That Claudia Schiffer made any missteps throughout her illustrious (and still going strong) modeling career is hard to believe. The blue-eyed blonde has been the face of everything from Chanel to Guess (twice), covered Vogue innumerable times and was even immortalized in Zoolander.
However, even supermodels who look like Brigitte Bardot suffer from regrets and missed opportunities, like, you know not getting an Hermès bag named after you.
For its spring 2013 issue, Elle Collections asked supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta, Helena Christensen, and Niki Taylor what advice they would give to their 17-year-old selves. Most of their responses were a tad cliched, like “Always trust you instincts” (Campbell) or “Be still… and truly know what it means” (Taylor). Let’s just say no one said, “Do less coke.”
Schiffer’s was by far the most honest and surprising: “In five years time Hermès will ask if they can name a bag after you, as they have Kelly and Birkin. Ignore your agent and say ‘Yes.’”
Obviously, this is a sore subject for Schiffer (it would be for us, too!), since this is more like telling your 17 year old self her future than offering her advice. What is wrong with that agent? And did the same one let her do Zoolander?
We’re not sure Schiffer is any less of an icon without a namesake Hermès bag, but it’s not like Hermès just goes around naming bags after everyone.
It’s a sad story and we almost feel bad for her, but we have a few questions: 1) What would the bag have looked like or was it ultimately made and named something else? 2) Is it too late? 3) Who, today, would be worthy of a namesake Hermès bag? At least we know who definitely isn’t…