Gisele Bundchen was audited by the IRS after she made Forbes’ Rich List


Here are some photos of Gisele Bundchen shooting a commercial in Boston yesterday. The photos of Gisele in the white sweater are from the commercial shoot, and then the animal-print pants are her everyday clothes, as she’s saying goodbye to the crew. Quick note about the white sweater photos: does Gisele shave or wax above the knee? No judgment. But I can see some fine leg hairs above the knee. I used to be very good about shaving about the knee, but nowadays it’s not a part of my daily grooming. I might get to it once a week or something. I imagine Gisele’s leg hair sparkles like diamonds.

Anyway, Gisele recently spoke to a Brazilian outlet and she claims that after she was named to the top of Forbes’ “Supermodel Rich List,” she was audited by the IRS. Wow.

Not even supermodel Gisele Bündchen is immune from the Internal Revenue Service. The Brazilian bombshell told MdeMulher, a Brazilian news site, that she was audited by the IRS after she was listed on Forbes’ Supermodel Rich List.

“It’s sad, because the people who write these things don’t have my bank account details,” Bündchen, 33, said. “I do OK, I earn plenty, but not as much as they say. I have already been audited by the IRS because of this list, and, truthfully, whether I’m on this list or not doesn’t interest me.”

Forbes has ranked the former Victoria Secret runway model as the world’s richest supermodel for seven years in a row. In the past year, she raked in $42 million – about $4 million more than what her NFL quarterback husband Tom Brady took home.

Forbes estimated Bündchen’s earnings from editorial shoots, independent licensing ventures, spokesperson gigs and contracts from beauty and fashion companies.

Regardless of the numbers, the supermodel said she is a normal person.

“I’ve got the same interests, the same day-to-day life as any woman,” Bundchen said. “I want to raise my children well, be a good wife and work. This is what I value: Are my children educated, is my husband happy, are people feeling positive energy from me? There should be a magazine to quantify knowledge, understanding and love for people: That is power.”

[From Fox News]

THANKS OBAMA. Actually, I was recently reading that the average citizen’s chances of being audited are the lowest they’ve been in decades. But I guess when Forbes declares that you’re raking in $40-plus million a year, the IRS is going to want to take a peek. As for what Gisele says she really values, like her children’s education and a happy husband… she probably means it. For the most part, I think Gisele and Tom have their priorities straight. One exception: they love shelling out crazy money for crazy real estate.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Totally didn’t read the story but I just wanted to say that I still can’t believe there are so many people that don’t think she’s beautiful.
    It just shows how subjective beauty is because I think she’s simply stunning.

    Those leopard-print pants are really bad though. Make those go away, like forever.

    • watchmaker says:

      My thoughts exactly, TKO!

    • Anon says:

      I completely agree!
      I think she is stunning. Not just her body, or her hair. But her face as well. It has a certain amount of character, doesn’t it? It is not a face you see often.

    • V4real says:

      I’m sorry Kitten , I’m one of those people you speak of. I don’t think she’s ugly by any means , I just don’t see beauty. You’re right beauty is subjective, take Lupita for example. Some ladies on this site thinks she is gorgeous and I just find her looks ok.

      • No need to be sorry at all. I think a lot of people would agree with you. But yeah, it just illustrates how we all perceive beauty differently.

        She doesn’t have “classic” good looks-her nose is a bit too large, her eyes too small, her face a smidge too long, but somehow these features altogether form this beautiful and unique face, in my opinion.

      • Jessica says:

        I’m with you, I think Giselle and Lupita are just ok, kind of meh. I don’t find either one “stunning”.

    • doofus says:

      for me, she’s like that woman that Jerry dated on Seinfeld.

      sometimes, like in the photos of her in the white sweater, I agree…GORGEOUS. and then I see pics of her and I think…wow, she looks really manly and not pretty at all. angles, maybe?

      • lucy2 says:

        Angles and lighting I think – I’m the same way with her, sometimes she looks stunning and other times not so much.

    • Elle Kaye says:

      I think she is a handsome woman with unconventional beauty. She does not have delicate features, they are strong. It is what I find attractive abot her, and her hair is simply stunning.

    • Audrey says:

      The white sweater photos are absolutely stunning

      Dreading seeing what Brady wears to the Met Gala this year

    • V4real says:

      I get what you guys mean by unconventional beauty because I have taste in some women that others say are not attractive. I find Amanda Seyfried beautiful and my friends are like really.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes. I’d like one of everything from the photo shoot (two of the sweater – I know my sister would steal it otherwise), but those leopard print pants are ghastly.

