World’s highest paid model Gisele Bundchen announces her retirement from the runway

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Following the announcement of her retirement Brazilian beauty Gisele Bundchen shared a snap with fans before her last ever catwalk.

The 34-year-old uploaded the picture before walking the runway for the last time for Colcci during São Paulo Fashion Week on Wednesday in her native Brazil.

As she sipped on a cocktail while backstage the supermodel added the caption: ‘Almost ready,’ as she held a giant piece of fruit with a straw in it.

Dressed in a white robe, wearing full make-up the model’s hair was being styled in loose curls as she looked on.

The Victoria’s Secret stunner recently announced her retirement and said that her body has ‘asked her to step away from the runway’.

On Wednesday the size 8 beauty took to Instagram and posted a picture of herself at 14-years-old before her first catwalk, writing: ‘I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business. #firstrunway #14yearsold’

Mum-of-two Gisele made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week in 1996 and since 2002 has been the world’s highest paid model earning $61 million in the last year alone.

She told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, “I don’t see how to continue and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself.

“Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop.”

Gisele was spotted by an Elite model agent at a shopping mall in Brazil, when she was just 13 and went on to model for the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Carolina Herrera as well as being a long-time Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Married to New England Patriots star Tom Brady, and the couple have two young children, Benjamin and Vivia.

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