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Claudia Schiffer was one of the most famous German models for many years. In the 1990s, she appeared on more than 1000 covers, presenting catwalk fashion for major labels such as Chanel, Valentino and Dior. After ending her catwalk career, she appeared in various film and television productions. Claudia Schiffer’s second marriage is to film producer Matthew Vaughn, with whom she has three children. The family lives in the Notting Hill area of London.
Claudia Schiffer was born on August 25, 190 in Rheinberg near Düsseldorf, the eldest of four siblings. Her father was a lawyer. She experienced a sheltered childhood. In her spare time she played tennis, piano and took ballet lessons. Later she goes to high school. As a child, she expressed the desire to study law later and to work with her father as a lawyer in a law firm. However, in 1987 she was discovered in a Düsseldorf discotheque by the manager of a model agency and asked to take test shots in Paris. This resulted in the first photo series for magazines and clothing brands. Through the encouragement of Karl Lagerfeld, who later referred to Claudia Schiffer as his muse, she received her first catwalk assignments for major brands while she was still completing her high school diploma. After graduating from high school, Claudia Schiffer gave up plans to study law and instead devoted herself full-time to her modeling career.
After Claudia Schiffer finished school, she moved to Paris and soon became the face of a major advertising campaign. The first pictures for the English Vogue were created, through which the chief designer of Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, became aware of her. He thought he saw a new Brigitte Bardot in her and immediately brought her to Chanel as a mannequin. After Claudia Schiffer appeared on the cover of Vogue, she became the world’s most expensive model in the early 1990s. She became part of a model generation in which models could rise to world stars. By the mid-1990s, Claudia Schiffer’s annual income was already 10 million marks.
But Schiffer also generated income away from the catwalk. In 1995, the model released a video with “Perfectly Fit” in which she shared her training regimen. In 1997 she designed a summer collection for Otto Versand. An illustrated book called “Claudia Schiffer in private” followed, in which she documented her career.
Schiffer first appeared in front of the camera in 1994 in a small guest role in the film Richie Rich. Larger roles followed from 1997. Before that, she received her own talk show on RTL II in 1995, in which she was supposed to interview world stars. However, the show Claudia Schiffer – Close up was canceled after just one episode. In 2013 she appeared on the ProSieben show Fashion Hero. In the casting show, she supported aspiring fashion designers as a mentor.
Claudia Schiffer’s modeling career took off in 1988 when she became the face of the Guess Jeans ad campaign. That same year, Chanel signed her as a house model. She was first seen on a Vogue cover in 1989. From 1991 she was considered the most expensive model in the world. By the late 1990s she was employed exclusively by Pepsi, L’Oréal, Victoria’s Secret and H&M. Later she worked mainly for larger brands such as Dom Pérignon, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana.
“Supermodels like we used to be don’t exist anymore. The difference between the girls of today and the models of the past is that we’re not just interested in fashion. We’re going in different directions at the same time. Work harder, nights and weekends.”
“I try to find something positive in every situation, if only not to make the same mistake twice.
“First of all, I design fashion for myself. The first question is: Would I wear this?”
“I’m very conservative. I don’t invest in anything that looks risky. If someone proposes a project to me, I’ll let them risk their money, not mine.”
“I set small goals that aren’t too far away.”
“I think you shouldn’t put your name and face on something you don’t believe in 100 percent.
1. Claudia Schiffer has appeared on over 1000 magazine covers, making her the Guinness Book of World Records record as the model with the most covers.
2. In May 1997, Schiffer was on the cover of Playboy. However, throughout her career, she refused to take nude photos.
3. She ranks as L’Oréal’s longest active advertising face.
4. She is an ambassador for UNICEF.
5. Along with the other top models of the generation, such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss, Schiffer founded the now-defunct Fashion Café in New York.