South Africa’s first male super model, David Miller from Cape Town, has joined the international fashion world in mourning the death of the legendary designer and accomplished photographer, Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld was 85 years-old.

Lagerfeld approached Miller for a shoot nearly 20 years ago, shortly after agents had discovered him at the V&A Waterfront.

Miller had then just completed high school.

Miller, who is based in New York, says he’s shocked by the news of the German-born icon’s death.

He says as time goes by, he increasingly realises how privileged he is to have worked with the iconic Chanel fashion designer.

Lagerfeld was admitted to a Paris hospital on Monday following health complications last month. Memorial and funeral arrangements are underway.