Tantrums, meltdowns, and outrageous demands – when you’re a model, it’s your sworn duty to be a bit of a diva. Of course, some models require slightly more than a macrobiotic smoothie and a flattering shade of lippy to keep them happy. Sometimes it’s a LOT more. From trying to halt a flight until a suitcase is accounted for, to a divorce settlement that included a £116,000 handbag budget, here are some of fashion’s BIGGEST divas, and their demands.
While she might be a Croydon girl at heart, there’s no denying that several decades as a fashion icon has more than qualified Mossy to be a bit of a diva. Back in 2010 she was launching a range of bags for Longchamp in Selfridges, when she reportedly demanded that staff ‘install’ a smoking area within the legendary, non-smoking building. Fortunately her other demands were simpler diva staples: champagne and scented candles.
Supermodels certainly love their heels, don’t they? Well, apparently not. Balenciaga cast Gisele Bundchen for their spring/summer 2011 show, where the model made it quite clear to the creative director that she didn’t want to walk in his shoes. It would seem he pandered to her worries, eliminating all heels from the show, and replacing them with flats instead. Of course, getting her own way isn’t anything new to Gisele – in 2007 she refused to be paid in dwindling dollars, opting for euros instead.
Supermodel, Naomi Campbell’s old arch nemesis, and of course a major TV star, Tyra Banks has done pretty well for herself over the years. And with great success comes great diva-like flip-outs. Indeed, Tyra’s amateur dramatics have become rather legendary. During a now-notorious episode of America’s Next Top Model, one of the contestants looked like she wasn’t taking things seriously, triggering Tyra’s infamous explosion. “I have never in my life yelled at a girl like this,” she shrieked, before concluding her tirade with these now-iconic words: “WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU! HOW DARE YOU!”
Former Pirelli calendar model Christina Estrada is probably better known as a wealthy divorcee than as a successful international model. After divorcing her Saudi tycoon husband of more than a decade after he decided to take a second wife, Christina refused the £36 million settlement offered, plumping for the sum of £196 million instead. This was because she needed a £116,000 handbag budget, £1 million for clothes, and a further £120,000 for fur coats and cocktail dresses (why they didn’t come under the clothes budget we’re not quite sure). Her reasoning behind these outrageous demands? “I am Christina Estrada. I was a top international model. I have lived this life. This is what I am accustomed to”. Fair enough then.
Linda Evangelista certainly has diva tendencies – she once famously proclaimed that she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 (though we’re guessing she would if she needed the loo enough). She also demanded that her billionaire ex, Francois-Henri Pinault, pay her $46,000 in child support for their four-year-old child. While that’s hardly a ghastly annual sum for a celebrity child, it turned out that Linda wanted this per MONTH. Why? “When I work, it can be a 16-hour day. 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." Ok then.
You didn’t think we’d talk about fashion’s biggest divas without talking about the queen herself, did you? Ms Campbell has long had reputation for kicking off when things don’t go her way, and at Heathrow Airport in 2008 the supermodel took it to new heights. After a piece of her luggage went missing, Naomi demanded that the airport hold her flight to Los Angeles, before swearing, kicking, and spitting at police officers.
She was later punished with 200 hours of community service, but it did little to stem her future diva antics. In 2010 during the Charles Taylor war crime trial, she told the court that being there was a “big inconvenience” to her, and while filming The Face in 2014 she apparently demanded that the crew didn’t speak to her, unless she spoke to them first. Well, you’d almost be disappointed if she DIDN’T make such ludicrous demands, right?