of profits reached with her line of sandals.