Brazilian Model Gisele Bundchen To Participate For First Time In Home Country Carnival Parade

A samba group says top model Gisele Bundchen is set to make her debut on a new stage next year as the star in one of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival parades.

The directors of Unidos de Vila Isabel samba group told G1, Globo TV’s Web site, that Bundchen has just accepted their invitation to appear in their parade. Her costume and float have not been decided yet.

Brazil’s 2011 Carnival will fall in the second week of March. Samba groups spend up to $5 million each on their parades, competing fiercely for first place and the attention of millions.

Unidos de Vila Isabel came in fourth in this year’s competition.

The Brazilian model is married to U.S. football player Tom Brady.

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