The Top Ten Models

Gisele Bündchen

Trademarks: They don't call her the "boobs from Brazil" for nothing; high-profile husband
Campaign coups: Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Victoria's Secret, Versace

Gisele Bündchen needn't have a last name at all: That body, the golden glow, and those beachy waves are synonymous with the mere mention of the Brazilian bombshell's oft-mispronounced first name (it's zhi-zhe-lee in her mother tongue). The highest-paid model of all time, Bündchen earned a pair of Victoria's Secret Angel wings in 2000, rendering mere catwalking a trivial pursuit. She retired from the runway in 2001 only to un-retire the following year by opening the Christian Dior Fall show. Eight years, 500 international magazine covers, and an eponymous flip-flop line for Brazilian brand Ipanema later, and she's hung up her walking shoes for real after giving birth to her first child with NFL star Tom Brady. But considering how quickly her body bounced back (yeah, we saw those Hope lingerie ads, too), another un-retirement isn't entirely out of the question.

Mario Testino for V, Fall 2008

Photo: Mario Testino for V Magazine