Claudia Schiffer

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Claudia Schiffer

Born

8/25/1970, Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany

Birth Name

Claudia Maria Schiffer

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Claudia de Vere Drummond
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Claudia Schiffer is possibly the most famous and successful of the original five "Supermodels".

Claudia was discovered in a German disco when she was just 17 years old. She quickly became a favorite model for many designers, and one of the most recognisable faces worldwide, appearing in…more

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  • Trivia

    • She doesn't have any tattoos, and the only piercings she has is a single hole in each earlobe.

    • She didn't learn to drive a car until she was 28, in May 1999, when she learned how to drive especially for appearing in TV adverts for Citroen cars.

    • In October 2009, she announced that she was officially quitting modeling to concentrate on other projects and interests.

    • She works out for two hours four or five times each week with her personal trainer, who accompanies her on business trips so that she doesn't miss out on her routine.

    • In September 2006, Suffolk Police spoke to Claudia twice about complaints that her dogs were intimidating walkers near her Suffolk home, Coldham Hall.

    • She used to be a smoker, but gave up before her first pregnancy. Prior to that, she appeared in a number of photoshoots smoking cigarettes or cigars.

    • She has reportedly insured her face for five million US Dollars.

    • In 1994, Muslim extremists threatened Claudia with beheading for wearing a Karl Lagerfeld-designed dress printed with a saying from the Koran.

    • In June 2010, publication of pictures of Claudia in the German magazine Stern Fotografie led to accusations of racism and insensitivity. The pictures, taken in 2007 by Karl Lagerfeld, included one of her "blacked up" with dark foundation and an afro wig. Claudia's representatives responded to the accusations by stating that the pictures, which included others of her dressed as characters such as a secretary and Marie Antoinette, were intended to depict her as a variety of fantasy figures.

    • Claudia has admitted that she's got so many clothes, she's run out of space to store them at her London and Suffolk homes, and has had to have a small helicopter hanger near her Suffolk home converted into storage for them.

    • While attending Milan Fashion Week 2010, Claudia revealed that she was planning to launch her own clothing line.

    • Although she continues to be known as Claudia Schiffer for professional purposes, she has in fact taken her husband's name, and so her official legal name is now Claudia de Vere Drummond.

    • Her wedding ring is a simple narrow plain gold band, which cost just £10.

    • She was the first model to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    • Shortly before the birth of her second daughter, Cosima, she posed naked for the cover of the June 2010 issue of Vogue in a photoshoot by Karl Lagerfeld.

    • She took part in the opening ceremony for the 2006 World Cup in Munich when, along with soccer legend Pelé, she helped to carry the World Cup trophy.

    • Her father's name was Heinz (he died in 2007), and her mother's name is Gudrun.

    • When she was married to magician David Copperfield, he once sawed her in half using his antique "Buzz Saw" illusion. This illusion had originally belonged to Orson Welles, who had used it to saw in half various celebrities including his then-wife Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe. In the illusion, Claudia was sawed in half by a large circular saw without any boxes covering her, which allowed the audience to see the saw passing right through Claudia's bared waist, the skin of which could be seen rippling as the saw cut through it.

    • When she married second husband Matthew Vaughn, the wedding ceremony took place in St. George's Church at Shimpling, Suffolk. Guests at the wedding and reception included Boris Becker, Sting, Sir Elton John, Vinnie Jones, Madonna and Guy Richie.

    • While at school, she spent two months in the UK as part of a cultural exchange programme between her school in Emmerich and King Edward the Seventh Secondary School in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

    • Her measurements are 36C-24-36.

    • Although she spends much of her time living in London, she also has a £5 Million Elizabethan mansion, Coldham Hall, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and a holiday home at Camp de Mar on the island of Mallorca.

    • When Claudia appeared in the movie Desperate But Not Serious (aka Reckless + Wild), she sang all of her character's songs herself.

    • When boy band Westlife recorded a cover version of Billy Joel's song Uptown Girl, Claudia appeared in their video in the same role that fellow model Christie Brinkley played in the original Billy Joel video.

    • Her husband is in the line of succession to the Earldom of Oxford. If he was to become the Earl of Oxford, Claudia would then become the Countess of Oxford.

    • The version of the Sawing a Woman in Half illusion that she used to perform with first husband David Copperfield in his stage shows is called Clearly Impossible. In this version of the illusion, the boxes used to cover Claudia's body from her neck to her ankles had clear sides and tops. This allowed the audience to see right through them, and see Claudia's body within, all the way through the illusion. Additionally, an audience member would hold Claudia's feet from the moment she first lay down in the boxes until after she'd been sawed through and her halves had been pulled apart, while another audience member assisted David with sawing through Claudia using a large two-person saw. The apparent impossibility of David and Claudia's performance has often led to it being rated as being one of the most baffling versions of the sawing in half illusion ever performed.

