It’s been only a couple weeks since Gisele Bündchen walked her last runway, and it was clearly not a goodbye, but a “see you soon.” The 34-year-old Brazilian bombshell’s taken toInstagram to share her upcoming Vogue Brazil cover. It’s no doubt that Bündchen’s appeared on countless fashion magazine covers, but this one is particularly significant: it marks the glossy’s 40th edition as well as her illustrious 20-year career.
According to a Brazilian publication, the supermodel’s editorial was inspired by the four elements—air, water, fire and earth. “I did not want to do something just fashion. I wanted to show something else, something that was part of my essence,” Bündchen explained.
Captured by famed photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the black and white cover features Bündchen standing in her birthday suit (befitting the mag’s celebration of its 40th year) on a pedestal. And all eyes are on the mega-model. There are no headlines to distract from her flawlessly fit body, but just a “G” and a “20″—both in gold—dangling like charms over her leg…an artful (literally) nod to the fact that Bündchen’s rank is on par with world leaders. Her pose even bares an uncanny resemblance to Michelangelo’s legendary statue of David—which is the universal symbol of strength and youthful beauty—indeed proving that like the statue, Gisele is a work of art.
Bündchen also shared one of the editorial images—definitely inspired by “water”—in which she’s showing off her extreme flexibility as she’s kicked up into an air-split wearing semi-sheer red bell bottoms. It appears she’s used so much force (there’s even an illusion that Bündchen cracked the page), that she’s suffered a nip slip—and a voguish one at that. (Literally!) On the heels of her recent retirement, she captioned the photo with ever the appropriate saying: “When you can’t change the direction of the wind - adjust your sails.”