Gisele Bundchen, look back at the career of the top retiree

Rumors were rife but yesterday, her spokesperson confirmed: at 34, Gisèle Bündchen, is retiring from fashion shows and catwalks.

"Gisele will be focusing on special projects and also spending more time on her number one priority: her family," read a statement from Patricia Bundchen, the model's sister and spokesperson. . She chose to parade one last time during Sao Paulo Fashion Week (from April 13 to 17) for the Colcci brand. But we cannot qualify this desire as a retirement: the highest paid supermodel in the world will continue to participate in shootings for campaigns and magazines.

First fashion show at 14

The Brazilian started in the fashion world nearly 20 years ago. At 14, she was already marching! It was designer Alexander McQueen who really put her foot in the fasshion sphere by representing her in 1997. Her career quickly took off. She travels the whole world, participates in all the fashion weeks, chained luxury contracts and will do all the covers of the most prestigious magazines, from Vogue, to Marie Claire or Cosmopolitan and Elle. Gisèle Bündchen at her peak becomes one of the angels of Victoria's Secret.

Of German origin, this young blonde woman of 1m80 with an athletic physique was born in the state of Rio Grande do Sul (south), land of immigration for many Europeans. Coming from a large family, Gisele Bundchen remained close to her mother and her sisters, including her twin sister who manages her career. She herself has forged a solid career over the years that has taken her to the top, recently signing a contract with the American sportswear brand Under Armor for more than 25 million dollars, according to Forbes. A businesswoman, she also launched her own lingerie line in 2011, "Gisele Bundchen Intimates", for the Hope brand, confident of considering opening her own stores from now on.

Gisele Bundchen, retour sur la carrière de la plus top des retraitées

No sex, no drugs, no rock n' roll

His asset and his power: "His discipline and his commitment to his work, for example, help to avoid problems of inappropriate exposure in the press", explains Forbes again. This smooth image, far from the "sex and drugs and rock'n roll" escapades of Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss, is also fueled by social networks, where she likes to post images of family scenes and evoke her interest in yoga, healthy eating and outdoor activities.

On the love side, she lived nearly 5 rather chaotic years with Leonardo di Caprio before consoling herself with surfer Kelly Slater. But in December 2006, his meeting with Tom Brady will change everything. She knows it's "the one, from the first sight", she will admit. They married in 2009 and have two children together Benjamin, 6, and Vivian, 4. The 37-year-old American footballer and the star model regularly form in the tops of magazines one of the most bankable couples in the world! According to Forbes magazine, she alone earned $47 million last year.

"Thank you for all your affection and love," she wrote to her fans on her Facebook profile on Wednesday.