Born in Rheinberg, Germany, Claudia Schiffer became a household name in the early 1990’s as one of the world’s most successful models. With a resemblance to the iconic Brigitte Bardot she has appeared in more than 1000 magazine covers and continues to front global campaigns for luxurious labels.
Originally she wanted to follow her fathers footsteps and become a lawyer and worked at his law firm in her youth. At just 17 in 1987 she was spotted in a night club in Dusseldorf by Michel Levaton, the boss of Metropolitan Model Agency.
The label Guess became more more well known for using Claudia as their lead model, she quickly achieved supermodel status and was selected by Karl Lagerfeld to become the new face of Chanel. She went on to become world famous, instantly recognisable with her blue eyes, blonde hair and 5.11 height.
She was the first model to grace the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling stone, the New York Times and People Magazine. Still holding a contract with L’Oreal and is one of their longest standing ambassadors.
Romantically linked to David Copperfield, Richie Sambora, Prince Albert of Monaco and singer, Ether Gabriel, she married movie director Matthew Vaughn and now has three children.
And Finally, below are some images I worked on with Claudia for W Magazine for their September 1999 issue, shot by the legendary photographer, Juergen Teller. We went to Cannes Film Festival to shoot these.