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April 16th, 2009 by Janelle | Model News
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Gisele Bundchen by Norman Jean Roy for Vogue US

Times they are a changing! The icons of modeling are unstoppable forces but there are shifts and shake ups for even the most perennial faces within the industry. The Models.com Top Icons list has been revamped with a fresh outlook and a few very big changes. Current Vanity Fair cover girl and Mrs. Tom Brady herself Gisele Bundchen has usurped Miss Moss for the top position. No small feat considering Kate’s status as a longstanding presence but with her profile (and campaign tally) higher than ever before Gisele is the face to beat. The Brazilians domination of the list doesn’t stop there – new edition Isabeli Fontana brings her signature sex appeal to the table leveraging close to a decade in the business into a well deserved place amongst the top 20.

Check out all the iconic faces on the MDC Top Icons List.


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88 Comments

  1. JT says:

    it’s very good to see a healthy fresh woman as the top icon! As gorgeous and iconic as Kate can be (and believe me I LOOOOVE HER) her years of partying have weathered her big time leaving photoshop as her saving grace.

  2. netto says:

    The queen

  3. smokecity says:

    wow. surprised Shalom Harlow was dropped from the list. She seems to be everywhere and has certainly established herself as a classic.

  4. Kevlin Yu says:

    OMGISELE

    I’M CRYING

  5. Daniel says:

    Three main covers: vanity fai, numero and Happers bazaar! yeah. she is THE ICON

  6. Podestá says:

    Gisele is the best ever! Isabeli is another stunning model, she deserves to be on the top icons too. Go Brazil!

  7. cecilia says:

    ela é linda e brasileira.é um orgulho essa joia pertncer ao nosso Brasil

  8. tila says:

    Parabéns linda!Vc merece toda pompa e glamour q houver nesse planeta.Maravilhosa e brasileira hehe

  9. Ed says:

    Linda. Lindíssima: DEUSA!

  10. devon says:

    she works this shot. the hair flown back, neck perfectly extended, figure so statuesque, and the subtle hand on the car.

  11. Odair says:

    Gisele is perfect!

    She’s the icon of brazilian models…

    I love her

  12. netto says:

    where is Karolina Kurkova?

  13. Ixca says:

    She deserves it!

  14. Elvire says:

    What a divine creature she is! The way Gisele works is inimitable …it comes from inside while controlling every movement, every attitude with such a grace and with such a devotion! From the outside “Modelling” is often seen as a hobby or as an easy way of earning money & in my opinion Gisele is not only gifted for what she does she is also a hardworker…she gives credibility to the profession… so Gisele forever & ever!

  15. Bruno says:

    Brazilian Supremacy:
    Top Female Models: Raquel Zimmermann (Brazil)
    Top Sexy Models: Adriana Lima (Brazil)
    Top Icons: Gisele Bundchen (Brazil)

    And soon, when they update the money girls, Brazil will have 4 first places in the rankings!

    PATRIA AMADA, BRASIL! LALALALA :P

  16. cesinhaaaaa..... says:

    GISEEEEEELLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE………..

  17. Cami says:

    glamours

  18. Derek says:

    Gisele before Kate? Give me a break.

  19. Rícaro says:

    ela e perfeita e sempre sera o number one…

  20. felipe says:

    top of the tops ! the unic uber model in all times !

  21. felipe says:

    a melhor modelo de todos os tempos ,,, sem comentários !

  22. Pablo says:

    “She’s The One”…… well deserved!!!!

  23. Pina says:

    Giselle is the icon ever…

    But on this shot I don’t like the choice, I think the expression is negative.

    She is much higher than this.

    Sorry, Giselle is on top of the top… the edition must be always perfect.

  24. cristina says:

    GISILE É A MULHER MAIS LINDA DO MUNDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Cris Gracioli says:

    Gisele is the best!

