An Australian PR expert recounted a 1996 phone call with supermodel Linda Evangelista in which she reportedly “went loose” over a quirky newspaper headline.
Also known as the “king of the spider,” Max Markson claimed that the Canadian model was the worst star he’s worked with during his four decades in the industry.
“I shouldn’t be saying this, but Linda Evangelista was definitely the worst,” he claimed on an episode of the podcast Life, Money & Love, hosted by Dylan Mullan.
Sparks the Markson! The agency’s founder then described an alleged incident in which Evangelista, 57, wore sweat during a treadmill launch party hosted by Australian TV legend Ita Buttrose.
When the supermodel asked him what to wear to the event at Sydney’s swanky Catalina Restaurant, he reportedly advised her to “wear something to go on the treadmill and then put on something nice.”
However, he claimed she wore a hoodie and shorts to the event, leading to a headline the next day that “fitted her with something a cleaner would wear.”
“The next day my phone starts ringing at 6am, which always means something is wrong,” Markson said.
And Linda Evangelista wants to give me a good mouthful, which she does, because The Sydney Morning Herald that day said, ‘Linda Evangelista was dressed as if she was going out to clean the toilet. [toilet] on a Sunday morning.’
He continued: ‘She got mad at me! Not that I wrote the story, but because I hadn’t advised her what to wear. And there was no point in trying to tell her I did.”
Markson claimed that she “badly insulted” him that night at a charity dinner and did not allow him to talk to her.
Representatives of Evangelista did not immediately respond to Vidak For Congress’s request for comment.
Evangelista recently returned to the modeling world when she walked in the Fendi show as part of New York Fashion Week this month.
It followed a six-year absence from the limelight after a “botched” cosmetic procedure that she claimed left her “disfigured”.
She announced on Instagram in July that she had settled an out-of-court lawsuit after suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., for $50 million in damages.
“I look forward to the next chapter of my life with friends and family, and am happy to put this business behind me. I am truly grateful for the support I have received from those who have reached out,” she wrote in a statement.