If the supermodel and designer could be anything else for a day, it would be one of her pampered German shepherds.
What’s your greatest strength?
When I started modelling in 1992, I was constantly told I was too curvy and healthy-looking for the “heroin chic” look of that time. It was hard to be turned down by clients and photographers and to hear those comments. But, in the end, having the strength to stick by what I believed in made me search for new doors to open. That helped launch my career.
And your greatest weakness?
Falling asleep early. With four young children and a business to run, there isn’t much time for anything else.
If you could do any other job, what would it be?
Before I won a modelling contest back in Germany, I was supposed to go to fashion design school in Düsseldorf. I never thought I’d be able to follow my dream of being a fashion designer without going to design school but here I am.
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
We cook dinner almost every night in my house. I love being able to sit down as a family and talk about our day. We make soup, schnitzel, meatballs... you name it.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
I’m happiest in my backyard in summer, playing in the pool with my kids, jumping on the trampoline and barbecuing.
What travel experience is on your bucket list?
I’ve always wanted to see the Great Wall of China. Visiting a place with so much interesting history would definitely be a memorable travel experience.
How do you switch off?
I do it the second my feet hit the beach.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
A cheeseburger and French fries.
Who is your personal hero?
Kids always think of their parents as their heroes and that hasn’t changed for me.
It’s even truer now that I’m a mother and I understand what my parents went through to raise their children.
What would you say is the most German thing about you?
My type of humour. I’m very black and white and I don’t just laugh because it’s expected.
Where would we find you at a party?
If the music is good, the dance floor.
If you were an animal, what would it be?
My German shepherds! They get lots of cuddles and nap most of the time.
If you were down to your last $20, what would you spend it on?
I would figure out a way to turn that 20 bucks into more.
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