Supermodel Christina Estrada (um, WHO?) is seeking up to $262 million in compensation for her 13-year marriage to Dr. Walid Juffali, a 61-year-old Saudi billionaire.
“I am Christina Estrada,” she announced in court this week. “I was a top international model. I have lived this life. This is what I am accustomed to.”
Well, alright then. You go, Miss Thing.
Estrada claimed she was “standing up” for women by fighting for case, and regardless of how luxurious her lifestyle sounded insisted hers was a “hard life full of responsibilities.” In fact, it’s SO HARD, she began sobbing on the witness stand when describing a phone call with her daughter who said to her, “Mummy, you are going to make me a poor girl.”
Here’s how the $262 million price tag breaks down:
$73 million for property, a $1.3 million-a-year clothes budget, including $53,000 for fur coats (THAT’S ALL?), $146,000 for haute couture dresses and $28,000 for shoes every year.
Estrada found what she felt was an acceptable home in London’s Eaton Square for $73 million that would cost another $8.7 million to decorate as she wished. Another property, costing $8.7 million was dismissed because it would have meant Estrada would have had to share a floor with her staff.
Share a floor with her staff?
I mean, can you IMAGINE?
What is this, the slums of Calcutta?
She also needed $37,000 for Wimbledon tickets, and $13,300 to attend Sir Elton John’s annual white tie ball.
Estrada’s list of demands included a further $5.9 million dollars needed for a country home, and almost $454,000 for staff. The Mail further listed $647,000 to rent a yacht for two weeks, $6,439 to tip the crew, $330,000 for a Paris holiday at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz, plus $99,000 for the nanny’s room; as well as many other thousands of dollars for a vacation in the south of France, beauty treatments, luxury handbags, casual handbags, clutch handbags, mobile phones, new suitcases, face cream, and sunglasses.
The Mirror reported that Estrada’s ex-husband’s lawyer asked her: “You are claiming for 55 pairs of boots and shoes, at a cost of £58,000 every year. Can you not see that that is a lot of money?”
“Not really,” Estrada replied. “That is what they cost. That is the standard I am used to.”
The 35 watches she needed were part of a collection, and necessary as “it depends what I am wearing and needs to go with my outfit.”
Estrada’s entertainment bill demand—$16,000 a year—was possibly undermined when, asked to name another opera besides La Traviata she had been to see (in Paris, no less), Estrada replied, The Nutcracker, which—as was pointed out to her—was a ballet.
Her ex-husband’s lawyers have labeled Estrada’s claims as “excessive, exaggerated, and firmly in gasp territory.”
Frances Hughes, representing Estrada, said in a statement: “The tactics deployed by Dr. Juffali’s legal team have the sole aim of publicly humiliating Ms. Estrada, whose claim for £196m ($262m) represents a tiny proportion of his wealth and a very significant downgrade on the standard of living to which she and her daughter became accustomed to during the marriage.”
For a more detailed breakdown of her demands, go here.
(via Daily Beast)