More often than not, we hear stories of models being discovered at the mall or the grocery store—mundane, unglamorous places that highlight the sheer randomness of circumstances that launch a relatively normal (if not gangly) young woman's covetable career. But it seems fitting that for Claudia Schiffer, that moment happened in a German disco. "[I was] dancing to 'You Spin Me Right Round,'" she tells Semaine in a new profile. Given her decades-long career and ageless status as one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, it's kind of poetic to consider that it was high-octane from the very beginning: Schiffer turning heads as she got down on the dance floor.
Ageless is a good word for Schiffer, and not just where it pertains to her unflagging career. At 46, she's as lovely as ever, the proverbial standard-bearer on what graceful aging looks like. It all makes perfect sense after peeping at her daily routine, which is as lighthearted and fun-loving as it is dedicated. And that, Byrdie readers, is the ultimate lesson—that self-care is as much about enjoying oneself as it is picking the right skincare formulas or knocking back lemon water.
But don't just take our word for it. See the highlights of Schiffer's daily routine below, and head to Semaine to see the full feature.
"I wake up and start the day with an espresso followed by eggs," Schiffer says, adding that every breakfast comes with a side of good music. "I love to listen to '80s music—right now the Eddie the Eagle soundtrack that Gary Barlow produced. I had so much fun watching this album being put together. I also like Elton John, Queen, Macklemore, Prince, David Bowie, Adele, Christine and the Queens."
After breakfast and before launching into work for the day, Schiffer takes the time to get active. "I work out by doing long walks with our dogs, tennis, yoga or Pilates," she says, usually around 8:30. (She rises at 7.)
Next up is her rather minimal beauty routine—chiefly, maintaining her baby-blond locks. "I use Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Lotus Blossom + Color Protect in the shower to make my hair color last, whilst also giving it a really healthy look," she says, adding that she also regularly uses the brand's leave-in beauty balm. (Schiffer co-founded Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime.) Then, she launches right into her day—in addition to her work with Schwarzkopf, Schiffer is currently designing an eponymous line of cashmere knitwear.
Head over to Semaine to read about the rest of Schiffer's day.