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'"