Karl Lagerfeld, the undefeated king of wildly tone-deaf and entertaining sound bites, recently revealed to New York Magazine that his feline companion, Choupette, is in a higher tax bracket than most humans. Apparently Choupette makes more money modeling than many human models.
Dubbing her the "Greta Garbo" of the animal kingdom, Lagerfeld adopted the furball and soon she was booking lucrative international modeling campaigns:
She did two jobs and made 3 million euros last year. One was for cars in Germany and the other was for a Japanese beauty product. 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. She hates other animals and she hates children. She stays always with me and she 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.
Oh, ok, so no Fancy Feast ads for Choupette.
But before you go dismissing Lagerfeld as some crazy "cat person" who has set up an Instagram account for his camera-ready puss, you must understand that Choupette is an entirely different species: "She’s an inspiration for elegance. For attitude." I mean, obviously. In fact, this supermodel of cats is "…not just something to keep [Lagerfeld] company. It’s only great because of the uniqueness of her. "
Meaning, if she weren't so photogenic and so damn graceful at lying around in cat beds, Choupette would have have been given back to her original owner, who actually just dropped the kitty off for Lagerfeld to catsit temporarily — but couldn't convince the four-legged prima donna to come home. Both humans and animals alike understand that decision.
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