After two decades in the business, Gisele Bündchen has said goodbye to the runway for good.
The 34-year-old supermodel took her final turn on the runway for Brazilian brand Colcci at Sao Paulo Fashion Week later that evening, joined by a swarm of models wearing white t-shirts and tanks with various renderings of her face printed on them.
Bundchen’s sendoff extravaganza seemed to be the focal point of the Colcci show, rather than the actual collection. She even gave a little curtsy at the end of the runway before being wrestled into a hug and a beaming group photo.
Of course, Bundchen’s retirement is more symbolic than anything else, and we would be really shocked if she didn’t make some special runway appearances in the coming years. But working in a youth-obsessed industry like modeling, ending a particular phase of one’s career on one’s own terms must feel empowering. It’s not like Gisele’s going anywhere. She’s just making it clear that she calls the shots.
But something tells us this isn’t the last we’ll see of Bundchen. Earlier this week, She posted a sentimental Instagram announcing her official retirement from the catwalk. As the back of her own shirt promised — and as her husband Tom Brady wrote in a sweet message on Facebook — “the best is yet to come.”