Vânia Nonnenmacher, the mother of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen, has passed away at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer. Her passing was confirmed by Hospital Moinhos de Vento in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she was admitted on January 26 and passed away two days later, on January 28.
Vânia was born in Brazil and has played a significant role in supporting Gisele throughout her career. Gisele, a well-known Brazilian supermodel and actress, had achieved international fame for her work in the fashion industry.
Vânia was not only the mother of Gisele but also of her five siblings, including Gisele’s twin, Patricia, and her other sisters Rafaela, Graziela, Gabriela, and Raquel. Vânia was known for her role as a bank teller before retirement and was celebrated by her daughter Gisele in various social media posts.
“Mom, thank you for being an example of love and strength, of dedication and patience, of integrity and kindness,” Gisele wrote on Mother’s Day 2020. “Thank you for giving me amazing sisters, and for always supporting me in the best way that you could. Thank you for giving me life—and thank you for being my sweet mama. You know how much I love you!”
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Despite the challenges faced, including the recent passing of her mother and her divorce from Tom Brady in October 2022, Gisele has been open about the importance of family support and the tools that have helped her through tough times.
Gisele and Brady announced their separation back in almost two years ago, ending their marriage of 13 years. The couple, known for their high-profile careers in fashion modeling and professional football respectively, cited that they had grown apart but remained committed to co-parenting their children.
In a September interview with People magazine, she discussed the challenges of looking after her sick parents. “It’s been very tough on my family,” she said.
“It’s been a lot — in every area of my life. I feel like whenever it rains, it pours. With all the different twists and turns that life takes, all we can do is the best we can given what happens in our surroundings.”