Once again, supermodel Linda Evangelista is making news for monetary issues. Back during the supermodel era of the 90s, Evangelista infamously said, “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day“. That quote pretty much ignited the supermodel backlash and started the trend of actresses taking over models on magazine covers. I always loved Linda’s cocky attitude. Hell, I’d have it too if I was BFFs with Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington and the three of us ruled the fashion industry and beyond.
In the past few years, Linda seems to have mellowed after becoming a mother. She gave birth to her son Augustin four years ago. The identity of the father was unknown until Linda filed for child support at Manhattan Family Court. French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault who’s worth about $11.5 billion is Augustin’s baby daddy. Pinault is the CEO of PPR which owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent and other high-fashion brands.
Given that Pinault is worth billions, Linda is fearful for her child’s safety and worries about attempts to kidnap Augustin for ransom claims. She is requesting $46,000 a month in child support. Evangelista states she requires a troupe of armed chauffeurs and full-time nannies available 24-7. Why does she need around the clock nannies? She gave the following explanation to the judge.
“On days when I do not work, I am working on my image. I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete.”
I take it back. It doesn’t look like Linda has mellowed at all. God love her. If the court grants Evangelista’s request, it would most likely become the largest support order in the court’s history. While it may seem Francois-Henri is a deadbeat dad, he’s fully supporting his other offspring. In an interesting twist, worthy of a soap opera, he’s married to actress Salma Hayek. The two have a daughter named Valentina who happens to be only a few months younger than Augustin. Someone certainly rebounded quite quickly.
While Pinault is worth a reported $11.5 billion, Linda doesn’t do shabby herself. The former supermodel is worth $8 million and earned a reported $1.8 million last year. Even if she doesn’t receive the full sum for her child support request, her son Augustin will certainly be taken care of. Lucky kid.