Brazilian bombshellA look at Gisele Bündchen’s new Taschen book.
Born in the Brazilian countryside, and nearly six feet tall by the age of 14, Gisele Bündchen grew from humble roots into the most successful supermodel in the world. This limited Collector’s Edition celebrates her 20-year milestone in the industry with a unique and spectacular collection of jaw-dropping glamour and intimate, personal insights.
Gisele was just 18 when she made her breakthrough in Alexander McQueen’s 1998 ready-to-wear “Rain” show. The designer chose “The Body” because of her ability to walk in towering heels on a slippery runway. That same year, Gisele secured her first British Vogue cover, and swiftly became the most in-demand cover girl of her generation. The following year, she was chosen for the cover of American Vogue, shot by Steven Meisel, and lauded as “the return of the sexy model” with her bronzed, athletic beauty defying late-’90s grunge.
Since then, Gisele has appeared on more than 1,000 covers around the globe, in approximately 450 fashion shows, and in multinational campaigns for the biggest fashion and beauty brands.
With more than 300 photographs, this large-scale Collector’s Edition published by TASCHEN is personally curated and designed by Gisele in collaboration with Giovanni Bianco. From her legendary nude portrait by Irving Penn, chosen as the book’s cover, to iconic shots from such industry luminaries as David LaChapelle, Juergen Teller, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and Corinne Day, it is a unique artistic presentation of the most famous Brazilian export together with Pelé and Senna and the highest-earning model in the world.
The breathtaking collection is accompanied by tributes from Gisele’s closest friends, family, and fashion leaders, who shed light on how and why she has become one of the greatest models of all time.
We had a glimpse inside the new book: here is some of the outstanding photography readers can expect.