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August 05, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

There was no Blue Steel as Gisele Bündchen made her way across the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games Friday night. The supermodel couldn’t contain her smile.

Brazilian Bündchen, 36, announced in March 2015 that she was finished rocking the runway, but the Olympics beckoned.

As she strutted across the LED stage, rocking a glittery dress by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch that featured a high slit to show off Bündchen’s famous pins, it was quite clear from the look on her face that the experience was an emotional one. Daniel Jobim’s live rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema” surely contributed to the joyful moment.

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“This is for sure the longest runway I have ever walked in my life and by far with the most amount of people watching, so it is a little nerve-wracking I must say,” Bündchen told PEOPLE before the ceremony on Friday. “This is a very special moment for my country and I am humbled that they invited me to be a part of such a special celebration.”

Bündchen’s fun didn’t stop there. A few minutes after she completed her walk, she was shown dancing with fellow performers as the Ceremony took on a Carnival atmosphere.

“The Olympics symbolize so much for our global community,” Bündchen wrote in a lengthy Instagram post earlier on Friday. “The unity that is felt is amazing and gives me goose bumps. There is so much dedication and love the athlete’s themselves pour into their chosen sport. Each athlete has given their all to achieve lifelong dreams and their journeys have led them here to Rio to compete for their countries with pride. The energy is electric and contagious.

“I am so happy to be part of the opening ceremony in my homeland and to celebrate these bright stars from around the globe. I truly believe that each Olympian lights the path for the next young child dreaming of being at the Olympics and encourages the practice of sports. As I walk down tonight on the longest runway I have ever been on I will be sending out all my love and positivity. I am humbled and honored to be part of this historic moment for my country. I believe that the unity is the key to creating a world filled with kindness, gratitude, peace, and love.”

See the post below:

Prior to the ceremony, Bündchen said she wasn’t too concerned about Zika or the current political unrest in Brazil. “I believe that there are different ways to look at things; I always chose to focus on the positive because I believe that so much of what we create comes from what we believe,” she told PEOPLE.

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