Gisele Bundchen had a message of “love and positivity” for her 9.2 million Instagram followers and for the global audience that will watch her work her runway magic during the Opening Ceremonies of the Rio Olympics on Friday night in Maracana Stadium.
Bundchen, the world’s highest-paid model and one of the most famous natives of Brazil, will strut her stuff on what she says is the “longest runway I have ever been on” to the sounds of the 1960s classic song “Girl from Ipanema.” Although it was rumored that she would act out a sketch in which she overcame an assailant to deliver a message of love and peace, it is believed that that has been scratched.
Bundchen, who stopped patrolling the catwalk a year ago, says she believes that the unity one sees during the Games “is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.”
“The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community. The unity that is felt is amazing and gives me goose bumps,” she wrote on Instagram. “There is so much dedication and love the athletes themselves pour into their chosen sport. Each athlete has given their all to achieve lifelong dreams and their journeys have led them here to Rio to compete for their countries with pride. The energy is electric and contagious.
“I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe. I truly believe that each Olympian lights the path for the next young child dreaming of being at the Olympics and encourages the practice of sports. As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.”