Controversy Surrounds Gisele Bündchen's Walk at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Gisele Bündchen Olympics Cat-Walk Controversy

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Not everyone was crazy about supermodel Gisele Bündchen's crazy-long walk across the Olympic stadium (opens in new tab) last night during Rio's opening ceremony. In fact, some folks were downright annoyed.

Over at The New York Times (opens in new tab), psychologist and feminist commentator Letícia Bahia was openly curious about why Gisele was the Brazilian chosen to strut her stuff to "The Girl from Ipanema."

"What does it say about a mixed-race country, boasting about its pride over miscegenation, to choose a supermodel who is white, ultraskinny, blond and blue-eyed to represent the women of Brazil?" Bahia said.

Lots of people shared similar sentiments on Twitter, calling the walk "dumb," "embarrassing," and "too long." Others questioned if she was the right person to rep Brazil on the world's stage.

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Of course, since this is the Internet, for every hater, there was a celebrator:

But it looks like Gisele had the last laugh — girl enjoyed a legit dance party after her walk and partied the night away in Brazil (opens in new tab).

Laura Beck
Laura Beck

I write on Fox’s THE GREAT NORTH. Before that, I wrote and edited for Cosmopolitan (opens in new tab) magazine and the Jezebel (opens in new tab) blog. My writing has also appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, VICE, Marie Claire, McSweeney’s, California Sunday, BUST, Elle, Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Weekly, Eater, Fast Company, Mic, Atlas Obscura, and more. I co-host/co-produce a comedy/storytelling (opens in new tab) show on the first Friday of every month at Stories in LA. I have a degree in Film and TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.