Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen broke down in tears after walking the runway for the final time on Wednesday  

The 34 year old has decided to retire from the runway and she made her final appearance onstage at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in her native Brazil to bring the curtain down on her hugely successful catwalk career.

Bundchen opened and closed the event, where she made her runway debut as a teenager, and she was overcome with emotion at the end when models wearing T-shirts emblazoned with her picture strutted out to join her.

The beauty burst into tears and was pictured hugging her friends and family.

Prior to her final runway turn, she wrote in a post on Facebook.com, “I am grateful that at 14, I was given the opportunity to start this journey. Today after 20 years in the industry, it is a privilege to be doing my last fashion show by choice and yet still be working in other facets of the business.”  

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