Like a fairy she is at the Glienicker Bridge. All in white with floor-length skirt, so tall and slim that it almost seems as if it could blow away the wind. Blond hair fluttering, a laugh that is just beautiful - Franziska Knuppe.
The model with the dimensions of "88-60-91" is an appointment with us at the bridge, which connects Potsdam with Berlin. Green metal arches stretch across the gray-colored water. A rowing boat paves the way to the bank. Behind us, behind trees, and gilded crowns fence lies the Glienicker castle, at the southeastern end of Lake Wannsee.
Franziska Knuppe lives not far away, off road a few hundred meters, perhaps, lives with her husband and daughter Ruby Mathilda them in a house in Potsdam. We set off, along the water, facing the castle of Babelsberg on the opposite bank. A moment to breathe.
At last her a lot was going on. In early July it was looking at some of the Berlin Fashion Week was, in many after-show parties to see and also moderated the "Triumph Inspiration Award" at the young designers were allowed to show their creations to an audience.
Franziska Knuppe, born 1974, grew up in Potsdam, separated with a younger brother, the parents themselves. After high school she was in Munich, a training in hotel management. But they did not stay there, returned to her hometown and enrolled at the university for business administration. She also waited tables in the Potsdam "Café Heider", which describes itself as like "living room of the city." This living room was a kind familiar to the pivotal point of their fate, here she met two men who changed her life.
Summer of 1997. The first man in the cafe was Möstl Christian Contractors, from Hamburg. He spoke, two years later they married. The second man was a fashion designer Wolfgang Joop. He said something like, "Man, Franzi, you're blond and tall, give me some photos of you."
At the exact words she does not remember. Anyway, she brought him some photos and a week later received a call from Heidi Gross, owner of Model Management agency in Hamburg. "They told me to come to Hamburg the next day." That was on a Thursday.
But just once in Hamburg was not so easy. For in the summer months cafes run as the "Heider" mostly good, and because the boss needs any force. Franziska Knuppe was not really excited, because a designer and a model agent for interested them - they organized a substitute waitress and called her new friend in Hamburg: "If you do not mind, I'd the weekend like to live with you. "
Friday afternoon she spoke to an agent at Model Heidi Gross, if one can say that. When it is finally less about models, how they speak, than about how they look. Franziska Knuppe presented itself. The boss of the agency was satisfied with what they saw and reported on Knuppe a great model contest, which spawned the Potsdamerin as the winner.
A week later she flew to her first big photo shoot in Lanzarote. Now she was model. Although "already" 22, an age to stop working in the modeling industry in which some already, she was immediately booked well. About herself she says she was at that time was a chick. Even now, at 36, she looks younger than she is.