Gisele Bündchen helped kick off the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Friday by walking down what she called “the longest runway I have ever been on.”
Foi muito emocionante fazer parte deste momento tão especial. Todos trabalharam com tanta dedicação e paixão para mostrar um pouco da nossa história e essência. E o fizeram tão lindamente. Nós somos um povo batalhador, alegre, acolhedor e acredito que mostramos ao mundo a beleza da nossa diversidade. #gratidão 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 It was very exciting to be part of this special moment. Everyone involved worked with dedication and passion to create a show that gave the world a glimpse of our history and Brazil’s essence. It was beautifully presented. Our Brazilian community is hard working, cheerful, and welcoming.I believe that we showed the world the beauty of our diversity. #gratitude #riocidademaravilhosa #rio2016
The Brazilian supermodel effortlessly glided down a 500-foot catwalk to the tune of “The Girl of Ipanema” in front of an audience of 78,000 in the Maracanã Stadium and 3 billion more watching around the globe.
The dress? A gold sequined, floor-length column by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch.
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Herchcovitch, who has worked with Bündchen in the past, told Vogue that the fabric of the long train, deep V-neck dress with a thigh-high slit was customized just for the occasion, including details like the “fluidity in which the sequined embroidery would flow horizontally around her body.”
Bündchen had a hand’s on approach in the creative process, where Herchcovitch selected a specialized gold color that complemented the “golden light” of the supermodel’s hair tone and skin color.
Bündchen then joined the rest of the crowd in the stands cheering to welcome all participating Olympic teams.