Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, lives like the pampered queen that she is. What with her two maids, private jet, body guard and private chef. She was even the subject of a book, Choupette: The Private Life of a High Flying Fashion Cat, which documented her health and beauty tips and how to live your best life (we imagine it does not include cat food out of a can or the simple pleasures of a scratching pole, Choupette prefers the finer things in life).
And it turns out that her luxe life is really working out for her. According to her proud papa, Karl Lagerfeld, Choupette earned a cool 3 million Euros last year. Not for any cat food commercials mind, Choupette is too high class for that. According to Lagerfeld, Choupette’s fat pay packet came from two advertisements she did – one for cars in Germany and another for a Japanese beauty product.
As Lagerfeld told New York Magazine,
“I don’t allow her to do foodstuffs and things like this. She’s too sophisticated for that. She had something unique. She is like a human being, but the good thing is that she’s silent. You don’t have to discuss it.”
Lagerfeld was effusive in his praise for his haughty feline (“she hates other animals and she hates children”), likening her to glamorous movie stars from bygone eras.
“She is the center of the world. If you saw her, you would understand. She is kind of Greta Garbo. There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She’s an inspiration for elegance. For attitude.”
As for how Choupette has changed his life, let Lagerfeld count the ways,
“Maybe I became a better person perhaps, I don’t know. Less selfish, I guess? I think it’s grotesque, but what can you do? I believe in the unique. This is not just something to keep me company. It’s only great because of the uniqueness of her.”