on August 25th 1970, Claudia was raised in Dusseldorf, Germany
to a homemaker mom and lawyer dad. As a child growing up, Claudia
did not wish to become a model, rather she wanted to be a lawyer
and work in her father's successful law firm.
aspirations of becoming a successful attorney came to a halt
when she went to a nightclub for a night on the town with her
friends in October 1987. A modeling agent, Michel Levaton, spotted
Claudia and was instantly taken with her. Claudia inevitably
flew off to Paris for her first test shoot and indubitably,
a star was born.
initial emergence came from the popular cover shot for Elle
magazine. Claudia began receiving unbelievable recognition by
magazines in Europe and was later selected to be the new Guess?
girl in 1989.
the while that she was fulfilling her Guess? ad campaign duties,
Claudia managed to appear on five magazine covers in the United
States and seven in Europe.
5'11" with long, flowing blonde hair and piercing blue
eyes, she has appeared on over five hundred magazine covers
and her annual calendar is always one of the hottest selling
has made many television appearances throughout her successful
career on shows such as Larry King Live, The Tonight Show, The
Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
her television stints, Claudia has also appeared in a number
of feature films including the most recent, Black & White
(2000), which starred everyone from Mike Tyson to Robert Downey
has even made a personal exercise video and is also quite the
entrepreneur, considering she was one of the original founders
of the trendy Fashion Cafe (with fellow supermodels Elle MacPherson,
Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell,).
for her hobbies, Claudia likes to ride horses, paint, play tennis,
read, ski, and dance. As well, this beauty is also fluently
trilingual - she speaks German, French and English.
remains one of the top five supermodels in the modelling industry
today. She signed a four-year contract with Revlon cosmetics
worth $6 million. Unfortunately for us, the contract states
that she can't pose nude during that time.
certainly hopes to continue modeling well into the new millennium.
She would also like to make the transition and become a respected,
successful actress and later on hopes to raise a family of her