Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen retires from the runway
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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen retires from the runway

Gisele Bündchen bid adieu to the catwalk Wednesday night, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in São Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend.

The 34-year-old Brazilian mother of two, who is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady, has said she wants to spend more time with her family but has also vowed to continue working in the industry. Brady was on hand for Bündchen’s final appearance, competing with his wife for the cameras’ attention as he took in the spectacle from the first row.

As the world’s highest-paid model, according to a 2014 ranking by Forbes magazine, Bündchen is the face of Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Pantene and other top brands. She also designs her own line of flip flops and lingerie.

A household name the world over, Bündchen rivals soccer legend Pele for the status of Brazil’s most internationally famous citizen, and her meteoric rise from a middle-class family in a small, rural town to superstar is the stuff of modeling legend.

In a posting Wednesday on her Instagram account, Bündchen wrote, “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.”

Associated Press