Gisele Bundchen Fought Back Nervous Tears at Rio Games Opening Ceremony
Models| | By Sara Wilkins
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen had to fight the urge to sob proud tears as she walked the ‘runway’ during the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony in her native Brazil.
The beauty, who announced her runway retirement in 2014, returned to the spotlight for the one-off gig on Friday night, when she took center stage at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
She strutted her stuff in a glittering gold gown by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch as the bossa nova jazz classic “The Girl From Ipanema” played in the arena, and despite her high-profile career, Bundchen admits she was almost overwhelmed by the momentous occasion.
“I was nervous! I kept thinking to myself, ‘I can’t cry, I can’t cry!'” she told breakfast show Today. “I just wanted to make the Brazilians proud, you know, because they chose me to represent them; I didn’t wanna disappoint.”
“I was very emotional and I was breathing very deeply not to cry,” she added, revealing she was stunned to have been chosen to represent her country at such a historic event. “Imagine, “The Girl from Ipanema” is such a historic thing (song) for Brazil, I feel so humbled and honored, and I couldn’t have been happier.”
Bundchen, 36, also worried she would trip and fall during her big moment: “There’s a very long tail (on my dress), so I was thinking, ‘Whatever happens, please tail, stay behind me’, because stepping on the tail would not have been a beautiful mermaid moment!” she laughed.
The runway stunner joined fellow Brazilian icons, including musicians Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Anitta, for the opening extravaganza, which officially kicked off the 2016 Olympic Games.