Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a Brazilian beauty who is the world's highest paid model, strutted he stuff in an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said would be her last stroll down the runway after a 20-year career that made her a fashion legend.
The 34-year-old mother of two who is married to NFL quarterback Tom Brady said she wants to spend more time with her family, but she also has vowed to continue working in the industry. Bundchen is the face of Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Pantene and other top brands. She also designs her own line of flip flops and lingerie.
She posted news of her runway retirement on Twitter and Instagram in English and Portuguese on Wednesday.
She was born and raised along with five sisters, including a fraternal twin, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, a center of German immigration to Brazil. Bundchen was discovered by a modeling agency at age 14, and she came in second place in a nationwide modeling contest before moving to New York to work the fashion runways.
_ This report includes information from The Associated Press