  26. DANIEL says:

    Parabéns gisele….demorou pra vc chegar no lugar que foi feito só pra vc..o primeiro….vc merece muito..te amo….beijos…

  27. Guto says:

    THE BEST…..AGORA SÓ FALTA GANHAR O TÍTULO DE MULHER MAIS EXUBERANTE DESDE QUE A TERRA SE ORIGINOU.
    É UM ORGULHO E AINDA POR CIMA É BRASILEIRA!!!

  28. Kilma says:

    Gisele, adouro o seu geito de andar,
    com voce tenho telepatias …
    Many kisses for her

  29. Rick says:

    Kate was so good but can’t deny world has found a better gem: Giselle – it can`t get any better at the present time. And she is never pretentious and treats everyone so nicely! It`s not about only being beautiful and glamorous – you got to be cool and likable too.
    Go Giselle!

  30. Renato Hickmam says:

    OMG! It’s the greatest news i have read in the past 2 months in the internet! It feels so good for all of us Brazilian fans of Gisele because we know how much she has done in the fashion world, putting her face to snap and showing a total different walk and atitude in the runway. That’s what Brazilian models do best like anyone else!
    Congrats to her and all the other godesses after her for their great job!
    Scuzie!… Kate, sorry, hon!

  31. Marlon says:

    Gisele vai ser sempre Gisele!
    MaravilhosaAAAAAAAAA!
    :)

  32. WILLIAMS COSTTA says:

    PEÇO MILHÕES DE DESCULPAS A TODAS AS MODELOS EXISTENTES EM TODO MUNDO, MAS SINCERAMENTE,IGUAL A GISELE…INFELIZMENTE ESTÁ PRA NASCER OUTRA IGUAL, QUE O RESTANTE DE TODO MUNDO FASHION MORRA DE INVEJA POIS… ELA É SIMPLESMENTE SOBERANA… GISELE VOCÊ ESTÁ SOBRE TODAS AS EXPECTATIVAS JAMAIS ESPERADAS…ACREDITO E DOU FÉ…!!!!!SOU SEU ÜBERFÃ….

    WILLIAMS COSTTA

  33. Liam K. says:

    Gisele’s just awesome and I’m still in love with her…

  34. Robson Costa says:

    THE QUEEN,ABSOLUTELY!

  35. Ivani says:

    Parece que no quesito BELEZA o brasil sempre será um país de primeiríssimo mundo.

    O Brasil tem várias beldades como nossa queridíssima Gisele

  36. Podestá says:

    She is the only übermodel on the planet!

  37. cesao says:

    Gisele é original é Brazil linda.

  38. Jabez says:

    ohhh god….

    Finalmente Gisele na primeiriiiiiiiiissima posição desse aclamado Site… Não existe, nao existirá e os gringos que me perdôe, mas nao haverá outra modelo, mulher, empresaria, esposa ou qualquer adjetivo feminino que se comprare à esta Criatura!!

    Viva Gisele!!

    Viva Brasil”!”

  39. Alyne from Bazil says:

    Gisele I loved……..Becouse she´s brazilian…Of course!!!!!!

    Congratilation……..you are sexy,beatiful.I love you

  40. Felipe says:

    No Brasil tem mulher muitooooooo melhor!!!!

  41. model2bee says:

    OMG, look at those cheekbones… her natural beauty dominatess

  42. Jon says:

    Though it may make sense to take out Shalom Harlow and replace her with Isabeli Fontana, it makes no sense to have Liya Kebede and Erin Wasson in her stead. And yeah, what about Karolina Kurkova? I can name a few more that may be worthy of being an icon — Bridget Hall and Mariacarla Boscone for one. Perhaps at some future date you also could pencil in the sleek cool visage of Raquel Zimmerman. At best, this list is arbitrary. Cui bono?

  43. israel says:

    beautiful , beautiful …. GISELE !!!

  44. paco says:

    GISELE, that sould say everything.
    she is the queen, she has everything to be an icon
    and i love her so much <3

  45. Eduardo Alvarenga says:

    Gisele do Brasil,parabéns pela performance de rara beleza e profissionalismo e pelo topo da lista das models.Você merece
    isto e muito mais.Sucesso e mais sucesso.Edu.

