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By Gina Vivinetto

Gisele Bündchen is on the cover of the October issue of Vogue Italia — but her fans may not recognize her at first glance.

The 38-year-old supermodel underwent a complete transformation to look like legendary Italian singer Mina Mazzini, right down to the fire-red hair and dramatic eye makeup.

Bündchen took to Instagram to share the striking cover photo, for which she donned a Dior dress, hoop earrings and a long auburn wig.

In the caption, she opened up about what a great time she had dressing up as Mazzini, who this year celebrates her 60th year in show business.

"It’s always fun when I get to play different roles while modeling and feel what (it's) like to look completely different," she wrote before thanking the team of style experts who helped her "look like the most iconic Italian singer of all times for a day."

Singer Mina Mazzini, now 78, was a staple of Italian television in the 1960s and '70s. Mondadori Portfolio / Getty Images

Photographers Luigi and Iango also shared the glam cover shot, writing, "What could be the most beautiful gift: our first @vogueitalia cover with our favorite model and best friend @gisele transformed as the legendary Mina."

Though Bündchen's appeared on more than 2,000 magazine covers over her 20-year career, the mom of two — she and hubby Tom Brady share a son, Benjamin, 8, and daughter, Vivian, 5 — told Vogue magazine earlier this year she's never considered herself a model.

Gisele Bundchen says despite her 20-year modeling career, she's never considered herself a model. Nathan R Congleton / TODAY

"Modeling is a job that I do, a career that I’ve had," she explained. "It allowed me to see the world, and I was well-paid for it. But it never defined me."

Though top designers like Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana all clamored for her to walk their runways in the 2000s, Bündchen said the attention made her uncomfortable.

"I'm a Cancer, the little crab. Loves the home, her sanctuary, all the cozy things," she explained. "So I was a fish out of water in fashion. I was always like, 'Let me go to the job and go home.'"