Claudia Schiffer has opened up about the difference between becoming a celebrity and an icon.
The German supermodel rose to fame in the early 1990s alongside Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Elle Macpherson, and over the years, has appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Balmain, Bulgari, Michael Kors and Prada.
Claudia continues to be one of the most recognisable names in the business, and is certain there is more to achieving icon status than simply being in the public eye.
“When defining the word icon, the test of time is key. You can’t be iconic in the moment,” she wrote in an article for CNN Style. “It is also a very different concept to fame and celebrity, which can be short-lived. Time allows you to look back and recognise the lasting impact of an image, a person or a movement.”
Claudia went on to share that she was very insecure in herself when she first started modelling. But by embracing a character, she was able to adopt a confident persona on photoshoots.
“Until my first magazine cover shoot, I thought at any moment someone would tell me it was all over. But I think by proving to myself that I could succeed in something that didn’t marry with my instinctive nature, I developed a much deeper resilience and sense of self-belief,” the 47-year-old shared.
Claudia noted that she viewed designer Gianni Versace, who was tragically murdered in 1997, as an icon due to his original designs and catwalk spectacles. While not every show is iconic, the blonde beauty admitted that she was especially proud to be involved in Donatella Versace’s spring/summer 2018 show held during Milan Fashion Week last September (17), where she reunited with Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni for the final walk in honour of Gianni.
“It was a powerful experience that evoked an outpouring of emotion. In this case, I will make an exception; the moment itself was iconic,” she added.
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