Friday 26 December 2014

Gisele - the most beautiful girl in the world

As the world's highest-paid supermodel, she earned $42m last year. It seems we just can't get enough of

With baby Vivian
With husband Tom Brady, his son Jack and their son Benjamin
With husband Tom Brady
Gisele in her role as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador
She split from Leonardo di Caprio in 2005

By Deirdre Reynolds

Most women would be happy to be told they look a million dollars – supermodel Gisele Bündchen looks 42,000,000 of them.

Brazilian bombshell Gisele (33) has just been named the highest-paid model on the planet by Forbes, raking in $42m (€31m) in the past year alone.

The mother of two's staggering pay day leaves even Kate Moss in the ha'penny place. Mossy earned a mere $5.7m in the same period.

It's the seventh year in a row that Bündchen – who shot to fame as a Victoria's Secret model and is currently the face of Chanel – has topped the list.

And it makes her even richer than her American Football star husband Tom Brady, who made just over $38m in the past year. But out-earning her hubby is just one of the reasons we love Gisele. Here are some of the others ...

* Her name

First Naomi, then Kate and now Gisele – when you're this famous, who needs a surname? Pronounced 'ji-zel', the world's top model has a moniker fit for a princess – she's named after the daughter of French King Charles III. But the exotic name – which comes from the German word for 'pledge' – is perhaps best known from the classic Romantic ballet Giselle. Let's face it, though, when your name rhymes with 'gazelle', you were practically born to be a supermodel.

* She's a devoted mum

Working mum Gisele and hubby Tom have two children, Benjamin (3) and Vivian (eight months). The 33-year-old is also a stepmum to Brady's son Jack (5) from a previous relationship and has said how she sees no distinction between the three. "I understand that [Jack] has a mom and I respect that, but to me it's not like because somebody else delivered him, that's not my child." Gisele herself has five sisters, including non-identical twin Patricia, who works as her public relations manager.

* Not to mention an 'earth mother'

Green goddess Gisele has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 2009, most recently backing its 'Sustainable Energy for All' initiative.

Leading by example, her own $20m LA pad is solar-powered, uses recycled rainwater and has a fruit and vegetable garden.

"I grew up in a small town and I had the opportunity to live surrounded by nature," explains Gisele. "The environment has always been my passion."

* She got that body

Move over, Elle. Now it's Gisele who's nicknamed 'The Body' in fashion circles. The former Victoria Secret's Angel has a perfect 35-23-35 figure. Meanwhile, her legs take up a dizzying 40 inches of her 5'11" inch frame – that's 3 feet and 4 inches of legs alone. It's little wonder she featured on the cover of Vogue Brazil's Body Special issue earlier this year – eight weeks after giving birth, no less.

* But has to work at it

Irish Independent

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