It's tough out there...for the world's highest-paid supermodel. Gisele Bündchen, who has led the pack on our annual list (for seven years running), is the latest victim to be stung by the IRS. And according to the Brazilian celebrity, she has FORBES to thank.
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Here we go again! The IRS audited yet another celebrity and it has been brought to the public. The world's top highest paid actress, Gisele Bundchen was audited by the IRS. But that isn't the most shocking part of it all. She blamed Forbes for it.
Gisele said, "It's sad because the people who write these thing don't have my bank account details, 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." Gisele made this statement to an online Brazilian publication.
Blaming Forbes doesn't help your image at all especially since they have much to back them up on. From all of the contracts that Bundchen has with top companies like Chanel, H&M, Pantene, and Louis Vuitton it isn't hard to understand she is making a lot. Readers were reminded that the Forbes list with earnings is estimated from editorial shoots, independent licensing ventures, contracts from companies, and spokesperson projects.
This article was Forbes way of defending their list and giving Gisele their statement. Let's hope this doesn't turn into a catfight! Forbes revealed her new project, to open Gisele Bundchen intimate stores becoming Victoria's secret rival. This previous VS angel is working with a lingerie maker that will help launch her new stores. Not only is this going to be a moneymaker for this supermodel but her contracts with Pantene and Grendene are continuing to be successful.
Gisele also made a statement letting it be known that money isn't her priority. In fact she said, "There should be a magazine to quantify knowledge, understanding, and love for people: that is power." Forbes didn't hesitate to remind her they have a list of the most powerful people too and she is number 95 on that one.
This little feud between Gisele and Forbes was entertaining. I related this back to Benoit's image restoration process. After the IRS audited Gisele, I believe she should have done nothing. The news wasn't big and if she let it go, would have vanished within days. But instead she used one of Benoit's strategies and shifted blame by blaming Forbes. Shifting blame is saying someone else did it and Gisele mentioned that the only reason she was audited was because of the Forbes list. She also used defeasibility by saying Forbes lacked information of her bank account statements and the list wasn't accurate. I feel that this backfired when Forbes came back out with their article and defended their list. Should have left this one on the catwalk, Gisele!