    • Eve says:

      Gisele Bundchen is one of those women that makeup does make a world of difference, when she is made up she looks stunning but when she goes natural she looks just average OK (but still not ugly). Its her thin, somewhat masculine face that can make her look more tired and rough without the makeup. I always liked Gisele B. and I think she is pretty but its her model body that elevates her level of overall attractiveness the most, not her face.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I have seen her when she’s in workout clothes, no makeup, and sweaty and she’s absolutely stunning. Normal people just don’t look like that.

      • V4Real says:

        @Lilacflowers who said normal people just don’t look like that. Well I hardly wear make-up and I and others consider myself attractive without it. I met my ex and current BF make-up free and they are good looking men. So I don’t buy that normal people just don’t look like that.

    • DottieDot says:

      I don’t think she is.

    • Zana says:

      She is not that stunning if you see her original beauty before nose surgery. If she had not done that procedure, believe me she was not going to be this high paid model. Just google her before and after nose surgery and you will see that she was just average looking. Same stands with many actresses nowadays…her body is amazing though.

    • Zigggy says:

      This sounds so stupid, but I have alway believed that everyone is beautiful in their own way.

  2. blue marie says:

    My mom has been audited 4 times and she is no where near rich. The last time happening shortly after my pop passed. So yeah, the IRS can suck it.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      Yeah… I received a letter from them last year saying that I owed them over $14,000 in backed taxes because I was an independent contractor for my brothers’ company. I don’t know where they got that one from. I was working an hourly wage job at the time. Suck it, indeed.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      They sound like the CRA in Canada which also sucks BIGTIME if you get on the ‘wrong’ side of them.

  3. don't kill me i'm french says:

    In my country France,the rich or famous persons dislike to be photographed in their own home because they’re afraid of our local IRS.(The fiscal fraud is a national sport)

  4. Loopy says:

    Forbes figures are known to be highly inflated.

  5. We Are All Made of Stars says:

    That is one stank leopard print and sneaker outfit. I don’t think anybody shaves above the knee unless they have dark hair. Why would you? You have fine, golden blonde hair on your thighs if you are/were a natural blonde. If you shave it, it will turn brown and coarse. I don’t care how many times some dude on the internet tries to debunk that as an old wive’s tale, it is true, at least for many people. I have the belly button to prove it! 🙂

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      @WALMOS: actually I am blonde if i don’t it gets really long…so yes, I do shave above the knee. Just a personal preference. And I agree that outfit is stank.

    • RN says:

      The act of passing a sharp object over the surface of the skin has no magical powers to change hair color. If it did, then I could just comb my hair with a sharp-toothed comb, rather than hand over my hard-earned money to my hairdresser today to color my roots.

      • BooBooLaRue says:


      • We Are All Made of Stars says:

        And yet strangely enough, I had the same fine blonde hairs on the bottoms of my legs as I currently have on my knees, thighs, and arms, until I started to shave them. I have tried growing the hair out (nasty) on the theory that it only looks darker because it is cut, but nope, it just kept growing in dark. I regret ever shaving the blonde hair off in the first place.

    • Elle Kaye says:


      I am blonde, have always shaved every inch of my legs, and the hair has always been the same color. It is a bit lighter on the top than it is on the lower portion, but it never changed color from shaving. It is possible that the sun is lightening the hair on your legs and that is why it seems lighter than the new growth. I just can’t go without shaving. I love the way it feels all smooth and silky when I go to bed at night.

      • Elle Kaye says:

        I read your post @Stars. Who am I to tell you what your hair looks like…right? For many it doesn’t effect their hair. Nothing in life is 100%, so you might be the lucky recipient of dark hair growth. I’m sorry about that! Just don’t use that cream…it burns like crazy. At least for me it did. I had welts.

    • Nighty says:

      Lucky me, fine, short, blonde hair all over the legs…. 🙂 Never needed to wax my legs, YES!!!

  6. Kim1 says:

    I knew the Forbes list was BS years ago.I remember Angelina not working for years yet almost every year she is in the top 5 actresses.I also noticed that some film actresses earn the same exact salary year after year after year.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      I remember Hugh Jackman was in Forbes’s most paid actors list a year when he did a hiatus of movie work ( he only worked in Broadway)
      Or Christian Bale doesn’t do Forbes’s list since 2008 ( and in 2008,he “only” gained $10 milions for 2 movies) Batman movies paid badly or it was BS

  7. BooBooLaRue says:

    “I imagine Gisele’s leg hair sparkles like diamonds.” Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh too darn funny this morning Kaiser!

