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Date of Birth:
July 20, 1980
Place of Birth:
Horizontina, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
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There may be no hotter property in modeling today than Gisele Bundchen (correctly accented as Gisèle Bündchen). The Brazilian beauty, born July 20, 1980, has graced so many fashion covers of late many are wondering if there are any other models available! 
Gisele got four covers for Vogue in 1999 as the magazine labeled her their model of the year in the process. While growing up in the southern state of Rio Grand do Sul, Gisele most likely had no idea what an amazing future she had in store. When she and her father made her first trip to the big city, model scouts quickly uncovered the gem. While dining at a Sao Paulo McDonalds, Gisele was approached by a modeling agent and despite her father's resistance, moved to the city at the age of 14, and she's lived alone ever since. Refreshingly, Gisele has helped to break the waif mold, and in fact still enjoys the same fast food that helped discover her. Perhaps the reason she doesn't fall into the anorexic trap is because of the humiliation she endured for being so thin as a child, to the point where she told Paris Match "At school they teased me because I was so thin," she added "I was called Olive, after Popeye's wife, or even 'the skeleton'... I looked like a little mosquito. My legs were the same size as my arms... And I was never allowed into the circle of girls who tarted themselves up to go dancing and pull the lads." Nowadays, things are much different for the supermodel, who undoubtedly would bear no resemblance to the Olive character nude.

Gisele's leap up the supermodel chain hasn't come without controversy, as she is one of several models to defect from her original agency Elite to IMG. As with Heidi Klum and others, Elite head John Casablancas has made it seemingly his life's mission to attach Gisele, saying she's a "monster of selfishness" who developed "a pattern of constant thanklessness, pushiness and greed." Casablancas also said Gisele was a stoner who slept her way to the top (though he claims he was misquoted, his actions suggest he's full of it). In fact, a recent blind item in the New York Post saying "Which top model didn't get where she is on looks alone? The increasingly demanding mannequin launched herself by servicing the rakish head of her old agency" seems to uncover perhaps the very reason for his ire. No other model seems to have provoked Casablancas more than Gisele, who fired a $15 million lawsuit against Bundchen. One has to wonder if the source of this feud may in fact lie in the bedroom.

The controversies with Casablancas aside, Gisele has also been brought up in other eye raising events as well, not the least of which are her eye-popping breasts. The Brazilian beauty suggests that her boobs are for real, though Chic Happens referred to them as "the most obvious party tits since Tori Spelling got jacked-up." We can attest, if they are real, they are the most magnificent pair that man has ever created! Perhaps all this oogling and money has gotten to Gisele's head, as she walked off at a Helmut Lang show screaming "I don't have time for this sh*t!", reportedly because the designer only gave her one outfit to wear. Top designer Roberto Cavelli wasn't pleased to see Gisele welch out of a $20,000 payout to do a show for him, when she later demanded $50,000, which brought Cavelli to charge her with extortion.

While Gisele is still quite young, it hasn't stopped her from being paired with several men. Bundchen has been linked with male model Scott Barnhill, and later with  Brazilian billionaire Joao-Paulo Diniz, who reportedly moved Gisele's modeling assignment from Europe to Rio where the much older tycoon could work his charm on young Gisele. Bundchen has also been linked to actor Josh Harnett, though Gisele has denied involvement with any of the men. Gisele's credibility though has been recently tested as she's been seen in full lip-lock with A list actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Reportedly the passionate kiss was prompted by Leo's jealousy at men who were picking up on Gisele at New York's Saci night club. She later appeared at the bar and distanced herself from DiCaprio but when it was time to leave, she told the Titanic star she'd be waiting outside, according to witness reports. Some floated the rumor that her tastes don't end with men, when the Post ran this blind item "Which two Brazilian models are said to be more than just good friends? They're not giving up on men, just enjoying some quality Sapphic moments together in their down time", leading many to believe the women in question were Gisele and perhaps Ford model Mariana Weickert. 

We look for Gisele to start easing into more on-screen presence in the future. Even though she turned down a role in Charlie's Angels, it seems only a matter of time before she finds a position more of her liking in front of the motion picture camera. She has said a film career "I think it would be interesting," but counters "I'm 19 and I like what I do for now and I understand that everything in life happens for the moment."

February 23, 2008 - OK! magazine reports that when asked by reporters in New York City if she was excited for her boyfriend Tom Brady's big game, Gisele Bundchen merely laughed and quickly ran off. Read more.

January 21, 2008 - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was spotted out with his girlfriend Gisele Bundchen for a victory dinner in New York on Sunday (December 30). Check out pictures from TMZ.

January 21, 2008 - Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen were spotted in New York and X17 caught them on their way home from dinner. Check out pictures here.

December 31, 2007 - Gisele Bundchen was spotted shopping around New York City over the weekend with some pals. Check out pictures from X17 and Splash.

November 14, 2007 - Bloomberg reports Gisele Bundchen demanded payment in euros for a Pantene contract, according to Veja, Brazil's biggest weekly magazine. "Contracts starting now are more attractive in euros because we don't know what will happen to the dollar," Patricia Bundchen, the model's twin sister and manager in Brazil, said in a telephone interview in September from Sao Paulo. She declined to discuss details of the arrangements last week. "Gisele has contracts in dollars," said Anne Nelson, Bundchen's agent in New York at IMG Models, in an interview on Monday (November 5). "When she works in Europe she gets paid in euros, when she works in the U.S. she gets paid in dollars, when she works in Brazil she gets paid in reais, and so on and so forth." Read more.

October 31, 2007 - The New York Daily News reports that after Tom Brady led the Patriots to another win against the Dolphins, he and girlfriend Gisele Bundchen hit up SkyBar at The Shore Club, where they kissed so much they barely came up for air. "It was almost embarrassing to watch," said an onlooker. "She was holding his face, and they kept kissing all night. They ignored everyone. But they wore matching outfits, jeans and white tops, and looked cute together."

October 31, 2007 - Gisele Bundchen was spotted in Sydney riding her bike in the mountains recently. Check out pictures from X17.

October 6, 2007 - A koala bear who lives at the Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, caught the eye of Gisele Bundchen. Check out a picture from TMZ.

September 22, 2007 - Colcci U.S. Launch with Spokesmodel Gisele Bundchen took place on September 18th at Bathhouse Studios in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.

September 22, 2007 - Jessica Brinton of the Times of London caught up with Gisele Bundchen while she's in England for a Style photoshoot for Ebel watches, where the supermodel talked about her quiet charity efforts. "I do a lot of different things, but I don't go around and talk about it," she explained. "There are so many things to worry about. Animals are being killed; global warming is happening like crazy; there are children starving all over the world, not only in Africa. But if you talk about something, you have to understand what you're talking about." Read more.

September 9, 2007 - Tom Brady was spotted in New York City on Saturday (September 1), blocking traffic for girlfriend Gisele Bundchen. Check out a picture from TMZ.

August 28, 2007 - 24Sizzler.com hears that Gisele Bundchen and a female friend visited Petit Tresor in Brentwood last Thursday, spending more than $1,000 on gifts for Bridget Moynahan's baby.

August 28, 2007 - Gisele Bundchen is featured on the cover of the German magazine Max for their September issue. Check out scans here.

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