Claudia Schiffer (25 August 1970) is a German supermodel who has been an iconic figure for models since the 1980s. She remains popular to this day, and is the creative director of her own clothing label.
Claudia is from Rheinberg, Germany. It is a small town 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) northwest of Duisburg, near the Dutch border. She is one of four children, with two brothers, Stefan and Andreas, and a sister, Ann Carolin.
The story goes that Claudia was in a Düsseldorf nightclub at a friend's birthday party when Michel Levaton of the Metropolitan agency spotted her. She was just 17 years old. Ah, if that kind of miracle only happened every day....
Claudia has been on about as many covers as any model, including the following from around the world. Legend has it that Claudia holds the record for appearing on the most magazine covers (well over 700).
November Vogue Turkey, Vogue Turkey
September Harper's Bazaar Mexico, Vogue Japan, Harper's Bazaar Spain
April Vogue Germany
March Marie Claire UK
April Marie Claire Australia
September Net-A-Porter Magazine, Vogue Spain
August Vogue Germany, Harper's Bazaar Ukraine
July Harper's Bazaar UK, Harper's Bazaar Czech
June Grazia Germany
June Vogue Germany
April Elle France, Marie Claire Romania
Claudia snagged several high-profile gigs early in her career. She raised the profile of Guess?, and then became the face of Chanel after Karl Lagerfeld personally chose her. She was in the May 1997 issue and cover of Playboy Magazine.
As with many supermodels, Claudia's opportunities outgrew modelling. She began a film career with "Richie Rich," and numerous films followed. Some of her high-profile movie appearances included "Love Actually" and "Zoolander." She also produced a series of fitness videos entitled 'Claudia Schiffer's Perfectly Fit.'
|Claudia Schiffer, Harper’s Bazaar June 1995|
In addition, she released an autobiography called 'Memories' appeared in Peter Lindbergh's book '10 Women' and the book 'A second decade of Guess? images'. Claudia appeared in the music video "Say it isn't so" by Bon Jovi.
Claudia had a big relationship with magician David Copperfield, whom she met in Berlin in 1993 when he hired her to help with his onstage magician act. They remained together through the 1990s before breaking up. When a tabloid claimed the relationship was a sham, Claudia sued and recovered damages.
Claudia has several unusual claims to fame. She has a toy doll made to resemble her, along with fellow models Karen Mulder and Naomi Campbell. She was part owner in the Fashion Café restaurant chain with Campbell and Elle MacPherson, and a a wax statue of her appears in the Grévin Museum in Paris.
On 25 May 2002 she married the film director Matthew Vaughn in Suffolk. Schiffer and Vaughn have three children: son Caspar Matthew (born 30 January 2003, Westminster, London) and daughters Clementine Poppy (born 11 November 2004, Westminster) and Cosima Violet (born 14 May 2010). The family lives in Coldham Hall mansion near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which is a Grade 1-listed hall.