Everyone is still buzzing about supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s runway walk at the Rio Summer Olympics opening ceremony. This literally stopped the colorful show, as everyone watched her walk to the iconic tune “The Girl from Ipanema” beautifully performed on the piano by Daniel Jobim. Gisele is perfect, totally embodying the “out of reach” girl in the song. Fans of the supermodel want to know more about her part in the ceremony and the haunting song “The Girl from Ipanema.”
Gisele was attired in a sparkling wrap-around gown, unabashedly showing off her long legs. Created by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch, he told Vogue that Gisele knew exactly what she wanted.
“Gisele knows exactly what looks good on her and what doesn’t, which makes the job much more objective and accurate. She was always present in the process. She gave important opinions, and we thought about the parts together. She made some important changes. Part of my creative process and development is to listen and adjust creations so she is satisfied. This was the feeling of everyone here.”
Like the song “The Girl From Ipanema” that Gisele was walking to, the designer wanted a fabric that was unique and would mesmerize the audience as the supermodel strutted across the world’s longest runway at Rio’s Maracanã stadium.
“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.”
Gisele admitted she was nervous walking in front of an in-house crowd of 75,000 people and over 3 billion people around the world. Most of all, she told People that she is quite humbled by the experience.
“This is a very special moment for my country and I am humbled that they invited me to be a part of such a special celebration.”
She gushed further about her incredible experience on Instagram.
“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”
So who is “The Girl From Ipanema”? Many music fans may be surprised that this is one of the most recorded songs ever in music history. Only the Beatles song “Yesterday” has been recorded more than this cool Brazilian bossa nova song. This song has been covered from Amy Winehouse to Mike Tyson.
Norman Gimbel, who wrote the English lyrics, told the Wall Street Journal that this is a tale about the most unattainable girl that keeps walking, looking forward, not noticing all of the eyes that are watching her.
“It’s the oldest story in the world. The beautiful girl goes by, and men pop out of manholes and fall out of trees and are whistling and going nuts, and she just keeps going by. That’s universal.”
Originally, there had been rumors of a skit where Gisele would pretend to be robbed. They wisely scrapped it for her final runway appearance, where art and the real world become one. While “The Girl from Ipanema” was written nearly 60 years ago, it could have easily been said about Gisele’s mesmerizing catwalk.
Gisele has already become a part of an Olympic memory that years from now we will remember, but she in turn has obviously felt the Olympic spirit. One of the reasons many people love the Olympic games is that this is an opportunity for the world to cheer each other on and come together. Gisele is no different.
“It’s a beautiful celebration of all the diversity in the world through sports. It’s so nice to see the world come together at these times. To me, it feels like at this moment we can all be as one.”
Did you watch the Rio Olympics opening ceremony? Did you see Gisele walk the catwalk to “The Girl from Ipanema”?
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