The Bündchen-Brady house is coming out of hiding.
While Tom Brady rescinded his retirement declaration earlier this year, wife Gisele Bündchen has been planning her own comeback.
Marking her first magazine cover in nearly four years, the supermodel posed for V’s Summer 2022 issue in head-to-toe leopard, wearing a Norma Kamali bodysuit, Wolford tights, Amato gloves, a tiger-striped Amina Muaddi purse and Alain Mikli sunglasses along with dazzling Cartier jewelry.
On one of the alternative covers, she sports a plunging black sequined jumpsuit from the Armani Privé archives with a Khia Tullaé rabbit-eared hat. A third cover sees her pairing a Christian Dior Haute Couture bodysuit with tights and a Philip Treacy hat, while a fourth shows the catwalker in a Chanel one-piece bathing suit and Heather Huey headband.
“I don’t see this as a job, it’s my life. It truly means everything for me to be able to work,” Bündchen, 41, told the magazine.
“Being a model is about becoming a blank canvas. It’s about really allowing yourself to dive deep into whichever environment and whatever character you need to create, to get the perfect shot. That’s the fun part about it, getting to play different roles and explore different parts of yourself.”
Indeed, the former Victoria’s Secret model has had plenty of practice; she’s appeared on more than 2,000 magazine covers over the course of her expansive career. While she debuted on the Alexander McQueen runway in 1998 — and officially retired from the catwalk in 2015 — Bündchen says she’s gotten more confident with age.
“When you’re in your twenties, you try to fit in and you try to belong. When you’re in your forties, you feel more comfortable in your skin. I feel like I have only gotten stronger with time, and that’s in all [aspects] of my life,” she said.
Hubby Brady might agree; he supported his wife’s cover, calling her a “hot mama” and dropping fire emojis.
Bündchen’s V issues will hit stands on May 4, and are currently available for pre-order.