Giselle Bundchen is the highest paid model in the world, earning $33 million in 2007 and over $35 million in 2008. She is numero uno among the super models and is estimated to be worth over $150 million, which is not bad for a girl born in Southern Brazil.
Because she is Brazilian, she speaks Portuguese, but she also speaks English as a second language. She learned to speak German when she was a child, but has forgotten most of it since.
Said Giselle, “I was born in Horizontina, a town in the backcountry of (the Brazilian) state Rio Grande do Sul. The town was once mainly colonized by Germans. In the school which I attended, learning German was actually obligatory from third grade on. But being out of touch with the language for such a long time, I unfortunately forgot it…I belong to the sixth generation of my family in Brazil.”
In school as a child, Giselle was so skinny that her friends used to call her “Olívia Palito,” or Olive Oyl, who was Popeye’s girl friend in the Popeye cartoons.
At 13 Giselle enrolled in a modeling course along with her sisters, and one year later she was discovered by a modeling agency in a shopping mall in Sao Paulo.
Now if she could only find her clothes.