The supermodel was born in Rheinberg, West Germany. She was just 17 years old when she was discovered in a nightclub in Düsseldorf. Claudia found success as a model in Paris, and shortly after, fellow German Karl Lagerfeld selected her to become the face of Chanel. By the '90s, she was an international superstar. She's fluent in German, English, and French, and her favorite dogs are German shepherds -- of course!