Karl Lagerfield's Siamese cat Choupette banked more in 2014 than most people earn in a lifetime, it has been revealed.
Speaking to The Cut as he arrived in New York to showcase his latest Metiers d'Art collection for Chanel, the fashion icon said that she "became the most famous cat in the world" thanks to her collaboration with cosmetics brand Shu Uemura and posing for a Vauxhall Corsa car calendar.
"She did two jobs and made €3m (£2.2m) last year. I don't allow her to do foodstuffs and things like this. She's too sophisticated for that," said the 81-year-old designer.It seems that it was destiny that led Chanel's creative director to his whiskered muse, who now has a book, two maids, and 52.3K followers on Instagram and enjoys first class flights to exotic destinations.
"Choupette belonged to a friend of mine who asked if my maid could take care of her for two weeks when he was away," Lagerfeld explained. "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."
And just like her rich and famous owner, Choupette has people at her it beck and call.
"They [her maids] 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."
Lagerfeld insists that he credits their bond to the fact that 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."
Meanwhile, the high-maintenance moggy is the new cover star of US fashion magazine, Lucky's "100+ Stylish Animals" issue.