In a letter to her 17-year-old self, supermodel Claudia Schiffer reveals that her agent advised her against having an Hermès bag named after her.
If I was giving advice to my 17-year-old self, it would probably be along the lines of: 'you might want to reconsider that perm, you're going to want to destroy every photo of you in about five years from now'.
But apparently, most supermodels are far less superficial than me, and a lot more spiritual.
Polled for the spring/summer 2013 issue of Elle Collections, the genetic elite had the following cheesy McNuggets of wisdom to impart to their teenage selves:
Naomi Campbell:"Always trust your instincts"
Amber Valletta:"Relax and truly enjoy the adventure ahead of you"
Helena Christensen:"Feel with your heart and think with your brain. Be curious, adventurous, kind, and don't ever let anyone bring you down. Don't forget that sad moments are as important as the joyous ones"
Niki Taylor:"Be still… and truly know what it means"
Then luckily, just as it's all getting a bit too emotional, German supermodel, Claudia Schiffer steps in with some life advice which we should all heed ladies:
Claudia Schiffer:"In five years time Hermès will ask if they can name a bag after you, as they have Kelly and Birkin. Ignore your agent and say 'Yes'"
Ouch. What agent, in fact, what person in their right mind, would counsel anyone against having an Hermès handbag named after them? As accolades go, it's right up there with getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and positively pees all over an investiture from Buckingham Palace (sorry, I warned you I was superficial).
Was this the work of hawk-eyed agent Michel Levaton who discovered the 17-year-old Schiffer in a Düsseldorf nightclub? Well, he may have brought Claudia global fame and an impressive fortune, but immortality? That remains to be seen.
The full feature can be found in the spring/summer 2013 issue of ELLE Collections, on sale January 30.
By Belinda White, Telegraph.co.uk