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Ah, to lead the life of a supermodel. Whilst if we happened to crave a cigarette in Selfridges, it's unlikely the store would set up a VIP smoking area for us; nor would Balenciaga create a bespoke line of flats for us just because we decided we didn't want to wear heels. Supers, howevers, are accustomed to enjoying a rather privileged lifestyle than most, so expect a rather more polished service from those around them - and it can end in drama if their expectations aren't met...

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Gisele Bündchen - heel no

Like all of us, Gisele Bündchen is a lady who loves her shoes - just not heels, as revealed in a recent interview with Balenciaga's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. Speaking about casting his spring/summer 2011 catwalk models, the designer told fashion industry magazine WWD, "Gisele was worried; she would not walk with my heels."

Fast forward to the show in question, and not one heel was to be found on the runway, with a new range of mannish chunky flats characterising Balenciaga's spring/summer 2011 shoe offering instead. Now that's what we call a personal service.

Kate Moss - no smoke without fire

In early 2010, Kate Moss reportedly demanded an entire designer smoking area to be installed at Selfridges, ahead of her launch of a range of bags for Longchamp at the London department store. Additional requests for the space apparently included champagne and scented candles. No word on whether she got her way in the non-smoking store, but we wouldn't doubt it - it is Kate Moss, after all.

Naomi Campbell - mile high demands

Naomi Campbell's diva behaviour is well-documented - but perhaps her most misplaced demand came when she insisted staff delay a London to Los Angeles flight in 2008 after one of her bags went missing.

The alteraction that resulted ended up with Naomi kicking and spitting at a police officer who came on-board to diffuse the situation - landing her with 200 hours’ community service and being ordered to pay compensation. We're guessing she may think twice before raising an objection next time...

Linda Evangelista

Linda Evangelista - the supermodel who once who once boasted she didn't get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day - raised a few eyebrows after demanding a record $46,000 a month in child support from billionaire luxury goods boss Francois-Henri Pinault (also Salma Hayek's husband).

Linda, herself worth an estimated £5 million, requested the eye-watering sum for around-the-clock childcare for Augustin James, her four-year-old son with Pinault. Justifying the request, Evangelista reasoned, "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."

Tyra Banks

All Tyra Banks demanded was a little humility in a dramatic episode of America's Next Top Model in 2005. One contestant failed to pay heed however and, outraged by would-be-model Tiffany laughing and joking after she was given the boot from the show, Tyra exploded.

"I have never in my life yelled at a girl like this," she yelled, in what has become a classic excerpt of reality TV. "I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you. How dare you! Learn something from this."

Lesson learned: never cross Tyra. Ever.

Janice Dickinson

Janice Dickinson is another model famed for her flamboyant behaviour, but one notable demand that was reported earlier this year was - more money.

Having kicked her addictions on reality TV show Celebrity Rehab 4, Janice reportedly demanded huge sums to reappear on the reunion show - first refusing to appear, then requesting roughly double what everyone else was being paid.

"Janice had ridiculous demands for money and other things she wanted," a source told Radar Online. "But she finally agreed to attend after all."

May Andersen

Back in 2006, Danish supermodel May Andersen clearly didn't have her demands met after she hit a flight attendant having become "unruly and violent" on a Miami-bound plane.

She was detained for two days in a Miami jail before being deported, and accepted a plea deal later that year.

Not the most successful of trips, then...

Gisele Bündchen

Having started with Gisele - currently rated the world's number one supermodel - it seems only right to end with her.

In 2007, the Brazilian beauty reacted promptly to the slide in the US dollar (it hit an all-time low, triggering the start of the recession) by refusing to be paid in it. Instead, the model put out a request to be paid in euros, her sister and manager told the Bloomberg news agency.

However, she may be reconsidering now that the euro has been thrown into turmoil by various debt-ridden member countries.



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