Gisele Bündchen did not appear to be phased by Tom Brady's recent retirement from football - she heard the same news exactly one year ago to the day.
The 42-year-old supermodel, who finalized her divorce from the quarterback in October, is reclaiming her own status in the spotlight after putting her career on the back burner for years to help raise their children while he became one of the NFL's most coveted names in history.
Bündchen looked every inch the Brazilian bombshell as she slipped into a few swimsuits on the beach for what seemed to be a week-long, sultry magazine photo shoot. Brand expert Eric Schiffer explained to Fox News Digital that Gisele is likely more focused on herself than ever before.
"The probability of Tom Brady's retirement this season is something Gisele highly considered," Schiffer said. "It happened because she feels renewed and empowered to focus more on herself and what makes her happy. "
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"Having a comeback career post-divorce is something anyone who has gone through an excruciating soul-crushing split relates," Schiffer added.
While she has maintained more of a supporting role to Brady's career in the last few years, Schiffer noted that Bündchen's desire to be back in front of the camera is not surprising.
"This seismic shift is in her best interest if it makes her happy, feel powerful, and aligns with her vision of herself at this stage of Gisele's life," he said. "Gisele's potential to return to stardom never got destroyed, and so many are pulling for her."
By the looks of recent photos, the mother-of-two is ready for any campaign that is coming her way.
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"Gisele is a great example for us all that no break-up (with your boyfriend, job, etc.) should stop you from enjoying life to the fullest and expressing your own unique personal style, from fashion and makeup to cosmetic treatments," said beauty expert and Upkeep app founder Tiffany Demers.
"Post break-up glow-ups used to include a new hair color and cut, but as Gisele is proving, glow-ups have a whole new meaning."
Bündchen has graced the cover of every major magazine, and retired from the runway years ago as the highest paid supermodel in the world. In 2014, Forbes revealed Bündchen earned a staggering $47 million.
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"Gisele Bündchen has always been a fashion icon and this next phase in her life will be an exciting time to experiment with and figure out her own personal style, as she is seemingly already doing. Confidence is key with any outfit and putting on whatever makes you feel most beautiful and powerful in your own skin is the most important aspect of fashion, not following trends," luxury designer Jonathan Marc Stein said.
"Gisele is already doing this since her breakup, and it's obvious she's using her style to express her newly single era. It is always fun to take fashion risks, even when they do not work out (just like a relationship). Giving new life to your wardrobe can give new life to yourself, as that's exactly what Gisele is doing."
The beginning of Brady and Bündchen's relationship was much like the end - marred in controversy - as they had only been dating for a few months in 2006 when Bündchen found out Brady's ex-girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan, was pregnant with his child.
The quarterback, who won six Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots and then earned another ring with the Bucs, announced his first retirement from the NFL in February 2022 after 22 seasons. Only 40 days later, he revealed he was returning to the game again.
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Bündchen assumed Brady would have more time to spend with the family when he retired following years on the road as the winningest quarterback in NFL history. She admitted in an October 2022 Elle magazine interview that she had "conversations with him over and over again" about him continuing to play at 45 years old.
"I've done my part, which is [to] be there for [Tom]. I moved to Boston, and I focused on creating a cocoon and a loving environment for my children to grow up in and to be there supporting him and his dreams," she said. "Seeing my children succeed and become the beautiful little humans that they are, seeing him succeed and being fulfilled in his career - it makes me happy.
"At this point in my life, I feel like I've done a good job on that. I have a huge list of things that I have to do, that I want to do. At 42, I feel more connected with my purpose."
In addition to Brady's 15-year-old son Jack, the couple has Vivian, 10, and Benjamin, 12.
Brady's desire to play football again seemed to be the catalyst in driving them apart. Following months of speculation that the relationship was over, the couple announced their divorce was finalized in October via social media.
"In recent days my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage," Brady wrote. "We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together."
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Bündchen added, "The decision to end a marriage is never easy but we have grown apart and while it is, of course, difficult to go through something like this, I feel blessed for the time we had together and only wish the best for Tom always."
Brady announced his second retirement from the NFL on Wednesday - one year after previously making the decision to retire just to return several weeks later for his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I'm retiring - for good. I know the process was a pretty big deal last time. So, when I woke up this morning, I figured I'd just press record and let you guys know first. So, I won't be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year," Brady said.
"Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life," Bündchen commented on Brady's post.
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