Gisele Bündchen Came Out of Runway Retirement to Walk at the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

She wore a sequined gown by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch.
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Gisele Bündchen at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Gisele Bündchen at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Gisele Bündchen may have retired from the runway last year, but that didn't stop the 2016 Rio Olympic Games from asking that she put her catwalk skills on display during the Opening Ceremony. Roughly 30 minutes into the performance on Friday, the Brazilian supermodel was tasked with walking down a 500-foot runway — "the longest runway I've ever been on," according to her pre-event Instagram — to a live rendition of "The Girl From Ipanema." 

For the occasion, Bündchen wore a sequined column gown by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch. In an interview with Vogue, Herchcovitch mentioned that Bündchen herself sought him out, and that he met with her "four times in the past few months" for fittings. He said:

"The fabric has been specially developed for the occasion with some peculiarities, such as the fluidity in which the sequined embroidery would flow horizontally around her body. I didn’t want a conventional gold, but a color that was very similar to her hair tone and skin, a golden light."

After her formal runway duties concluded, Bündchen took in the rest of the Opening Ceremony from the crowd. (According to People, Tom Brady is home in Boston.)

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