  46. francesca says:

    i thought this was a site where to write in ENGLISH ;)

  47. harold says:

    KATE? GIVE-ME A BREAK. GISELE IS THE BEST…

  48. Aguinaldo says:

    Gi,

    Beijos, vc esta muito linda nesta capa, exuberante,

    sucesso, do amigo!!!!

    Aguinaldo

  49. betty says:

    Jon (9:44pm),
    You might have a special place in your heart for Shalom and the other girls but this is a list of icons that are “WORKING” in the industry. Cindy Crawford, arguably one of the most recognizable models ever, did have that French Vogue shoot last fall but she does not have fashion campaigns… Shalom, and she is still iconic to us, just RIGHT NOW, does not have as much as Liya and Isabeli (American Vogue COVERGIRLS, HELLO!). Same with Mariacarla,Bridget and Karolina (all for different reasons). Besides Mariacarla is in top 50 right now..

    So you might think this list is “arbitrary”… but make no mistake, there is much research on our part to compile our lists as everyone looks at them. We take our jobs very seriously and we look at each season as well as the big picture. Other websites attempt to do “top” lists but people don’t realize that if you are not talking EVERYDAY to the agents and studios (like what we do), you will only get the “small picture”.

    Betty
    MODELS.com

  50. rafael says:

    Gisele .. model number one of the planet!!!

  51. dee says:

    Is it just me, or is Gisele boring. The first time I saw her face I thought she was a beauty. Then I saw her. Again. Again. and again. Something about her strong nose, her bony body, her over done looong hair, and her super woman pose turn me off. It’s too Barbie. I crave a new breath of air and there are so many models, especially on this site. Where is Bridget Hall and Shalom when you need them. Bridget is a model I never get sick of. That is a girl made to be photographed, something about her big brown angel eyes will never get old.

  52. devon says:

    i love betty from models.com

  53. Daniel says:

    its just you dee. gisele can do everything: Dior and Rampage; Arena and French Vogue. and she is a model with main covers like Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Vogue US. She is THE ONE

  54. Roberto Sena says:

    Ela é linda, isso ninguém pode negar, mas no Brasil existem mulheres muito mais linda, e com um toque sedutor do que Gisele.

  55. jasoninpa10 says:

    If everyone thinks that the Brazilians are so great for their models, I say let them stay in their OWN country and work and see how much work they get! The fashion industry is so trendy and despite designers supposedly being independent-minded artists, they are actually predictable followers. There began a buzz in the fashion world that Brazil is the IT place, and as such everyone was looking to use the Brazil girls for that reason. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy. They are not better than other girls. In a couple years, there will probably be another country that designers are all using.

  56. Laura says:

    Congrats Gi! You are the best!

  57. Ale says:

    Love her

  58. brucegisele says:

    I agree is She is definitel higher than a ICON. She is the One! Siempre o Marvalhosas uno!

  59. Viktoria says:

    Maravillosa!!!

  60. Astrid says:

    I dont agree with Jasonipa…
    Since always brazilians were known as natural charming people, cause they are unique, product of different colors mixed, variable and unusual kind of bodies and faces…and now, fashion industry is confirming that!

  61. Walter says:

    Or in a case of Gisele,I think brazilians have a positive way of life, relax way to move, this translate to catwalk a groove…musique…like the brazilians sports, capoeira ( wich is martial art with dance, they have body confidence…maybe is the people who grow free of heavy clothes, maybe is the sun!

  62. MDC_370986 says:

    She is such a beautiful woman, inside and out. Her runway walk is amazing.

  63. Litta says:

    Gisele!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. marth says:

    DESCULPA MAS GISELE é GISELE E NAO TEM, LINDA E TD DE BOM, MORRO DE INVEJA DELA POR SER MILHOMNARIA E MODELO, COISA QUE QUERIA SER, GISELE PARBENS, E SUCESSO SEMPRE… VC CONSEGUIO E NAO TEM QUEM TIRE SEU LUGAR… GOD BLESS

  65. John Martinez says:

    very beautiful woman! Too perfect to be a celebrity. Gisele is beyond celebrity status… very professional supermodel…

  66. sunworth says:

    She deserves the best!

