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She is the daughter of Valdir and V‚nia BŁndchen, both of German descent . Gisele has three sisters: Raquel, Graziela and Rafaela. Rafaela and Gisele are twins.
While in school, Gisele was so thin that her friends used to call her "OlŪvia Palito" (Portuguese for Olive Oyl, Popeye's skinny friend), "Somaliana" (person from Somalia) and Saracura (kind of bird with long legs). She liked to play volleyball, and had even thought of becoming a professional for Brazilian team Sogipa.
In 1993, Gisele, 13 years old, joined the Dilson Stein's mannequin course to correct her posture, with her sisters PatrŪcia and Gabriela, because her mother insisted. The course was for teenagers who wanted to be a model. In May 1994, Stein took 50 girls to S„o Paulo to give them a chance to walk in a big city and to let them be evaluated by Brazilian Elite bookers (agents). On August 20, 1993 Gisele was playing volleyball for Sogipa , in Porto Alegre. Elite "kidnapped" her and took her to a contest. Gisele came between the five finalists. Then, she went to S„o Paulo. She came in second in the national Elite Look of the Year contest - Claudia Menezes , from Bahia, was the one in the first place. In the world contest, in Ibiza, Gisele came in fourth. In another version, she would have come in sixth.
Gisele has done ads and runway shows for various fashion houses including Valentino, Zara, Bvlgari , Tommy Hilfiger, Chloe, Celine, Versace, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret, and Dolce & Gabbana. She has also appeared on the covers of Allure, Marie Claire, Vogue USA, Vogue Italia, Harperís Bazaar , Arena, and Rolling Stone. Her curvaceous figure prompted Vogue to refer to her body of work as the "return of the sexy model", since she seems to have marked the end of a trend of thinner models such as Kate Moss. In 2000 her annual earnings were reportedly $8 million in 2000 and she commands between $7000 and $15,000 per hour for runway shows.
Gisele has recently received the "Model of the Year" award and has been named "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Rolling Stone. She has also hosted the VH1 Fashion Awards and appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Gisele has a belly button piercing and a star tattoo on her left wrist. She treasures her dog, Vida, and is currently living with actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Los Angeles. Before Leonardo, she had been romantically linked to male model Scott Barnhill , Brazilian tycoon Jo„o Paulo Diniz and actor Josh Hartnett.
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