That was going to be my next question. Let me just regroup here.… Forbes has reported that you made $35 million last year, more than twice as much as any other model in the world.
Do you think that's important to me? Look, this is my job. I take pictures. There is no big deal. I would like to know who this reporter is finding out all of these amounts. And I would like him to talk to my accountant and figure out where is the cash that's missing. Because I haven't seen it.
Did you feel ridiculous walking the runway for Victoria's Secret in underwear and a pair of giant wings?
[flashes a complicit smile] I never had the really big ones. Would I have that idea? I don't think so, but you have to respect it. It's a dream, right?
In December 2005 at a New England Patriots game at Foxboro Stadium, the newly single supermodel was shown a photograph of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Her take, as published in the Boston Herald: "Tom Brady, definitely not too shabby. He's cute, but if he has a girlfriend, he's gay to me." On a Boston radio program, Brady was told of her remarks. "Oh, jeez, that's a little harsh," he said.
Were you using the media to tell Brady you wanted to date him?
Look, I'm Brazilian. I had never seen football before. I'm freezing, and all I'm thinking is, When can I go back to New York City? I didn't understand why they were all hitting each other. Now I do, but I didn't. I just wanted to get out of there, so I'm just gonna say what you say to get out of a conversation. If he had been any other guy, I would have said the same thing. We met through a friend who knew us both for a long time. Believe me, I didn't even remember [the picture of Brady]. Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did. So I guess he was right.
As a kid, you'd planned to become a professional volleyball player. Is this shared affinity for sports an important part of your relationship?
[softly and carefully] I think we have a lot of things in common, and I think he is a really great person. He really, genuinely doesn't have a bad bone in his body. And he is a very positive person.
After the Patriots lost the Super Bowl—and their chance at an undefeated season—you and Brady went on a lengthy tour of Latin America and Europe. Was he distraught about the loss?
All I have to say about that is that I was really proud of him. Winning eighteen games in a season, I think it's amazing. I mean, I'm talking for myself. I can't talk for him, okay?
You're a worldly supermodel; he's an athlete from San Mateo, California. Are you teaching him about things like Riesling and seviche and langoustines?
Your questions are funny. Look, all I'm saying—do you want some ChapStick?—is I'm not teaching anybody anything. Everybody learns from traveling. I think we all do. I really don't know how to answer that question, I'm sorry.
What you are to Vogue, Brady is to GQ, in a way. He's a regular in this magazine. He's also done some advertising work. My editor wondered if you've advised him at all in his modeling career.
Oh, my God. I want you to tell your editor that that's a very stupid question. It's private. And—nah.
In 2005 you told another interviewer that you'd never been proposed to. Is that still true?
Yeah, it's true.