Brazilian Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has made a stunning return to the runway at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony in her last-ever catwalk appearance.
Bündchen, 36, was born in rural Brazil and started her modelling career in Sao Paolo before moving to New York where she became one of the world's most successful and well known supermodels.
She triumphantly returned to the catwalk on Friday local time for the Olympic Games that are taking place in her home country of Brazil.
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She made a dazzling appearance early in the ceremony, strutting across the lit-up floor of the Maracana Stadium in a metallic silver high-slit dress, accompanied by the iconic song The Girl From Ipanema.
Earlier this week, Bündchen told People Magazine that she was feeling nervous about strutting her stuff in front of a global audience of billions.
The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community. The unity that is felt is amazing and gives me goose bumps. There is so much dedication and love the athlete's themselves pour into their chosen sport. Each athlete has given their all to achieve lifelong dreams and their journeys have led them here to Rio to compete for their countries with pride. The energy is electric and contagious. I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe. I truly believe that each Olympian lights the path for the next young child dreaming of being at the Olympics and encourages the practice of sports. As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.❤️🙏🏼🇧🇷🌎 Os Jogos Olímpicos simbolizam muito para a nossa comunidade global. A união de todos os povos é maravilhosa e me dá arrepios. É tocante ver que os atletas colocam toda sua dedicação e amor no esporte escolhido por eles. Cada atleta deu seu melhor ao longo de sua vida para alcançar seus sonhos, e suas jornadas os trouxeram aqui para o Rio para competir por seus países, com orgulho. A energia é eletrizante e contagiante. Estou muito feliz por fazer parte da cerimônia de abertura no meu país e por celebrar as estrelas do esporte de todo o mundo. Eu realmente acredito que cada atleta olímpico ilumina o caminho para a próxima criança que sonha fazer parte dos Jogos Olímpicos e estimula a prática do esporte. Hoje à noite, quando eu desfilar pela mais longa passarela em que já estive, vou estar enviando todo o meu amor e positividade. Sinto-me honrada por fazer parte deste momento histórico para o meu país. Acredito que união é a chave para criar um mundo cheio de bondade, gratidão, paz e amor.
"This is for sure the longest runway I have ever walked in my life and by far with the most amount of people watching, so it is a little nerve-wracking I must say," Bündchen told People.
"This is a very special moment for my country and I am humbled that they invited me to be a part of such a special celebration."
Despite her worldwide fame, she reportedly remains very deep connected to Brazil where she runs a number of businesses.Suggest a correction