Gisele Shares First Runway Pic at 14 Years Old, Confirms Her Retirement Ahead of Final Show

by Antoinette Bueno 7:50 PM PDT, April 15, 2015
Playing Gisele Shares First Runway Pic at 14 Years Old, Confirms Her Retirement Ahead of Final Show

Obviously, supermodel Gisele completely skipped any awkward teenage years.

The iconic supermodel, now 34, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share her first runway pic of herself at 14 years old. Gisele is undoubtedly feeling nostalgic, confirming that after two decades, she's ready to hang up her famous runway walk for good.

Gisele made her debut back in 1996 during New York Fashion Week, and will walk her last runway for Colcci in Brazil for Sao Paolo Fashion Week on Wednesday night. Her husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and their two children -- five-year-old Benjamin and two-year-old Vivian -- are expected to attend the milestone event. The choice of runway is especially fitting given Gisele's Brazilian heritage, and her longtime relationship with the Brazilian fashion brand.

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"I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey," Gisele just Instagrammed. "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."

Though Sao Paulo Fashion Week will officially be the last time she does the runway for a fashion show, Gisele will still model and appear in ads for her numerous endorsement deals, including Chanel, David Yurman and, as of last year, Under Armour.

According to a Forbes report last July, Gisele makes a staggering $128,000 a day. Last year alone she made an estimated $47 million thanks to lucrative endorsements with H&M, Chanel and Louis Vuitton just to name a few.

"Automatically my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop," she told the Folha de São Paulo newspaper last Saturday about her big career decision. "I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop....I don't see how to continue [walking runways] ... and stopping will leave room for other projects I have for myself."

Clearly, Gisele has earned it. Check out some of her many fierce legendary runway styles.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

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Watch Gisele's stunning Baz Luhrmann-directed Chanel No. 5 short film below, which debuted in October.