    • danielle says:

      I had a blonde friend who didn’t shave – she would get tan in the summer and her legs had a golden glow – seriously! As a pale skinned brunette, I hated her a little.

  8. Chinoiserie says:

    You are supposed to shave above the knee? At least my hair is so fine there you can barely see it. Shaving arm hair would be more noticeable.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I really doubt the Forbes article had anything to do with it, everyone knows those aren’t by any means accurate, and the IRS audits people of all income levels all the time. Maybe something on a return raised a red flag, or it was just random.

  10. FLORC says:

    Those animal print leggings are awful.

    And would Gisele feel the same about Tom if he said I need you to pay for some stuff? Like pick up half the bills? Sure she values her family in the situation she has now, but if it wasn’t so tailored to her wants would she suck it up and sacrifice to make it work?

  11. mel says:

    Animal prints are soooo tacky. She is pretty…I think the reason people don’t find her attractive is due to her condescending attitude.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      I like me a nice leopard print coat on the right person. If you really think about it, there hasn’t been a decade from the 1950s onward where leopard print coats or jackets haven’t been in style in some guise or other. They can go screen siren, rock God, classic with a twist, you name it.

      I always thought she had a busted face even before I knew anything about her alleged attitude. I just think she’s ugly and mannish. I tend not to like commercial models though, I find them rather cheesy and silly as a lot.

  12. John says:

    “It’s sad, because the people who write these things don’t have my bank account details”

    Yes, it’s terribly sad that you and your husband have a combined annual income of almost $100 million and are being asked for accountability.
    She is so clueless.

    If she paid her taxes, it’s not a problem. Regular, far-from-wealthy folks get audited every year by the IRS for a host of reasons, are we supposed to feel sorry for her because she’s being treated like everyone else?

  13. qtpi says:

    Lol on the quote “I do OK.”

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      With you. “I do “OK” means I pay my bills, rent and buy food for dog and cats, and maybe splurge at Target once in a while. LOL

    • Anon says:

      And yet, if she had said ‘I do fantastically and can afford whatever I want’, she would be sneered at. Better to downplay wealth than flaunt it if you’re a celebrity.

    • sienna says:

      No, in rich circles there is a lot of “I do OK”. One always says that to someone who tells them, that they are rich. In my experience, most of the times it is meant too, as very few rich people feel rich. The other funny thing about wealth is that you always know someone richer than you.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        True enough. But “rich” folks have cash flow that less rich folks do not, i.e., no living from paycheck to paycheck and hoping the rent check doesn’t bounce and the overdraft fee keeps you from buying gas for the car. Yet, I always know someone who is less rich than I am as well.

      • sienna says:

        So true BooBoo!

  14. Heather says:

    If you work for yourself or own your own business, taxes are incredibly complex. Each year Donald Rumsfeld sends his return in with a note tot he IRS that says he has no idea if it is correct or not, and that speaks to how ridiculously and unnecessarily complicated the US Tax Code is – and how Congress needs to do something about it. I sympathize with Giselle, because I own my own business and so does my husband and we pay every cent of our estimated taxes and always get hit with an enormous bill come April. And our CPA’s invariably make mistakes, we catch them, and it’s a nightmare until midnight on April 15th. Then, last year alone the IRS sent us no less than 3 separate notices of this or that deficiency, demanding tens of thousand of additional dollars, we had to pay our CPA’s to respond each time and EACH TIME THE IRS MADE A MISTAKE. My point is that saying Giselle should pay her taxes like everyone else and if she does she has nothing to worry about – making it seem so simple –is very simple-minded.

    Now, on to the positives, I love Gis’s attitude…how she says her priorities are educating and raising her children and making her husband happy….YES…this woman has her heart in the right place and her priorities in the right place. Great message to send and something I need to remind myself of — I usually do good to prioritize my daughter but I can use reminding to also prioritize my dear, sweet hubbie!!

    • Ag says:

      does rumsfeld really claim to do that? crazy. and i doubt it’s true, as he’s rich enough to have people do taxes for him. if he actually does that, it’s a political statement, and not an actual reflection of his accountants’ ability to do his taxes correctly.

      i just looked it up – he indeed claims to have sent this letter to the IRS. haha. and he writes that his inability to do his taxes is “a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.” indeed. it’s a sad commentary on the state of our government that a person who claims (i am sure falsely) that he has no idea if his taxes are done correctly (as if he did them himself) was actually really high up in our government at some point.

      re your business tax issues – maybe a tax attorney would do a better job than a CPA? i have a bias, though, because i’m a lawyer. 🙂

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Sorry but Donald Rumsfeld gets no sympathy. What an absolute pr$ck of a man.

