Claudia Schiffer has her own Barbie doll – for the third time.
The German supermodel, 53, was the inspiration for manufacturer Mattel’s latest version of the toy and shows it dressed in the iconic turquoise gown she wore on the catwalk of the 1994 Fall/Winter Atelier Versace show.
She said: “My earliest memories are playing with Barbie and wishing I could be just like her.
“Half a century later, Mattel has made my wish come true by designing a doll in my likeness.
“I hope my doll can inspire all fans to dream big and follow their passions.”
Claudia has been photographed for the cover of Vogue 16 times and has modelled for the world’s biggest fashion houses since the ’90s.
In 2017, Mattel made a doll to mark 30 years of the model’s career and the launch of her autobiography – and created another doll in 2020 to celebrate her 50th birthday.
Despite being turned into a toy originally famed for its image of human perfection, Claudia says she feels like a down-to-Earth Briton as loves Marmite, junk food and sarcasm.
She added in a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph friends from her homeland now fail to get her English sense of humour.
Claudia – who lives in the UK with her Londoner filmmaker husband Matthew Vaughn, 52, and their children Caspar, 20, Clementine, 18, and 13-year-old Cosima – said: “I love English chocolate, Marmite and crisps. I’ve even picked up an English sense of humour, which has got me into trouble with my German friends who don’t understand British sarcasm.”
Claudia, who has homes on the Northamptonshire-Oxfordshire border and a 14-bedroom Tudor manor house on 530 acres in Suffolk, also said her favourite chocolates are Cadbury’s Buttons.
But she said she still tries to avoid wheat and is fortunate to be working in her 50s.
Claudia added: “I’m lucky enough to be working in an era that sees no ‘ageing out’.
“Before the ’90s, a model’s career would rarely last past her 30s and there was a constant turnover of faces. With the supermodels, careers started to last longer as we became powerful brands in our own right. Models now are working well into their 40s, 50s and beyond.”