Claudia Mason is a supermodel, actress, producer and now author, of her first book, FINDING THE SUPERMODEL IN YOU, The Insider’s Guide to Teen Modeling (Skyhorse Publishing) which debuted on March 15th, 2016. Born and raised in New York City, Claudia started studying ballet at the age of five and trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet. Claudia was a dance student at New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts when she was discovered at a music store by a scout from Elite Modeling Agency.
She went on to become one of the world’s top models, working with designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. She was also featured on the covers of such magazines as Vogue, W, Mademoiselle, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and numerous foreign publications. She starred in prestigious fashion campaigns for Versace, Anne Klein, Fendi, amongst others. She worked with all the world’s greatest fashion photographers from the late Avedon to Bruce Weber, Patrick DeMarchelier, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, to name a few.
To kick off her career, MTV hired Claudia to host their fashion special, “Fashionably Loud”, and was also featured in Woody Allen’s film “Celebrity”. However, it was her appearance in Enrique Iglesias’ music video for the song “Rhythm Divine” that landed her roles in a few independent films, and a leading role in the independent feature film OUTPATIENT. Claudia’s theatre credits include TWO SHIPS PASSING for which she was named Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role by Reviewplays.com, and also appeared on television as a guest star on CBS’s CSI: NY, and How I met Your Mother; on Fox’s Kitchen Confidential, as well as on ABC’s October Road amongst others. A highly successful, critically acclaimed run of Tennessee Williams’ ORPHEUS DESCENDING in LA, for which she produced as well as starred in. This production was nominated for Best Revival of a Play by the LADCC for LA Theatre in 2010.
Continuing to work as a high fashion model, most recently for Italian Vogue, Russian Vogue and Love Magazine, Claudia currently has a TV series in development with Frogwater Media for 2016. Recently she was named a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association.
She herself is a stroke survivor, having suffered a minor stoke from a freak accident. Claudia has fully recovered but remains devoted to spreading the word about stroke prevention, early signs, and treatment. She lives in New York City.