The supermodel Claudia Schiffer turns 50 today, and in honour of her birthday, we share 15 little-known facts about the German who is considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Clubbing can do wonders
Claudia Schiffer was discovered at a nightclub in Düsseldorf, Germany, when she was 17. Michel Levanton, who spotted her, was the head of Metropolitan Model Agency and signed the young Schiffer as a model. By the way, one little-known fact about Claudia Schiffer is that at that time, she wanted to be a lawyer and work with her father.
An indisputable fact is that fate had big plans for Claudia Schiffer. So, shortly after signing with Metropolitan, the model met at the beach Patrick Lafontaine who put her in contact with Elite Model Agency in 1988. And the rest is history.
Just after finishing high school, Claudia Schiffer left her small German town and went to Paris for a trial photoshoot. The trial was such a success she landed her first magazine cover, appearing on Elle Magazine’s cover.
It was in Paris that Claudia Schiffer felt free to express herself through fashion. She said she felt liberated to walk around in any clothes she wanted. Another interesting fact regarding her fashion style is that Claudia Schiffer preferred to dress as a boy when she was younger so as to not attract attention to her looks.
The Beauty and the Kaiser
Thanks to her resemblance to the young Brigitte Bardot, she was the face of Guess in the early ’90s. Soon after, Claudia Schiffer became the muse of Karl Lagerfeld and was the face of Chanel for many years. She said that the German fashion designer “was my magic dust; he transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel.” In 2012, the supermodel posed once more for Guess to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary.
The Beauty and the Magician
In 1993, the magician David Copperfield read her mind on stage and had her take part in his flying illusion act. The Beauty and the tacky magician were engaged the following year. During their 6-year engagement, La Schiffer appeared several times on stage as Copperfield’s assistant, being sawn in half, guillotined and so on. The fact was that there were many rumours about the engagement between Claudia Schiffer and Copperfield being a publicity stunt. And a magazine even published a “love contract” signed by the model, which was later proven in court to be fake.
Claudia Schiffer and espadrilles
Summer after summer, we’ve gotten used seeing the supermodel in Mallorca, wearing breezy little dresses paired with the chic Spanish espadrilles. In fact, every girl in the ‘90s and noughties felt like Claudia Schiffer when wearing her signature espadrilles.
From Playboy to Vogue
In 1997, The German model was on the cover of Playboy and in the 1999 Millennium Vogue, she appeared on the cover as one of the Modern Muses.
Guinness Book of World Records
The muse of Karl Lagerfeld is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the model with the most magazine covers. In fact, Claudia Schiffer appeared on more than one thousand covers during her modelling career.
Looks and brains
The German model proves that the stereotype “pretty-blond- girls-are-dumb” is far from true. She speaks fluently German, French and English. She has also launched her eponymous line of knitwear in collaboration with the cashmere company TSE, and a makeup collection. Additionally, Schiffer appeared in several movies, including Zoolander, The Blackout and Love Actually, among others.
The Fashion Café
Schiffer also fronted the Fashion Café with fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson and Christy Turlington in 1995. The international chain of restaurants was called the “couture version of the Hard Rock Café”. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long because of the fact that the founders of the restaurants of Claudia Schiffer, Tommaso and Francesco Buti, were arrested for fraud and money laundering.
Comeback cover – in the nude
Last year, the original supermodel of the ’90s made a comeback on the cover of Vogue Italia. The photo shows Schiffer naked, covering her private parts with a clutch and yellow pumps. She said, “25 years after my first encounter with the studio, I felt transported back to the Avedon days by photographer Collier Schorr”.
Schiffer and motherhood
The model married film director Matthew Vaughn in 2002. The couple has three children, Caspar Matthew, Clementine Poppy and Cosima Violet. She says motherhood has changed her and made her feel “this is what I’m all about.” They live in a mansion in Suffolk, England, where she was afraid because of the noises she used to hear during the night. But all is well since a medium came to check the fact and told Claudia Schiffer: “no need to be afraid; all the ghosts in the house are lovely.”
Claudia Schiffer and stalkers
Being one of the most beautiful women in the world, the model has had some stalkers arrested on her behalf. One of them believed the pope had told him to marry Schiffer.
Claudia Schiffer and the police
But on other occasions, the police were called because of Schiffer’s dogs. That is because the model’s pets have bit the postman, attacked other dogs and even killed a pregnant sheep.