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Karl Lagerfeld’s Modelling Pet Cat Earns Way More Money than You

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is undoubtedly a rich man, but here’s a shocker – even his cat Choupette is richer than most people. The furry white feline managed to earn over three million dollars from just two days of modelling work. She is now believed to be the world’s most pampered cat – she has two maids, enjoys First Class travel around the world and even has her own Instagram account with hundreds of thousands of followers.

According to 81-year-old Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi, Choupette did two modelling assignments last year – one for Japanese cosmetics brand Shu Uemura, and the other for a Opel Corsa car calendar. Collectively, the two jobs earned her a whopping three million euro – a figure that professional supermodels might probably get paid for a much harder year’s work.

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Although Choupette’s earnings are dwarfed by feline competitor and internet sensation Grumpy Cat ($100 million commercial deals), Lagerfeld says that’s only because he’s picky about Choupette’s assignments. “I don’t allow her to do foodstuffs and things like this. She’s too sophisticated for that,” he explained.

“She hates other animals and hates children,” he added. “She stays with me always and has two personal maids. They play with her, they have to take care of her beautiful white hair, the beauty treatments for her eyes, and they entertain her. She is the center of the world. If you saw her, you would understand.”

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Lagerfeld and Choupette first met through a mutual friend. “Choupette belonged to a friend of mine who asked if my maid could take care of her for two weeks when he was away,” he recalled. “When he came back, he was told that Choupette would not return to him. He got another cat who became fat, and Choupette became the most famous cat in the world, and the richest.”

The designer is now so besotted with his cat that he compared her to the likes of Greta Garbo. “There is something unforgettable about her, the way she moves, the way she plays. She is an inspiration for elegance. For attitude.” Lagerfeld and his beloved Choulette are rarely apart – they live, eat and sleep together with their respective entourages trailing in their wake. Sometimes, he is so inspired by her that he delivers words of wisdom to her fans through her 100,000-strong Twitter page. “There is no marriage allowed between humans and animals,” he once said regretfully. “I never thought I would fall in love with a cat.”

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And Lagerfeld makes sure his feline muse gets all that she deserves. Choupette has her own iPad and only drinks bespoke mineral water that was specially blended for her using a cocktail of Swiss, Swedish, British and German water by LeWater Bar Colette in Paris. Her food, prepared by her own personal chef Patrice, consists of liver pate, chicken and fresh fish. The morsels are served in her favorite silver dishes made by French luxury goods company Goyard.

When she is not eating at home, Choulette dines at the fanciest restaurants in Paris, where she is welcomed like royalty. The famous La Voltaire restaurant on the banks of the Seine is actually preparing a special called ‘Choupette’s Eggs’ – a concoction of chopped boiled eggs with fresh mint. Cafe De Flore also offers ‘Croquettes a la Choupette’ to the special guest.

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To honor his favorite pet, Lagerfeld has designed a range of accessories like socks, keyrings, and shopping bags, all adorned with a white cat motif. The moody French sensation was also featured in a 128-page coffee table book called The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat. The book consists of accounts from her fabulous life, as told by her personal maids Francoise and Marjorie.

Sources: The Independent, NY Mag

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