Claudia Schiffer Biography
Born on August 25, 1970, the model grew up in Rheinberg, one of four children in a well-to-do family. She was just 17, when, in a Dusseldorf disco, she was approached by a representative for the Metropolitan modelling agency. And six months later – after graduating from high school – the statuesque 5ft 11in blonde who had always considered herself too tall and too thin, made her first appearance on the cover of Elle magazine. High profile jobs with Guess? Jeans and Chanel followed, with a series of long-term contracts with Revlon helping make her one of the highest-paid models in the world. Known for her business savvy and language skills, Claudia did not initially find her consistent success in the modelling industry mirrored in her personal life, however. Engaged to celebrity magician David Copperfield for six years, she split up with him in late 1999, and took up with British art dealer and Green Shield Stamp family-member Tim Jefferies. Lasting love, however, came when she met film producer Matthew Vaughn - who served as Guy Ritchie's best man at his wedding to Madonna - and the two were married in a fairytale ceremony in a Suffolk village church in late May 2002. Within months Claudia and Matthew announced they were expecting a little bundle of joy - baby Caspar arrived on January 31, 2003. Their second child, daughter Clementine, was born on November 11, 2004 and the third child, daughter Cosima Violet, was born on May 14, 2010.