Flashback Friday: It’s Gisele Bündchen’s World
A retrospective look back on the Brazilian supermodel bombshell’s most iconic moments in V
Welcome to GISELERAMA! A celebration tribute to the Brazilian-born supermodel of the century. From the catwalks and main stages of iconic fashion houses, and with over 2,000 magazine covers under her belt, Bündchen has captivated the fashion and modeling realm for over two decades. Standing the test of time, the bombshell has proven seasons may change, but Gisele is forever.
Remaining a fixture in the V world since its genesis, Gisele has always made time for the magazine, despite the trailblazing trajectory she’s been on. Gisele added environmental activist to her already impressive resume in 2008 through her appointment as the United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador. Bündchen brought substance to fashion, stepping far beyond the limitations of catwalks, campaigns, and covers, to champion environmental causes back when it was much less popular to do so. Immerse in Bünchen’s namesake appearances in V Magazine throughout the years, below.
Some people are just born to be models, but not all models get to be Gisele. Here is her longstanding history with V Magazine.
– Stephen Gan, Editor-in-Chief, V Magazine
PHOTOGRAPHY BY REGAN CAMERON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY INEZ & VINOODH
“Gisele is one of the few supermodels that realized she could reach her full potential being unburdened by hang-ups around physical appearance which hold back most humans. She brings unbridled energy to every shoot, and managed to harness that now to use her platform and fame to inspire us all to take care of the earth as a climate activist. She is the original on-time & no drama supermodel ringing in the 2000s with this new, sporty, no-nonsense attitude mixed with a strong sense of spirituality.” —Inez & Vinoodh
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIO SORRENTI
“Gisele is one of the most amazing models I’ve ever worked with. She’s also a great friend, she is Loyal, kind, and generous. She is incredibly versatile, she is always eager to create interesting pictures that push the boundaries of conventional fashion imagery. Gisele has been a driving force in our industry, a true powerhouse of focus, sincerity, and commitment.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID SIMS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SØLVE SUNDSBØ
“I often compare an extraordinary model to great actors. Gisele understands the character you develop and adds nuance. She adds that depth, and she has the work ethic of a superhuman. On several shoots, she has pushed me and challenged me. The shoot can be over, and I am happy with the images. But she drags me back to set and says ‘I think I can do better. Look!’ and she starts again. That is the essence of Gisele.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALASDAIR MCLELLAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIO TESTINO
“This was supposed to be a straightforward swimwear story, but as always with V, it evolved into something magical. We had this secret location on a beach in Malibu, shooting Gisele against the horizon. But this was around the time of the height of her fame, and even though it was a secret location, there were paparazzi everywhere, taking photos with extra-long lenses. We had to change the concept completely on the spot, plus move the shoot entirely. But Gisele totally rolled with it. And it turned out to be even cooler, with the cut-up Diesel denim bikini against her gorgeous, naturally tanned skin. As a model and a professional, that’s what makes her so special.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIO TESTINO
V SPAIN #9 (2011)
PHOTOGRAPHY BY HEDI SLIMANE