A new release by TASCHEN has just reminded us how much of a bombshell supermodel Gisele Bündchen really is
Gisele Bündchen is a lot of things: Wife (to Tom Brady), mother of two and owner of a pair of legs which go on for days. Oh, and she's also the highest paid model of all time according to Forbes.
Not that that's the subject of her new book. Curated by Bündchen herself, the 536-page coffee table tome published by TASCHEN features over 300 photographs from her illustrious career — one which encompassed more than 1,000 covers, 450 catwalk runs and numerous campaigns. Wasn't there a time when Bündchen's face wasn't everywhere? She exploded onto the scene in 1998 thanks to Alexander McQueen in her catwalk debut, proving to the industry that there was an alternative to the waif-like, "cocaine chic" standard of beauty at that time after all. Bündchen could be posing in a dustbin and still make it look desirable.
Irving Penn's nude portrait shoot of her in 1999 makes the cover, which opens to unveil other works by esteemed lenses such as David LaChapelle, Juergen Teller, Inez and Vinoodh, and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The book's a fitting tribute to the 35-year-old model, who retired from the runway in April. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by her, it retails at a whopping US$700, with all proceeds going to a charity of her choice.