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Choupette

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Choupette (born 19 August 2011 in Fontaine-sous-Préaux as Guimauve du Blues Daphnée) is a French Burmese cat used as a model, among other things. She became famous as the pet cat of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019).

Life

The animal weighs about 3.5 kg. Lagerfeld compared the tail with boa feathers and the eyes with a star sapphire.

Originally, the white Burmese cat with blue eyes belonged to model friend Baptiste Giabiconi. He asked Lagerfeld to look after the cat while he was abroad. Lagerfeld took a liking to the animal and Giabiconi eventually left the cat to him.[1] After the passing of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in 2019, Choupette remained with Françoise Caçote, who was very close to Karl Lagerfeld himself.[2]

The name Choupette means “sweet” or “the sweet one” in German.

Social media and media response

The cat became famous in 2012 through a tweet from a French magazine editor.[3]

The Twitter account @ChoupettesDiary[4] was set up and run by Ashley Tschudin, the former social media coordinator of the online newspaper The Daily, which was discontinued in 2012, and was authorized by Karl Lagerfeld as recently as June 2012.[5] Karl Lagerfeld also had Instagram and Facebook accounts set up for the cat.[6]

Lagerfeld “complained” in 2012 that the cat was more famous than he was.[7] Regardless, he created the image of a Greta Garbo-style diva for her, describing the cat as aloof. She would hate children and other animals. Her needs would be taken care of by two maids.[8][9] At dinner, she would sit at Lagerfeld’s table. The food was prepared for her by her own house chef. She was also given her own meals at high-end restaurants and reportedly has a penchant for expensive caviar. In addition, she had her own bodyguard and traveled by private jet.

Choupette was reported in various media. Karl Lagerfeld, for example, spoke about her in New York Magazine.[9] The Süddeutsche Zeitung created a fictitious interview with the cat from the answers, in which Choupette spoke of herself in the third person.[10] Brigitte Bardot wrote a letter to Choupette to dissuade her owner from a fashion collection made of furs,[11] but she was unsuccessful.[12]

Window of the KL store on London’s Regent Street during the Monster Choupette!-Campaign

Monster Choupette Collection, 2015

Commercial role

As a publicity figure, Lagerfeld had her advertise Opel and Japanese beauty products, which reportedly earned her three million euros in 2014.[8] The Opel photos were screened at a vernissage in Berlin in 2015. Choupette also appeared as a cover model, along with Gisele Bündchen and Linda Evangelista, among others, in various issues of Vogue. In 2014, the guidebook Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat was published.[13][14] Lagerfeld also developed his own collections under the titles “Monster Choupette!” and “Choupette in Love”, which include various accessories such as socks, key rings, shopping bags and handbags, as well as T-shirts.[15][16]

Literature

  • Patrick Mauriès, Jean-Christophe Napias : Choupette: The Life of a Cat at Karl Lagerfeld’s Side. Edel Germany, Hamburg 2015. ISBN 978-3-8419-0353-2.

Web links

Individual references

  1. Lagerfeld’s Love..vogue.co.uk, 6 June 2012, accessed 21 February 2016.
  2. faz.net: Choupette’s new home. retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. “Photos : devinez à qui appartient Choupette ?!”, Public, 01/2012.
  4. Choupette Lagerfeld on Twitter
  5. The Choupette Phenomenon, Vogue, June 8, 2013
  6. choupettesdiary on Instagram
  7. Karl Lagerfeld On Choupette Stealing His Limelight, Admiring Victoria Beckham & Kate Middleton Not Dressing Like A Mad Woman.In: YahooLifestyle India. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  8. a b Choupette – the cat who makes millions.Die Welt, 3 April 2015, retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. a b Amy Larocca:Karl Lagerfeld on His Mother, €3 Million Cat, and Being a ‘Fashion Vampire’.New York Magazine, March 31, 2015, accessed June 28, 2015.
  10. Lena Jakat:Lagerfeld cat Choupette in an interview: “People irritate me”.Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 2, 2015, accessed June 28, 2015.
  11. Le Figaro:Brigitte Bardot écrit une lettre antifourrure à la chatte de Lagerfeld
  12. Protests against Lagerfeld fashion show: A designer for all skins, Spiegel online, July 9, 2015
  13. The pampered life of Lagerfeld’s luxury cat.Stern.de, 4 February 2015, retrieved 28 June 2015.
  14. Martine Cartegini, Guillaume Evin: Les coulisses de la haute couture. Hugo Et Compagnie, 2015, ISBN 978-2-7556-2518-9, p. 161 ([1][accessed 21 February 2016]).
  15. Claudia Connell:The cat earning £2m a year: And it provides Karl Lagerfeld’s moggie model with purrfect jetset life, dahlings.Daily Mail, 2 April 2015, accessed 28 June 2015.
  16. Choupette Collection by Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue.co.uk, October 28, 2013