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Entry from December 24, 2013
“I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day”

“We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” is what supermodel Linda Evangelista said in Vogue, “Pretty Women,” by Jonathan Van Meter, October 1990. Evangelista was joking, talking about herself and fellow model Christy Turlington “I feel like those words are going to be engraved on my tombstone,” Evangelista told Vogue in September 2001.

“We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” became “I don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day’ and “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day” in various versions of the quotation. The money amount changes and the quote is often said by others for comic effect. For example, a low-salaried worker might joke, “I don’t get out of bed for less than seven dollars an hour.”


Wikiquote: Linda Evangelista
Linda Evangelista (born May 10, 1965, in St. Catharines, Ontario) is a Canadian supermodel. She is part of “The Trinity” and is commonly credited as responsible for sparking supermodel mania.

We have this expression, Christy and I: We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.
. Spoken in Vogue (1990) to Jonathan Van Meter, talking about money and how she and a few other models were calling the shots and changing the game: Christy refers to supermodel Christy Turlington
. Often misquoted as: “We don’t get out of bed for less than...” or “I don’t get out of bed for less than...”

I feel like those words are going to be engraved on my tombstone. It was brought up every single time I did an interview. I apologized for it; I acknowledged it; I said it was true; I said it was a joke. Do I regret it? I used to regret. Not anymore. I don’t regret anything anymore. Would I hope that I would never say something like that ever again? Yes. Am I capable of saying something like that again? I hope not.
. Vogue, (Sept. 2001): About the Vogue (1990) quote.

Voguepedia: Linda Evangelista (model)
1990
October: Featured alongside Turlington in “Pretty Women,” Jonathan Van Meter’s profile on the top models and best friends; Evangelista jokingly utters what will become one of the most famous phrases in the fashion world: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” The comment—once described as the “Let them eat cake” of the twentieth century—triggers a backlash against Evangelista and the Trinity, “until it drove the whole supermodel train right off the tracks,” Van Meter will later note. “I feel like those words are going to be engraved on my tombstone,”[17] Evangelista later says.
(...)
3. “Pretty Women,” by Jonathan Van Meter. Vogue, October 1990.
17. “She’s Back,” by Jonathan Van Meter. Vogue, September 2001.

10 May 2002, Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal, pg. B3, col. 4:
TODAY’S QUOTE: “I don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.”—Linda Evangelista

Google Books
Bad and Beautiful:
Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels

By Ian Halperin
New York, NY: Citadel
2003
Pg. 107:
Linda Evangelista enraged both the public and the industry when she was quoted as saying, “Christy and I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day.”

The Internet Movie Database
Quotes for Eddie (Character)
from Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Eddie: Tempting but I don’t get out of bed for less than half a million dollars.

Google Books
Bright Lights, Big Ass:
A Self-indulgent, Surly Ex-sorority Girl’s Guide to Why It Often Sucks in the City, or Who Are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?

By Jen Lancaster
New York, NY: New American Library
2007
Pg. 13:
Due to my own arrogance, 1 didn’t realize until far too late it was a bad idea to tell potential employers, “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a month.”

Twitter
Liana Maeby
‏@lianamaeby
I don’t get out of bed for less than, like, $10 or the promise of a decent sandwich a day.
2:31 PM - 27 Jul 12

Twitter
Wayne Dorsey
‏@TheFatherload
Today was the first time that I said the phrase “I don’t get out of bed for things like that”, with zero sarcastic connotation.
2:50 PM - 24 Dec 13

Twitter
howrudeareyou
‏@howrudeareyou
$20,000 a year? I don’t get out of BED for less than $100,000!” #ItsAWonderfulLife
8:38 PM - 24 Dec 13

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • Permalink