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Opening Ceremony showstopper: Gisele as ‘The Girl from Ipanema’


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 05: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walks as The Girl From Ipanema during the Bossa segment during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Rio pulled off quite the double during its Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games on Friday.

Legendary song “The Girl From Ipanema,” (Grammy winner in 1965) became an international hit when Astrud Gilberto sang the English version of the lyrics in 1964. Perhaps the country’s most famous model, Gisele Bundchen, owned the song as only a supermodel could.

From the Associated Press:

She made quite an entrance, and an even better exit. In Bundchen’s wake, a shimmering trail of lights morphed into sketches from the famed architect Oscar Niemeyer, including Brasilia Cathedral.