Gisele Bündchen Explains Why She's Retiring from the Runway

Gisele Bundchen at Balenciaga.
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Mark your calendars: Gisele Bündchen’s final strut down the runway is this week.

After rumors swirled in March, the Brazilian bombshell confirmed that she's leaving her catwalk days behind. "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," Bündchen told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

According to the report, the 34-year-old former Victoria's Secret Angel is "listening to her body" and is planning to focus on editorial work and spending more time with her husband, Tom Brady, and their two children, Benjamin and Vivian.

Despite the announcement, there's no denying that Bündchen will continue to make waves in the world of fashion. The supermodel racked in a whopping $47 million in 2014, according to Forbes, a result of her hard-to-nab campaigns with brands such as H&M, Chanel, and Carolina Herrera. And while Bündchen is well known for stomping across the runways of major designers such as Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Balenciaga, the household name is also widely respected for her leadership as a global ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and as a board member of the Rainforest Alliance.

Bündchen is set to make her final runway appearance during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which runs from April 13 to 17—it's bound to be a historic moment for model aficionados everywhere.

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