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Claudia Schiffer: all news and scoops!

  • Profession : Mannequin
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Date of birth: Tuesday, August 25, 1970 (age: 50 years old)
  • Country : Germany

Iconic of the catwalks in the early 90s, the ex-model reinvents herself as a shrewd businesswoman.

Born on August 25, 1970 in Rheinberg, Germany, Claudia Schiffer is the eldest of four children of Heinz Schiffer, a lawyer, and Gudrun, a housewife. She has two brothers, Stefan and Andreas, and a sister, Ann Caroline. In 1987, the teenager dances with her friends at Checker’s, a nightclub in Düsseldorf, when she is noticed by a French couple, Dominique Galas and Michel Levaton, who have just created the Metropolitan agency. The next day, Claudia Schiffer’s parents are invited by the couple to a lunch. They allowed their daughter, then 17 years old, to fly to Paris on weekends and school vacations to take pictures on the condition that she continued her studies.

After some initial unconvincing photo shoots, Claudia Schiffer walked through the door of Elle magazine and met the casting director, Odile Sarron. Extremely shy, she is very impressed by this meeting, which proves to be decisive for the rest of her career. In 1988, she made the cover of the magazine under the lens of Gilles Bensimon. In 1989, the photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, who sees in her a striking resemblance with Brigitte Bardot, offers her to make a series of photos embodying the actress. The series caught the eye of jeans manufacturer Guess, who then suggested that the model become his muse for a worldwide advertising campaign. The success is immediate, she quickly gets contracts, fashion shows for the greatest fashion designers, and travels. She became Karl Lagerfeld’s muse for Chanel, who represented a benevolent “godfather” in her eyes. In 1993, she was the highest paid model in the world with $10 million in annual revenue.

But in the mid-90s, the supermodel phenomenon ran out of steam and Claudia Schiffer and her acolytes (Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington) had to make the switch. Claudia stops the parades but remains an icon and returns sparingly to the front page of magazines. In 2008, notably for German Vogue, she is photographed by Mario Testino. At the age of 40, she wins the Elle Style Awards trophy for model of the year.

Claudia Schiffer tried her hand at cinema and appeared in the credits of Robert Altman’s film Prêt-à-porter (1994) about the world of fashion. She then obtained a more important role in Abel Ferrara’s thriller The Blackout (1997). She starred in a few comedies, Black & White (1999), with Robert Downey Jr. and Love Actually (2002), with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, but later deserted filming. A formidable businesswoman, she is fluent in three languages, has worked on numerous collaborations and signed advertising contracts (L’Oréal, Citröen). In 2011, she launches a collection of cashmere sweaters. In collaboration with the brand Schwarzkopf, she launches a hair line in 2014.

On the private side, Claudia Schiffer shares the life of the magician David Copperfield and the jet-setter Tim Jeffries in the 90s. On May 25, 2002, she married British producer Matthew Vaughn, in a dress designed by Valentino, at Coldham Hall in Suffolk. The couple has three children, Caspar (born 30/01/2003), Clementine (born 10/11/2004) and Cosima Violet (born 14/05/2010).

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