Claudia Schiffer has warned up and coming models to expect a lot of criticism. The blonde beauty began her career in fashion during the golden era of supermodels, rising to fame alongside the likes of Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell in the '90s, and this year celebrated 30 years in the industry with a book detailing her livelihood. She's still in demand at the age of 47, and has even just had a Barbie doll created in her honour, but Claudia's journey to success wasn't an easy feat, as she shared valuable words to the younger generation during an interview with Refinery29.
"It's a tough business," she noted. "I have models coming up to me all the time asking why they're crumbling. But you have to remember; you get criticised a lot. Imagine being on a photoshoot and there are people behind you whispering — and you know what they're whispering because they whisper loudly — and they're pointing out everything that's wrong with you."
Claudia Schiffer has given her advice to aspiring models
Claudia continued to explain that there will be countless times young models will be turned down for a job, or cancelled on last minute, and that they must be ready to cope with rejection. It may be hard, but the star insists all the let-downs contributed overall to her inner strength.
The model, who has posed for the likes of Chanel and Balmain, also urged emerging talent to not take let downs personally and to never let the lack of a job affect their outlook on themselves.
"If someone doesn't like you, then they don't like you. It's not your choice. There's nothing you can do about it," she pointed out. "But you have to be happy with who you are. The rest can take it or leave it. You have to be a bit arrogant about it and understand the logic of it all. The key is not to care."