Claudia Schiffer

Fashion Model Biography Claudia Schiffer

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Born: Rhineberg, Germany, 1970

Claudia Schiffer was born in Rhineberg, Germany in 1970. She is an iconic supermodel and more recently fashion designer.

Claudia has reached international fame, becoming one of the most successful models of all time as she rose to popularity in the early 90s. In the early days of her career, because of her platinum hair and piercing eyes Claudia was compared to Brigitte Bardot, but she has gone on to define her own unique and memorable beauty.

Over the course of her career Claudia has appeared on over 700 magazine covers including Vantity Fair, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Elle and Harpers Bazaar. Claudia has also walked the catwalk for fashion heavyweights such as VersaceYves Saint LaurentDolce & GabbanaChanel and Valentino. To this day she appears in high profile global fashion campaigns all around the world.

Claudia originally wanted to be a lawyer like her father, but she decided to give modelling a try when she was spotted in a nightclub aged 17 by the boss of Metropolitan Model Agency, who went on to sign her. Claudia travelled to Paris for a trial photo shoot which turned out to be the kick start behind her remarkable successful as she went on to appear on the cover of French Elle. Her success was further cemented in the early 90s when she starred in the memorable Guess? Jeans campaigns. Claudia rapidly achieved supermodel status and received the honour of being selected by Karl Lagerfeld to become the new face of Chanel.

Claudia has publicly lamented the loss of the modelling industry as it once was: “Supermodels, as we once were, don’t exist anymore.”

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Claudia is also famous for her style, becoming a global fashion icon and she has put her natural style to good use launching a cashmere collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2011. She has gone on to follow this with two more successful collections which are sold in high-end departments stories and high-end boutiques internationally.

Claudia has been romantically linked to many high profile men like Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriela and Prince Albert of Monaco. She was also engaged for five years to magician David Copperfield, until 1999. The relationship attracted attention as the media claimed it was all for business purposes. Both Claudia and David denied this. In 2002 Claudia married film director Matthew Vaughn, together they have three children.

Claudia is also involved with a lot of charitable work, she works with UNICEF and is a member of the Arts & Entertainment Support Committee, becoming the UK Good Will Ambassador for the organisation.

In 2002, she graced the covers of esteemed fashion publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, solidifying her status as a global fashion icon. As the years progressed, Claudia remained a sought-after model, captivating audiences on runways during renowned fashion weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris. Claudia’s innate sense of style and grace have cemented her place as one of the most influential models of her generation. In 2010, she continued to shine on magazine covers, showcasing her versatility and enduring appeal.

In 2012, Claudia’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to collaborate with renowned designers, launching exclusive fashion collections that garnered widespread attention and praise. Her collaborations with high-end brands showcased her ability to blend sophistication with a modern edge. Throughout the years, Claudia’s influence extended beyond the runway, as she ventured into acting, adding another dimension to her already illustrious career.

She made a triumphant return to the fashion scene in 2017, captivating audiences with her magnetic presence and timeless beauty. Claudia’s appearances at the Cannes Film Festival in recent years further solidified her status as a global style icon, gracing the red carpet in exquisite designer gowns and captivating the world with her elegance

Claudia Schiffer Biography

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Written by Roanna Price

Roanna Price, fascinated by the escapism, imagination and conversation that can be conjured in the glossy page of fashion writing. Journalism graduate in Liverpool Roanna is responsible for our Top Model Biographies section.

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