RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Euros? Dollars? Pounds? Gisele Bundchen insists she's perfectly happy with them all, again denying reports that the Brazilian supermodel is shunning the weak U.S. dollar in favor of European currency.
Bundchen — known to U.S. sports fans as the girlfriend of quarterback Tom Brady — has been struggling for months to knock down recurring reports that she insists on being paid in euros, which have been rising against the dollar.
"The story of the euro is a lie," she told the Brazilian newspaper O Globo in comments published Wednesday. "I work with many international companies, I earn salaries in different currencies, that's all."
Frustration is running high in Brazil over the weak dollar and its harm to South America's largest economy. The Brazilian real has nearly doubled in value against the dollar over the past five years, making local exports more expensive to Americans.
Bundchen, one of the world's richest models, was the main attraction at the Fashion Rio Week on Tuesday. She exhibited three outfits and drew wild applause in a puffy beige mini-dress.
O Globo said Bundchen set ground rules for the interview: no questions about her boyfriend.