“I know one day I’ll be considered too old. I think 40-year-old women actually look more healthy and fit than some girls in their 20s. I've met women who have way better bodies in their 40s because they've been working on them for all these years.” Claudia Schiffer
One of the world’s most recognizable supermodels, Claudia Schiffer gathered fame and worldwide recognition as the model for the Guess jeans advertising campaign during the early 1990s. Schiffer’s supermodel status further solidified with her appearances on over 500 magazine covers, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair, among others. The German beauty is also well-known for being an international spokesmodel for such renowned cosmetics companies as Revlon and L'Oreal.
Off screen, and often considered one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” (1991, 1992), Schiffer co-owns a chain of Fashion Cafe restaurants with fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson.
She also became a spokeswoman for breast cancer awareness and volunteers for UNICEF. As for her romantic life, the wife of producer Matthew Vaughn was once known for her relationship with long-term fiancé, magician David Copperfield. After the couple separated in 1999, she briefly was engaged to playboy Tim Jeffries, but she broke off the engagement in 2000 to begin a new relationship with Matthew Vaughn.
Childhood and Family:
In Rheinberg, Germany, Claudia Schiffer was born on August 25, 1970. Alongside her three younger siblings, Ann Carolin, Stefan and Andreas, Claudia was reared in Dusseldorf, Germany, by her lawyer father, Heinz Schiffer, and her homemaker mother, Gudrun Schiffer. Inspired by the successful career of her dad, young Claudia dreamed of becoming a professional attorney. At age 17, however, while spending the night with friend in a local nightclub, she was discovered by a modeling agent.
“I love being pregnant. You can do whatever you want. You don't feel guilty, because I used to feel guilty about having a day off. And, you know, something really strange happened to me. Before my pregnancies, I was someone who had to watch their weight.” Claudia Schiffer
Claudia married producer Matthew Vaughn on May 25, 2002, following their one-year engagement. Claudia and her husband share two children, a son named Caspar Matthew De Vere Drummond (born on January 30, 2003) and a daughter named Clementine (born on November 11, 2004).
German-born Claudia Schiffer began her modeling career at the age of 17 after being spotted by agent Michel Levaton. Originally wishing to pursue a law career, Schiffer subsequently threw away her childhood dreams and flew off to the fashion city of Paris for her first test shoot. Schiffer’s beauty soon landed the young girl her first modeling gig for the popular Elle magazine. Following the cover shot, Europe magazines began taking notice of the model.
Two years after her debut appearance, Schiffer received her big break when she signed a contract to star in a Guess jeans ad in North America. After gaining popularity as a new Guess girl, Schiffer was also seen on the cover of several magazines, both in The United States and Europe.
Schiffer’s career skyrocketed. Modeling contracts and appearances in magazines quickly ensued. She appeared on hundreds of magazine covers, including ones for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair. Schiffer also posed for print ads for Chanel, Gianni Versace, and the clothing company Iceberg. Her accomplishments launched Schiffer’s status to one of the top five supermodels in the modeling industry.
Schiffer further cemented her position as a supermodel after signing a four-year deal with Revlon cosmetics, worth 6 million dollars. After her duties with Revlon ended, she signed another prestigious, long-term contact, this time with L'Oreal. Schiffer became their ambassador and international spokesperson.
Aside from her modeling career, Schiffer also broke into acting and has made a number of appearances in movies and television. She landed her first film role in 1994 as an aerobic instructor in Richie Rich (1994). This was followed by another small role in The Blackout, three years later. After Desperate But Not Serious (1999), Schiffer picked up a larger role in the romantic comedy Friends & Lovers (1999) and gained real notice as an actress with James Toback’s Black and White (1999), which starred Scott Caan and Robert Downey Jr. In the new millennium, Schiffer went on to take roles in such films as Life Without Dick (2001), In Pursuit (2001) and Love Actually (2003). On the small screen, Schiffer guest starred in two episodes of “Dharma & Greg” and was seen in an episode of “Arrested Development.” She has also made guest appearances in television shows such as Larry King Live, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.