Claudia Schiffer Rolls for Chanel Advertising at Lagerfeld’s Indications

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Modeling is not lying on roses even if you’re Claudia Schiffer. It’s more like lying on the sidewalk, and rolling in the park.

For the Kaiser and his advertising photo shoot she just played his tune and rolled in Central Park wearing nothing but ankle boots, opaque tights, a mini skirt, a vest, a beret and, of course, the Chanel 2.55 as Karl adjusted his vision through the camera.

Claudia Schiffer Rolls in Central Park for Chanel Advertising

Looking at these pictures got me thinking that being a model is not as easy as it may sound. I once had my dreams of becoming one and now I’m asking myself if I would have been really prepared to accept things like that.

Claudia Schiffer Rolling in Central Park for Chanel Advertising under Lagerfeld Directions

And I imagine Claudia’s innocent sidewalk pose is really the cherry on top of the cake. Have you heard or seen stories from the modeling world? Not particularly creepy (for I’m convinced they exist) but talking about what a model has to put up to in her way to the top? Please share!

Claudia Schiffer Chanel Ad Central Park


#1 a dreamer on 03.26.08 at 7:28 pm

that looks quite painful

#2 Arnoldo Valerio on 03.27.08 at 2:57 am

As I said before modeling is a very hard job to do, hahaha. Claudia proofs it now. As far as your question concerns what models has to put up to in her way to the top. That can be almost everything, from wearing a bikini on the Northpole to wearing a Fur coat in the heat of the Mohave desert. The long hours waiting for the right sunlight or moonlight, are for most of the models very boring. Some shootings takes a couple of days and even in a studio it can takes several hours to a day. Then I don’t even speak about the most dangerous places where they (sometimes) do the shooting, it can be up in the mountains or at a dangerous beach or in the jungle of whatever country. It’s all about the pictures which are more important then the models. They only can (the topmodels) look very satisfied to their bankaccount. Kpriss as you also know the career of a model these days is very short, an average of 3 years, so actually they have to earn their money in that short period of time. And most of them are willing to do whatever is necessary to reach their goal. Don’t feel pity for them because they earn more then an average woman ever will do in her entire life. I hope all the readers understand what I mean by this posting.

#3 kpriss on 03.27.08 at 5:55 am

It’s true they earn big money (thieves do to, in a short period of time, more than even countries can produce for years), I guess I was partly curious about stories in their line of work and partly worried that money (and fame) erase any moral sense in the activity itself. It’s by far a dangerous path to follow because of the dangers that can come up at any point, both moral-related and physical (involving, as you well described, extreme photo shoot conditions). Yet, there are girls still hanging up in the business after the 3 mythical years. What’s their secret? They last longer under blistering cold? They roll better in the park? ;)

#4 Arnoldo Valerio on 03.27.08 at 2:33 pm

Kpriss name one model who has a moral or an ethical standard. I can tell you if you do modeling your a victim of the industry, and you’ll do what the agency or designers (and fashion directors) tell you to do. Only some (very) strong woman, can refuse to do some shootings, but 99.9% are going for the money. Yeah you’re right there are some models who survive the mythical 3 years. They are the same as the models in the 90s, like Linda E. Cindy C. or Christy Turlington etc where, they have a great personality, their whole attitude is sophisticated and live a quiet life, or at least a normal family life. I have my doubts about the last words I wrote but they are seen as the roll model of younger persons/people/girls/woman whatever you will call them. In the 90s you had these Supermodels, like the ones I mentioned before, now I call a good model a topmodel, there is a lot of difference between those two names. The models of today do a little bit to much, shows, ads and edits and it’s no wonder that they have a burn-out in about 3 years. Look to Dewi Driegen, famous when she was just 18 did more then 200 shows a season and a lot of edits and ads, after 3 years she quitted the business because she was tired of it, the same is with Gemma Ward. Her luck was that she got a contract to do some movies, while Dewi is doing sometimes an Haute Couture show and is living with her partner at an French farm, which they own.

#5 kpriss on 03.29.08 at 12:16 am

So finally it’s about being individual. Of course, I imagine they can’t afford this kind of attitude all the time (financially it can be fatal for them, since they’re so many girls ready to make all kinds of compromises for a contract) so it will come to the same asking directions and more or less accepting them. Indeed, a model lately is doing so much shows and shoots (I was reading that Sasha was distributed in 8 Prada ads) even the public gets a burnout, seeing their face so many times.

Still, switching to movies is not always a smart move. The public doesn’t always get over the catwalking girl behind the actress.

#6 Bobby Urchainyog on 04.18.08 at 9:19 am

Well I am Bobby Urchainyog and I really like these pictures. Her coat is wonderful, I can’t seem to find it in our chinese stores…I wish I was skinner… [I have a beer belly] :]

#7 Supernineties Supermodels Supercomeback — StyleFrizz on 05.29.08 at 1:43 pm

[…] Eva Herzigova for Louis Vuitton (photographed by Mert and Marcus), Claudia Schiffer for Chanel (photographed by Karl Lagerfeld) and Salvatore Ferragamo (photographed by Mario Testino), Christy Turlington for Escada […]

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