Getting on Forbes' "highest paid" list has its perks and pitfalls. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen learned of this after being on the list several times -- particularly regarding the downsides of being on that prestigious annual list.
Gisele has landed on the top spot of Forbes' supermodel rich list for the seventh year in a row. According to The Daily Mail, the model has reportedly earned $42 million from June 2012 to June 2013. While these are very impressive numbers, she says these earnings are far from true.
"It's sad, because the people who write these things don't have my bank account details," Mrs. Tom Brady told Brazilian online news source MdeMulher. "I do OK, I earn plenty, but not as much as they say. I've already been audited by the IRS because of this list and, truthfully, whether I'm on this list or not doesn't interest me."
It appears she blames the financial news publication for the special attention she got from the IRS. The Brazilian catwalk queen has consistently topped the Forbes list of "the world's highest-paid supermodels", The Daily Mail noted.
Interestingly, Forbes did not let her comment go by without a response from them, which is as follows:
"You don't have to know the difference between Proenza and Prada to hazard an intelligent guess about Bündchen's annual earnings. With an extensive list of multi-year contracts with Pantene Pro-V, H&M , Chanel , Louis Vuitton and Oral-B - we predict the numbers are huge."
"FORBES estimated that Bündchen, who recently put her home on the market with for a reported $50 million, cashed in $42 million in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013. That's a measly $3 million dip from her total the year prior. In 2009, she topped our list of highest-paid models, cashing in $25 million in part due to her successful partnership with Brazilian footwear company Grendene," the financial news publication added.
Forbes' estimates were based on "editorial shoots, independent licensing ventures, spokesperson gigs and contracts from beauty and fashion companies."
The mom-of-three had also said that being in the said list didn't really mean anything to her.
"I've got the same interests, the same day-to-day life, as any woman. I want to raise my children well, be a good wife and work," she said, according to The Daily Mail. "There should be a magazine to quantify knowledge, understanding and love for people: That is power."