    • Since she got her ears pierced, her favorite earrings have been some small diamond studs her husband gave her as a gift, although she also likes wearing big gold hoops.

    • Claudia's early ambition was to follow in her father's footsteps and become a lawyer.

    • Claudia has one sister, Ann Carolin, and two brothers, Stefan and Andreas.

    • She didn't get her ears pierced until 2006, at the age of 35, when she had them done especially for the photoshoot for her Accessorize Autumn/Winter 2006 advertising campaign. Her contract for the campaign included an unspecified additional fee to cover her getting her ears pierced so that she could model some of that season's earrings, all of which were made for pierced ears.

    • Claudia had a cameo appearance in the film Love Actually.

    • Claudia has appeared on over 900 magazine covers, giving her the record for the supermodel with the most magazine covers.

    • During her first pregnancy, Claudia craved curry.

    • While she was married to David Copperfield, Claudia was often asked by her sister and female friends what it felt like to be sawed in half by him. When asked, she often surprised them by arranging for them to be sawed in half by David in the same illusion he used on Claudia in his stage shows.

    • Claudia has three children named Clementine, Casper and Cosima.

    • Since 1997, Claudia has been a UNICEF ambassador. In 2000, she travelled to Bangladesh to take part in UNICEF's International Immunization Day.

    • Between 1994 and 1999, while Claudia was married to the magician David Copperfield, she sometimes appeared in David's stage shows as a special guest assistant. In these shows, David would levitate Claudia, make her vanish and re-appear, behead her with a guillotine, and then saw her in half.

    • Claudia is married to the film producer/director Matthew Vaughn.

    • In addition to her native German, she's also fluent in both English and French.

    • Claudia weighs 124 lbs..

    • She was seventeen years old when she was "discovered" by Michel Levaton in a nightclub in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    • From 1994 to 1999, Claudia was married to American magician David Copperfield. They first met in 1993, when David invited Claudia on stage at one of his shows to take part in his "Flying" illusion. Later the same year, they both appeared on the same German TV show, at the end of which David sawed Claudia in half. Shortly after this, they began dating, and married the following year.

    • Claudia has blonde hair and blue eyes.

    • She is in the music video Say it isn't so by Bon Jovi.

    • She wears size 9 (US) shoes.

    • Her dress size is 6 (US) or a UK 10.

    • Claudia is co-owner of a chain of Fashion Cafe restaurants along with Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson.

    • She is a spokeswoman for breast cancer awareness.

    • In 1990 and 1991, she was named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, by People magazine.

    • Claudia is 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Claudia: (On finally having her ears pierced at the age of 35) Having my ears pierced was not really something I thought about when I was a young girl. But when the Accessorize campaign came along and they asked me about getting them done for the photoshoot, I thought 'why not – If only to find out what its like?' So, the very next day, I went out to get them done and, before I knew it, I'd finally got holes in my earlobes.

    • Claudia: For the summer, I like to wear skinny jeans, gladiator sandals, a well-cut shirt or t-shirt, and some small dangling earrings. Or a cotton jumpsuit, a pair of wedge sandals, a colorful shoulder bag, big hoop earrings and my sunglasses.

    • Claudia: I love being in the countryside at home near Cambridge with my husband and kids. Playing tennis, backgammon, cards and croquet together is a perfect escape.

    • Claudia: My favorite shoot from the early days of working with Guess was the Greece shoot. I remember I tried Ouzo for the first time and was ill for the rest of the day, but the pictures were amazing and we laughed so much.

    • Claudia: (On her cravings during her third pregnancy) I'd love a beer, that's all I've been craving. I didn't even like it before I was pregnant. Alcohol's bad for you when you're pregnant, but I just want beer.

    • Claudia: I like being a housewife but, unfortunately, I haven't mastered cooking. For all the other household jobs, I help out when I can.

    • Claudia: The thing I enjoy the most about being sawed in half by David is seeing the reaction of the audience member holding my feet when David pushes my halves apart. They start holding onto them as soon as I get up on the table, and keep holding them all the time that David is sawing through me and pushing the divider blades in. So they know that I haven't curled up out of the way and they really are my feet and legs that they are holding, even though they're now an extra couple of metres away from my top half than they usually are. Seeing their complete amazement when they realise that, yes, I really have just been sawed in half and am in two pieces right there in front of them makes the slight discomfort of the saw and blades going through me all worthwhile.