      • Elle Kaye says:

        I agree, BooBoo, that man was a condescending jerk to Condelezza Rice.

      • Heather says:

        Ag, Yes, Donald really does that. There was an article in the papers about it this week! And it was my point exactly that the tax code is too complicated – which is the political statement he was trying to make. It needs to be simplified. And I am an attorney and a partner in the law firm that I partially own, and so is my husband! And my husband does tax law…..doesn’t mean it is all cut and dry and that the IRS can’t come back and harass you. Like I said, it was not our mistake, it was the IRS’s mistake each and every time they came back to us and asked for more money. Might be what happened to Gis too ….they think she makes too much money, they audit her, and it was all legit in the first place.

  15. Ag says:

    yeah, i feel awful for her. that her accountants had to deal with the IRS. boo-hoo, seriously.

  16. K.B. says:

    I’ve never felt strongly one way or another about her, but I cannot believe she’s shilling for Pantene. Way to cheapen your brand.

    Also, I’m a brunette, so I’m obsessive about removing body hair. I’ve always been jealous of my blonde friends who don’t have to remove their arm hair and can go a few extra days without shaving their legs.

    • Erinn says:

      Ugh I can handle my arm hair because I have really light arm hair – though there’s a ton of it. Leg hair shows up so quick. I can see it the same day I shaved because it’s darker, and more blunt from shaving.

    • Alex says:

      My best friend is half native American. She does not have to shave her armpits and she is a brunette. I’m so envious

  17. Dame Snarkweek says:


  18. Hautie says:

    I did not realize that Gisele was a full fledged, tax paying US citizen. I realize she married one… but I just assumed she was still paying the majority of her taxes to Brazil.

    And building that huge house in California, has probably more to do with the audit. (Plus building another one near Boston.) The amount spent to build it… versus your actual income stated to the IRS for that time period. They get nosy when you can drop that kind of cash in general.

    • lunchcoma says:

      You don’t need to be a US citizen to pay taxes in the US. She probably earns most of her money here and would need to file anywhere she was considered to have earned her income.

    • Miss M says:

      I am neither a citizen nor a resident and I pay taxes every year because I study and live here.

  19. Bridget says:

    I’m not shocked. While I don’t assume that the Forbes List as completely accurate, especially since they only go by gross income and some of the numbers are just estimates, a lot of Giselle’s deals were announced publicly and are fairly high profile (and therefore easy to look up). And considering that she’s stated that she gets paid in Euros (vs dollars) and a lot of her contracts are international, its not a leap for the IRS to want to take a look at her finances.

    • Miss M says:

      But if she is not a US citizen and the money is not made in US, does the IRS have anything to do with it?!

    • Miss D says:

      Actually, she never said that, Bridget. She gets paid in Euros AND dollars. And sometimes she works in Brazil.

  20. lunchcoma says:

    I don’t buy that. She probably does at least some of her work as an independent contractor, which makes taxes complicated and puts you at high risk of an audit, since so many self-employed people fudge their deductions.

    – self-employed person who’s still recovering from this year’s tax filings

    • Rockymtnprincess says:

      -self employed and still recovering from the hangover from the wine I had to drink to be able to write those checks. Deal with it Gis.

  21. Maggie says:

    I find her very beautiful too.

  22. Ginger says:

    I see her as tall and willowy in the ways that most models are. I fall into the camp that while I certainly don’t think she’s ugly I don’t think her looks are remarkable. Also I don’t shave above the knee all Winter. I only bother when the warm weather arrives.

  23. Dawn says:

    So I have a friend who can’t stand her and she always calls her the granddaughter of some Nazi jerk who was wanted for war crimes and ended up in Brazil. I think she is beautiful and smart and that’s why I like her. Plus she is a mother to her children and not always handing them off to the nanny. But to each their own I guess.

    • CaseyJ says:

      You can bash your friend for her historical ignorance. Both sets of Gisele’s grandparents were very much Brazilians and remind her that in US is so much more common and acceptable to claim someone is from the country/countries their any ancestors came from when the person is American to the core than in Brazil.

  24. Miss says:

    “There should be a magazine to quantify knowledge, understanding and love for people: That is power.” Books?

  25. butterfly J says:

    Where can I get that outfit??!! Does anyone know who she was modeling for? Not that I could afford it, but my goodness, I love every piece!

  26. Lilacflowers says:

    If she was wearing those shorts yesterday in Boston, as the article says, she must have been freezing. We woke up to snow.