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Model Claudia Schiffer becomes an International Beauty Icon (2004)

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Then came Italy, England, and Germany – she had managed the breakthrough in her own country
The shy young girl was completely focused. But she still understood very little French, which didn’t make things any easier and didn’t exactly maker her happier.

But she knew that unless she gave 100 percent, the whole thing would be over soon. She smiled, was friendly and ignored the vanities of the fashion world. After all, she wanted to make it to the very top.

And when star photographer Ellen von Unwerth photographed her for the successful American brand Guess Jeans, very sexy, à la Brigit Bardot, Claudia marveled at her erotic impact.

And she wasn’t the only one:
Claudia Schiffer was catapulted to the top of the modeling business in record time. Everyone wanted to have “the new Bardot.”

Including Karl Lagerfeld. The Fräuleinwunder [i.e. “girl wonder”] from Germany did her first fashion show for him and became his muse. She was the face of the luxury brand Chanel for seven years, and the German designer was a kind of father-figure.

From model to star: The career setback that many had expected after the Chanel era doesn’t happen – the success continues . . .
Her face is on Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, and even on the cover of the renowned Time Magazine. People Magazine lists her among the “Twenty Five Most Beautiful People” and US Magazine among the “Ten Most Beautiful Women” in the world.

And Claudia Schiffer is number 73 on the Forbes list of the 100 most influential personalities in the world – the only German woman represented there. She does the catwalk for the world’s greatest designers and is listed in the as the most-photographed face of our time.

She makes fitness videos, acts in seven movies, appearing alongside the likes of Dennis Hopper, Matthew Modine, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey, Jr., among others. It’s hard to believe that twenty-four hours a day are enough for her.

Then come exclusive contracts with Revlon, Citroën, and Otto-Versand, for which she is still working to this day and designing her own collection.

The private woman: Discipline, independence, and professionalism is Claudia Schiffer’s credo. She lives by it.
Very rarely does she allow herself a break on Mallorca, her second home. She might listen to Anastacia, Alanis Morissette, or Sheryl Crow and look out at the sea. She already spent her summers there as a young girl and built sandcastles on the beach.

Today, just over thirty, she is also happy in her personal life
After a brief intermezzo with art dealer Tim Jeffries, she married the film producer Matthew Vaughn two years ago, had two children, and has been living since then largely in England on the 500-year-old estate of Coldham Hall.

Since becoming a mother she has seemed more relaxed; she likes motherhood. Yes, Claudia Schiffer seems to have achieved her dreams. And the entire Schiffer clan is very happy about that.

Source: “Claudia Schiffer. Die Beautyikon” [“Claudia Schiffer. The Beauty Icon”],

Translation: Thomas Dunlap

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