    • Claudia: (Speaking in 1996) My little brother tries to get me to tell him the secret of how David saws me in half, but I say that when he earns a lot of money, we'll talk about it.

    • Claudia: I have just had my third child in May and I am definitely not going to have any more. I love being a mum but I am happy with what I have got, so now that's it.

    • Claudia: I come from a big family and I always wanted to have kids of my own. Before I met Matthew I worked non-stop. But once we got together suddenly a whole new world seemed to open up. When I had my first child my priorities became completely different. Motherhood made me feel, 'This is what I'm all about.' You stop worrying. Matthew and I are a team. We make all our decisions together whether it's about the children or the house.

    • Claudia: I will always have a soft spot in my heart, and I'm excited that 23 years later we can still work together so successfully. Shooting the Guess 30th anniversary campaign was like going back in time.

    • Claudia: I'm able to get dressed very quickly in the morning as I have key pieces I always turn to. I'll pull on my Acne jeans with a cashmere knit and heels or wear a sweater dress with black opaque tights and my brown leather over-the-knee boots. Then I add what I call my 'of the moment' accessories - right now that's a black Chanel handbag or brown Ferragamo satchel and cuffs from Kara Ross and Monica Vinader. These work with all of my outfits and I wear them for a few weeks on and off and then change again. And you really can't go wrong with a pair of diamond stud earrings, as they go with everything. I've got a really gorgeous pair that Matthew gave me, so if I feel like wearing earrings, I'll just pop those in my ears too.

    • Claudia: My parents' support has always been very important. But I also had support from my oldest friend; we've known each other since we were four years old. She still lives in Germany, so we don't see each other as often, but I talk to her regularly. She knows me from before, she knows my family, we're very close. We went through all the same rituals together – experimenting with make up, first boyfriends, our first cigarettes (though we got caught by her mum!), and I even pierced her ears for her using a sewing needle (but then backed out of letting her do mine as well!). Now she's a mother too and we holiday together.

    • Claudia: At one event, I wore a Chanel biker jacket over a very short mini dress, a gold belt with charms hanging off it, fishnet tights, loads of make-up and a pair of huge gold hoop earrings – it was all really over the top and fun!

    • Claudia: (On her debut fashion collection in 2011) The idea of it is effortless chic - it's based on my life and the clothes I need. I have 15 minutes to get dressed in the morning before taking the children to school. I want to throw on clothes but still look chic, then I want to go from school to a meeting and then out for dinner by only changing a handbag or my earrings or something … It's simple and lovely to wear but still really chic and very high quality - that's all I wanted.

    • Claudia: (On not wanting to return to the catwalk) Nobody believes me but I'm very shy...I understood that I had to do it when I was modelling but now, since I don't have to do it, I'd rather not. Designers are very clever at trying to persuade me to do it each season and it's flattering that they do, but nothing would change my mind.

    • Claudia: My role model is Audrey Hepburn, I admire her a lot. I'd like to have her grace and charisma, which are qualities you acquire not in youth, but only with life experience. I'd like to be more happy with myself. I've never liked myself very much, I've always thought I should be more extroverted - more this, more that. But you have to learn to accept yourself as you are. That's my goal for the future.

    • Claudia: (When asked if she followed a specific diet) I really enjoy good food, but I can't eat everything I'd like to. I eat a good breakfast of fruit, tea and honey. I have lots of vegetables for lunch, or soup. I eat protein at dinner: chicken or tuna fish. I try to eat a healthy diet, not just for my figure but for energy and my health, too. I feel better when I don't eat a lot. For example, cakes make me feel tired.

    • Claudia: My sister kept asking me what it felt like to be sawed in half by David. It's a bit difficult to describe just what it does feel like, so I arranged a little birthday surprise for her. At her party, David wheeled out the box he normally uses to saw me in half, and I invited her to get in. She was a bit taken aback at first, but that soon passed and David and I were soon locking her in the box. My brothers then held onto her head and feet while David and I sawed through her. Although she was a bit nervous, as I was the first time David sawed me in half, I could tell from the look on her face that she was really enjoying it. David then let me put the divider blades in before my brothers pulled her halves apart. After we'd put her back together again and let her out of the box, she told me that it was the most amazing thing she'd ever done, and the best birthday present she'd ever had. And I've got to admit that I enjoyed it as well - Usually, I'm the one getting sawed in half and wheeled around the stage, so it was nice to find out what its like to be on the other end of the saw!

    • Claudia: Quentin Tarantino asked me to work with him but there is no way I am going to do that while Matthew Vaughn is working in film.

