Claudia Schiffer feels like “no time has passed” when she meets her fellow Nineties supermodels.
The 53-year-old was propelled to fame along with catwalk icons including Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson around 30 years ago and says she still keeps in touch with the other “Supers” and feels a massive bond with them when they meet now.
She told Grazia magazine: “Suddenly we were propelled into stardom in a really short period of time – bigger than actors, singers and the like.
“It had never been seen before in the modelling industry.
“I’m of course closer to some than others and when we see each other, even if it’s not regularly, it is like the familiarity of meeting up with someone you went to high school with!
“You feel very close because you experienced such important moments together, and it feels like no time has passed.”
When asked for her best memories of the Nineties, Claudia said it was “the comradery, the creativity and the friendships” between her and her fellow models.
Claudia now lives a much quieter life than in her Nineties heyday at her homes in London, Suffolk and Oxfordshire with her filmmaker husband Matthew Vaughn, 52, and their three children, Caspar, 20, Clementine, 19, and 13-year-old Cosima – as well as a menagerie of four dogs, two cats and three tortoises.
She said about how today’s generation of models and fashion fans are still amazed by the Nineties “Supers”: “As Supers, we were seen as individuals who traversed boundaries and, as pop music, fashion and style converged, we became household names.
“We represented self-made success, which was a gateway to today’s generations who’ve taken it to another level.
“I think there’s also curiosity about how it all happened before the age of social media!”
She added about how the ‘Supers’ changed the landscape of modelling: “Prior to the Nineties, a model’s career would rarely last past her thirties and there was a constant turnover of faces and types of beauty.
“With the supermodels, careers started to last longer as we became powerful brands in our own right.
“Now models are working well into their fifties and beyond.
“Diversity in age, sexuality, shape, and race is an incredibly positive change and allows for a much broader, healthier scope of identification and representation. Fashion can be a provocateur. But it can also be a real changemaker.”