Back in the 80s, the “supers” (aka supermodels) got their name because of their unique power to request insane amounts of money for their services. The old saying was, “Linda doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000.” Oh me, oh my, how times have changed. Long gone are the the five figure days, well for the supers that is.
In 2014, the supermodels of our day are a whole different kettle of fish. They’re all just as gorgeous (although many a hell of a lot skinnier), but some have managed to turn that five figure average day pay into six. Forbes published an article last week pointing out that Gisele Bundchen, arguably one of the most recognizable models of our time, had earned $386 million over the course of her career. They brought that number down further to estimate that the model was earning $128,000 every single day from all of her brand work this year.
Poor Gisele, this will inevitably mean another IRS audit. After being featured on Forbes Rich List last year, Gisele announced that the IRS had come hunting. Seems these inflated numbers can cause the taxman to get a bit jittery about his share.
So how exactly does a supermodel make $47 million in one year, equating to $128,000 a day?
Well, Gisele has contracts with H&M, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci and Balenciaga. She also has several lines bearing her name that are selling out around the globe. Then she has engagements on home turf in Brazil, where she models for several brands. She basically has the golden touch and everyone wants their fill.
There’s no arguing Gisele Bundchen is THE Super of 2014.