Claudia Schiffer Almost Had a Hermes Bag Named After Her But She Said No

Claudia Schiffer was one of the great supermodels of the nineties and remains a major presence in pop culture to this day. Along with models like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, Schiffer appeared on literally hundreds of magazine covers.

Her stunning beauty made her impossible to forget, and for models of today, Schiffer remains one of the pinnacles of industry perfection. Schiffer has always been decisive about what she wants to accomplish in her career and the specifics of her brand — and doesn’t hesitate to say no to a project or opportunity, even when others might jump at the chance.

How did Claudia Schiffer become famous?

Claudia Schiffer
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Schiffer was born in Germany in 1970. Raised in a large family, with two brothers and a sister, Schiffer is very intelligent and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer when she was a child. However, her extraordinary looks meant that Schiffer started receiving a lot of attention during her teenage years and when she was seventeen, Schiffer was spotted by a model talent scout.

Schiffer left high school and flew to France to begin shooting magazine covers. It didn’t take long before the German beauty was noticed by top fashion brands and media moguls from all over the world. A few of Schiffer’s early campaigns included work for brands like Guess? Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Fendi, and Balmain.

Schiffer has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, People, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Schiffer belonged to the nineties’ famous model squad, which included such famous faces as Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss. Schiffer was more than just a stunning face: She experimented with acting and has appeared in several movies and documentaries over the years. 

What is Claudia Schiffer doing these days?

In the early 2000s, Schiffer began to slowly step back from the modeling industry. She walked fewer runways but stayed connected to the industry that she loved so much by becoming a judge on Fashion Fringe in the year 2011.

Schiffer also launched her own line of cashmere products, utilizing the fashion acumen that she had built up over a period of many years. 

Schiffer also found love in 2002, with film director Matthew Vaughn. The two got married and have since welcomed three children.

These days, Schiffer prefers to keep a low profile and lives with her husband and three children well away from the prying eyes of the media. Still, she steps out from time to time, reminding all her fans that she hasn’t lost any of her extraordinary beauty or ability to rock a red carpet. 

Why did Claudia Schiffer not want a Hermes handbag named after her?

It’s no surprise that all of the top fashion brands wanted to work with Schiffer as soon as she rose to prominence. While Schiffer worked with many of them, and accepted many lucrative offers, she certainly didn’t jump at every opportunity that arose.

Recently, Schiffer gave an interview where she revealed that the fashion house Hermes wanted to name a handbag after her. Schiffer admitted that she turned them down, although she said that she didn’t even remember the exact reason why.

Hermes has named handbags after celebrities before, with bags released in honor of iconic celebs like Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin. Still, it’s clear that Schiffer didn’t feel any pressure to join that prestigious circle.

Part of it could have to do with the fact that Schiffer “never had that urge to be in the limelight.” She has remained consistent throughout her entire career, which could be one reason why she has remained so successful.