  67. Raffaela says:

    There is a HUGE difference between being an Icon & booking the highest amount of campaigns. Yes, Gisele may have booked the highest amount of campaigns/covers but at the end of the day she is known as a model & nothing else … Whereas Kate is iconic, been in the business for 20+ years & is followed the world over for her style, yet she has never given interviews & people know nothing about her … yet she’s managed to stay relevant for 20 years …. Will Gisele still be around in the next 10 years? I highly doubt it. Also, this is one websites opinion … Many in the business would totally disagree. [No offense Betty!]

  68. mariana says:

    perfect for mi gisele still the number 1 position for the Brazilian beauty is inesplicavél she is sensational! Destroy !!!!!

  69. jen says:

    i love her and glad she is getting more attention once again. kate is so yesterday. linda had her days, naomi is abusive, claudia is on the rise again too!yippee. beauty knows no age.

  70. marco says:

    Excuse me Rafaella, but we all know enough about Kate.
    She has done lots of things that she should not be proud of so many times and there was not necessary any personal interviews to be aware of that.
    And excuse me again, but saying Gisele is just a model and nothing else is showing some ignorance.
    And yes, many in the business will totally desagree but this is not gonna change anything about her being an icon in her field.
    Let´s wait 10 years more to see if you are right.

  71. felix says:

    simply Irreplaceable!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Rj says:

    Absolutely! The Queen!Of the Queens!

  73. Robson says:

    Absolutely!!! Ubermodel!Top Icon!Number 1,forever!!!

  74. Geórgia says:

    You are born for a better model that Gisele is the best model the world has ever seen, but also how to explain: it is Brazilian, the most beautiful women in the world are actually in Brazil, a mixture of different beauties that are not located in another country.
    Gisele is the unconditional unconditional!
    I never saw a model with such splendor, natural beauty, and how to walk that is unmatched!
    Perfect

  75. Leego says:

    GISELE GISELE GISELE
    GISELE GISELE GISELE
    GISELE
    GISELE
    GISELE
    GISELE GISELEGISELE
    GISELE GISELEGISELE
    GISELE GISELE
    GISELE GISELE GISELE
    GISELE GISELE GISELE I S E L E

  76. alvaro leal says:

    she is perfect

  77. Giselly says:

    Gisele, minha xará!
    You’re the best in all the world!
    Forever and ever!

    Kisses,
    I really enjoy you.

  78. morena says:

    there are topmodels and there is GISELE BUNDCHEN

  79. GP says:

    YES, GISELE is the top supermodel but she doesn’t care now because she is happy married and having a baby. We hope she is not going to retired. We want to see more and more of her.

  80. giam says:

    viva gisele! you’re the best!

  81. Wattson says:

    Gisele Bündchen

    the biggest star in fashion history – THE INDEPENDET

  82. georges says:

    e fabulosa,com um mes de parto,ela foi trabalhar, bom para o bolso, e o filho como fica o respeito, dudo por um topo……..?

  83. Nik says:

    Alright MDC!! Time to put Karolina Kurkova back in the mix. She and Miss Tennant have certainly made such fantabalous comebacks. Gotta love the girls who ‘lay low’ for a while(say 2 years),decide to work again, and almost start where they stopped (A-list, ‘blue chip’). Viva la icons!!

  84. Eric says:

    she is not very pretty, I have sen much prettier. But her body on the other hand is amazing.

  85. ione says:

    I LOVE GISELE

  86. Marcos says:

    Maior modelo da história, no doubts.

  87. Victor says:

    Gisele is the world’s number one model, but kate moss (only kate) is a legend.

    I love Raquel Zimmermann too. The chameleon.

  88. William says:

    Sad but true. Its 2013 and things have not changed.

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