Happy Birthday to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, highest-paid model in the world, who’s turning 30 today.
Gisele was discovered at the age of 15 buying a Big Mac by a model scout (maybe I should hang around fast-food joints and kebab shops more), and the rest, as we say, is history. She moved to San Paulo to take part in the Elite Look Modelling Competition, her career skyrocketed, and has since modelled for all of the most prestigious fashion houses such as Versace, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Chloe. She’s also one of the most famous faces to have modelled for lingerie line Victoria’s Secret, whose campaigns and runways have boasted such iconic figures as Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks.
She’s been far from just a pretty face for the last fifteen years and has been actively helping out with charity-related events such as the I Am African campaign, which set out to highlight the public’s ignorance of HIV and AIDS sufferers in Africa. She also participated in a celebrity-fronted fundraiser to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and regularly promotes the protection of the Brazilian rainforest. So basically, she’s an all-round good egg.
Not only that, but she’s the founder of Ipanema Footwear, manufacturer of the most popular Brazilian flip-flops in the world. So you’d think that after all the hard work she’s been putting in, she’d look tired and haggard (we wish). But no, she still looks like a supermodel – happy 3-0, Gisele. Look at the gallery below for some of Gisele’s best looks.