Linda Evangelista has told a New York court she needs $43,000 every month to maintain her looks while being a single mother.
The 46-year-old supermodel appeared at Manhattan's Family Court this week to claim child support from French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, the father of her four-year-old son Augustin.
Evangelista has asked the court to grant her $43,000 per month to allow her to raise Augustin while continuing to work as a model.
She told the judge she required the money to pay for a team of armed drivers and a 24-hour nanny to care for her son while she was working, visiting the gym and attending her many beauty appointments.
"When I work it can be a 16-hour day," she told the court. "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."
If Evangelista's request is granted, it will be one of the largest support orders ever granted in the family court.
Pinault is married to actress Salma Hayek. His family is worth $1.5 billion and he was only revealed to be the father of Evangelista's son last month.
Pinault and Hayek have a three-year-old daughter, Valentina, and Evangelista claims the child is living in luxury while her son has been completely ignored.
The judge is expected to give his ruling on the case next month.
Video: Supermodels of the '80s and '90s
- BooksSubscribe to The Australian Women's Weekly magazine from $15
Australian Women's WeeklyToday 9:30am