    • Claudia: There is no situation where it is right to fake an orgasm. Why did God give us the gift of speech? There is also no substitute for love-making, not even buying shoes! Feeling my husband entering and moving inside me really is the most wonderful sensation there is.

    • Claudia: (On the reception she once received in Italy) Thousands of people followed us to the flat when I'd been shooting for Valentino and they were singing songs to me from the pavement. I had to go on the balcony and say thank you. It was surreal.

    • Claudia: (On turning down lucrative offers from publishers for her to write her autobiography) I've had a lot of offers, but I just don't feel ready yet. Everyone writes them when they are so young these days, and I don't think the time is right for me. Plus you have to write about all these incredibly personal things. I've always been a very private person - but who knows? Maybe one day I'll feel ready.

    • Claudia: When my sister saw I'd had my ears pierced, she started talking about finally getting her's done too. I told her that she should, because I really love having mine done and I knew she would too, but she was really worried about it being painful. I told her not to worry, that it didn't hurt at all when I had mine pierced, and that it was all over so quickly I barely even noticed they had been done. It took her a while to decide, but she eventually had them done - Although she did insist on me going with her to give her some moral support!

    • Claudia: If there is a potential down-side to being a magician's wife, it's that your husband does keep wanting to saw you in half, stick swords through you, and that sort of thing. Fortunately, I really enjoy working with David as well as being married to him, so I don't mind at all when he does saw me in half, chop my head off or ask to do anything else like that to me.

    • Claudia: I would like to move to Berlin with Matthew and the kids for a few months. Berlin is like being abroad in Germany. It's German, but not provincial. Everyone loves it.

    • Claudia: The scariest thing I do in David's shows? Definitely the guillotine. There I am, strapped into it with my hands tied behind my back, unable to move, and all I can do is stare down into the basket and wait. That always makes me a bit nervous. But the scariest part is when I feel it start to shake as the blade drops, then feel the blade go through my neck, and then see the basket apparently jump up at me as my head drops into it - That's the bit that I've still not got used to yet. Then again, is being beheaded something you should get used to? Compared to that, being sawed in half is easy!

    • Claudia: There was so much press at the fashion shows that it was really difficult to get ready. I'd be in my underwear and people would be trying to take pictures from above. At Chanel they had to make a special area for me to change.

    • Claudia: I'm not really a big jewelry person - never have been. Normally, all I wear is my wedding ring, a watch, and a small cross on a chain around my neck. Of course, now I've got pierced ears, I'll often wear earrings too, but not always. If I do, its usually a pair of diamond studs my husband gave me, although if I'm feeling especially bold, I've got some big hoops I love to wear too.

    • (On working with David Copperfield)
      Claudia: The first time David sawed me in half, I did feel quite nervous. But it was a lot of fun to do, and I didn't feel a thing as he sawed through me and pulled me apart. Now, being sawed in half is definitely my favorite part of being in David's shows.

    • Claudia: (On finally having her ears pierced) At first, it felt a bit strange to have them done, but I soon got used to it. Now, I really love them and keep wondering why I waited so long to have them done.

    • Claudia: (claiming that supermodels are now extinct) In order to become a supermodel one must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time so that people can recognise the girls. That is, for now, not least because the advertising industry is very much taken nowadays by pop stars and actresses. Supermodels, like we once were, don't exist any more.

    • Claudia: I've met women who have way better bodies in their 40s because they've been working on them for all these years.

    • Claudia: I just love to shock people. Yesterday my friend said, "What a great top, is it Stella?" I said, "No, it's Mango, £25." I'm never head-to-toe in anything. I like to mix things from Prada, things from Marc Jacobs. But, you know, you can spend several thousand pounds on something, wear it for one day and the button falls off. I get really pissed off when you spend so much money.

    • Claudia: I love wearing flat shoes, but I am not one of those girls who walks around in sweat pants and sneakers. I think I have something going on with shoes. Flat shoes. I buy them in several colors at once. High heels are for work and they have always been uncomfortable for me. I'm amazed when I see mothers wearing high heels. If your kids run off you can't run after them

    • Claudia: 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: I used to work every single day and travel round the world. I worked weekends, I never took one second off. When I met my husband I said, "You know what, this is important. I'm not going to work weekends any more." And when I had kids, I became even more careful. Modelling work is fine because you can do one day here, two days there, you're never long gone.

    • Claudia: It's not that I'm against nudity. I'm German, I'm very open, in Germany they lay in the park naked. It's just the principle

    • Claudia: I actually don't meet very many men because they are, I guess, afraid to approach me or think that I'm from another planet

    • Claudia: 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

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