Claudia Schiffer on the cover of TIME
Claudia Schiffer (born August 25, 1970 in Rheinberg, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German model who reached supermodel
status during the 1990s.
Schiffer began modelling in 1987, after being spotted in a nightclub in Düsseldorf. Weeks later she appeared in Elle magazine. Within a short time she
modelled for Chanel. In the early 1990s she starred in Guess?
jeans ads in North America. She has appeared in around ten motion pictures.
German beauty Claudia Schiffer has parlayed her statuesque elegance
into international fame, becoming one of the world's most recognizable
supermodels. Along with such contemporaries as Cindy Crawford and Elle MacPherson, Schiffer took the catwalk world by storm in the early '90s, and made a predictable move into acting soon after.
Schiffer made her first appearance on celluloid in Richie Rich (1994),
as an aerobics instructor. The role apparently encouraged some
real-world pursuits, as she would release a line of workout videos the
following year. Also in 1994, she was a natural to cameo in Robert Altman's fashion industry send-up Ready to Wear, the first of Schiffer's many film appearances as herself, including Ben Stiller's
Zoolander (2001). She took on a larger role in the romantic comedy
Friends & Lovers (1999), and earned real credibility by getting
cast in James Toback's cinéma vérité
approach to multiracial youth culture, Black and White (1999). Schiffer
is one of the owners of the Fashion Café chain of trendy restaurants,
along with fellow supermodels Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Elle MacPherson. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide
Schiffer was long engaged to, but never married, the magician David
Copperfield. On May 25, 2002 she married film producer
Matthew de Vere Drummond, né Matthew Vaughn, son of George Albert Harley Drummond (also
known as George de Vere Drummond).