The world’s highest paid model retires from the catwalk after twenty years.
After 20 years rocking the runway, 34-year-old supermodel Gisele Bündchen has confirmed rumors that she plans to retire from the runway after Brazil’s São Paulo Fashion Week.
Bündchen, who has two children with her husband, professional football player Tom Brady made the announcement via Instagram on Wednesday with an accompanying throwback photo of herself at the beginning of her career:
I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. 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. #firstrunway #14yearsold
“I don’t see how to continue” modeling on the catwalk, Bündchen explained in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper interview, which was syndicated by Yahoo. “And stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself. Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop,”
According to Forbes’ 2014 Celebrity 100 list, Bündchen is the 42nd-highest-paid celebrity in the world and the highest-paid supermodel, a title she has held for the past eight years.
Gisele Bündchen is the US face of Pantene and the face of Oral-B in Brazil. Bündchen will continue to work in print and other facets of the fashion and beauty industry.
By Monique C. Tillman