Can You Take Out Insurance on Your Mustache?
When you see your body as an essential part of your career, you may consider taking out insurance on your "assets." These celebrities did.
David Beckham is famous for his fast legs. Heidi Klum is coveted for her lengthy ones. Madonna wouldn’t be famous if she didn’t have a few assets on her side— or should I say— front.
David Beckham is only famous for his fast legs. Heidi Klum is only famous for her lengthy legs. Madonna wouldn’t be famous if she didn’t have a few assets on her side… or should I say… on her front.
The above paragraph may just be me venting. Perhaps I’m jealous that these celebrities are making millions and traveling the world like – well – celebrities, and I am not. And just for a pair of long legs?
Turns out, I’m not the only one who correlates celebrity body attributes to their success.
Apparently, the aforementioned celebrities (and many others you’ll read about) actually think they would lose their celebrity income if they were to lose a body part. Ouch.
Consider David Beckham. He got rich and famous largely because of his legs. Without those, his income could possibly be zero. What else would he do? Maybe he could become a carpenter. Rumor has it, Han Solo – I mean, Harrison Ford – was just about ready to quit acting and settle down as a carpenter when he met George Lucas.
SO WHAT WOULD THESE CELEBRITIES DO WITHOUT THEIR FAMOUS BODY PARTS? THEY DON’T KNOW!
That’s why they have insured their “assets.” In the event something happens to their famous body part(s), they will still have an income stream thanks to their insurance policy payout.
Without further ado, let’s see how much insurance these celebrities took out on their bodies:
At the height of his career, David Beckham reportedly had his legs insured for $195 million. When originated, it was the biggest personal insurance policy in sports history. According to TIME, it is rumored the policy had to be split among several companies, and it even covered disfigurement.
Heidi Klum, the former Victoria’s Secret model, is currently famous for the television shows Project Runway and America’s Got Talent. Despite being behind a desk for most of the time on AGT, Heidi still reportedly has her legs insured – for separate amounts. Her left leg is insured for $1 million, her right leg is insured for $1.2 million (the left leg has a -$200,000 scar on her knee). It’s reported she once fell on broken glass. I’m guessing it probably happened in a beer hall…
Mariah Carey has her legs insured as well – allegedly for $1 billion.
Mariah Carey’s net worth is “only” $510 million, making her insurance policy worth more than everything she owns combined!
Meanwhile, Madonna reportedly has her breasts insured for a whopping $2 million. That’s saying a lot, since Dolly Parton apparently only has hers insured for $600,000. Maybe bigger isn’t better.
Julia Roberts reportedly insures her Mona Lisa smile for a jaw-dropping $30 million.
She should start doing toothpaste commercials just to pay for the premiums. Honestly, I bet her dentist gets nervous whenever she comes through the door. “I can’t mess up today. I can’t mess up today. Seriously, I can NOT mess up today.”
If you think these insurance policies are new, they’re aren’t! Silent film star Ben Turpin became famous largely due to his crossed eyes. It’s said that he insured them somewhere in the range of $20,000 to $100,000, just in case they ever became uncrossed!
Marlene Dietrich lived around the same time as Ben Turpin, and even back then, she knew to take out insurance on her voice – reportedly for $1,000,000. Talk about something to sing about!