Heidi Klum

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Heidi Klum
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Heidi Klum at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008.
Spouse(s)Seal (2005 - present)
Modeling information
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Hair colorBlonde (colored)
Eye colorHazel

Heidi Klum (IPA: [ˈklʊm]; born June 1, 1973[1]) is a German supermodel, actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, television producer and occasional singer. She is also the hostess of Project Runway and Germany's Next Topmodel, and is known for her modeling work with Victoria's Secret.


Early life and discovery

Klum was raised by her parents, Günther (a cosmetics company executive) and Erna (a hairdresser)[2] According to Klum, "in 1991, my friend, Karin, persuaded me to fill out a magazine coupon: I enrolled for the national contest 'Model 92', with the chosen winners shown on the Gottschalk Late Night Show, a top German television show with host Thomas Gottschalk, similar to late night shows with David Letterman or Jay Leno in the United States.[3] Out of 25,000 contestants, Klum was voted the winner on April 29, 1992 and was offered a modeling contract worth US$300,000.[4] She accepted the contract a few months later after graduating from school and decided not to try for an apprentice position at a fashion design school.[5]

Acting and Modelling

Heidi Klum has been on the cover of most of the well-known fashion magazines, including Vogue Magazine, ELLE and Marie Claire. She became widely known after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and for her work with Victoria's Secret and gained popularity as part of Thomas Zeumer's Metropolitan Models.[6]In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in the several edition ranging from 1999 to 2006.[7][8][9][10] She wrote the foreword to Gair's most recent book of body paint work.[11] She has been a spokesmodel for McDonald's, Braun, H & M, and Liz Claiborne, among others. She is currently a celebrity spokesmodel for Jordache[12] and for Volkswagen. In addition to modeling, she has appeared in several TV shows, including Spin City, Sex and the City, Yes, Dear, and How I Met Your Mother. She had a role as an ill-tempered hair model in the movie Blow Dry, played a giantess in the movie Ella Enchanted and was cast as Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She also had cameo appearances in The Devil Wears Prada and Perfect Stranger.

In July 2007, having earned an estimated $8 million in the previous 12 months, Klum was named by Forbes as third on the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.[13] In 2008, Forbes estimated her income to be $14 million, which put Klum in second place on the list, surpassing Kate Moss ($7.5 million), but still well behind Gisele Bundchen ($35 million).[14]

Heidi is signed to IMG Models New York.

Project Runway

Project Runway season three finalist Laura Bennett interviews Klum and Seal at the 59th Emmy Awards.

In December 2004, she became the host, judge and executive producer of the reality show Project Runway on the U.S. cable television channel Bravo, in which fashion designers compete for the opportunity to show their line at New York Fashion Week and receive money to launch their own fashion line. She received an Emmy Awards nomination for the show for each of the first three seasons.[15] In 2008, Klum and Project Runway received a Peabody Award, the first time a reality show had won the award.[16]

Designing and perfume

Klum has designed her own clothing lines (including one for infants) that were featured in the famous German mail-order catalog "Otto." She also has designed shoes for Birkenstock, jewellery for Mouawad, a clothing line for Jordache, and swimsuits – featured in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – that, for a limited time, were available for sale through her personal website. She was one of the designers of the Victoria's Secret lingerie line "The Body", which was named after the nickname she received following her first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance. Her Mouawad jewelry collection debuted on the cable shopping network QVC on September 14, 2006, and 14 of the 16 styles sold out after only 36 minutes.[17] A second line of her jewelry collection debuted on QVC on April 14, 2007, with similar success.[18] Klum's clothing line for Jordache launched on April 30, 2008.[19]

She has produced two fragrances, called "Heidi Klum" and "Me", which are currently available for sale through her official website.

She was also involved in the development of a namesake rose, the Heidi Klum rose,[20] [21]which is available in Germany.

Germany's Next Topmodel

Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television show which pits contestants against each other in a variety of competitions to determine who will win a modeling contract with IMG. Klum is the host, a judge, and co-producer of the show along with model Tyra Banks. The first season or "cycle" of the show aired in 2006 and was won by Lena Gercke. The second cycle aired in 2007 and was won by Barbara Meier. The third cycle is currently airing on the German network Pro 7.


Klum is also an artist and has had several of her paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S. On September 27, 2002 she dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog with Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of September 11.[22]

In 2004, Klum co-authored Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge with Elle magazine editor Alexandra Postman. The book gives Klum's biography as well as her advice on becoming successful. Prior to that, Klum had been an occasional guest columnist for the German television network RTL's website. She has also written an essay for the German newspaper Die Zeit.[23]

Her other projects have included music and video games. She is featured in the 2004 James Bond video game Everything or Nothing, where she plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova.[24] She has appeared in several music videos, including Jamiroquai's video "Love Foolosophy" from their album A Funk Odyssey, and Kelis's "Young, Fresh N' New," off her second album Wanderland.

In November 2006 Klum released her debut single "Wonderland," which was written for a series of television advertisements for the German retailer "Douglas." Proceeds from the single were given to a children's charity in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach.[25] She also contributed to her husband Seal's 2007 album System, singing the duet "Wedding Day", a song that Seal wrote for their wedding.[26]

In 2008, Klum was a featured guest on a Volkswagen commercial, where she was interviewed by a black Beetle. When she commented that German engineering is so sexy, she caused the Beetle to blush and turn red.

Personal life

Klum modeling at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show, February 2008

Klum married stylist Ric Pipino in 1997; the couple divorced in 2002.[27] Following the divorce, she had brief relationships with Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis and Formula-1 mogul Flavio Briatore. In the Autumn of 2003, Klum announced she was pregnant with Briatore's child. On the day she announced the pregnancy, Briatore was photographed kissing Fiona Swarovski, a jewellery heiress.[28] Klum and Briatore split up shortly thereafter. Klum gave birth to Helene "Leni" Klum on May 4, 2004 in New York City, New York.[29]

In early 2004, while still pregnant, Heidi began a relationship with musician Seal.[30] Klum and Seal married on May 10, 2005, on a beach in Mexico. They have two children together, both boys: Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel, born September 12, 2005 in Los Angeles, California[31] and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel born November 22, 2006 in Los Angeles.[32] According to Klum, Flavio Briatore is not involved in Leni's life, and she has stated emphatically that "Seal is Leni's father."[33]

On hearing her family referred to as a "patchwork family", Klum said, "I’m not white, I’m a shade of brown," and added, "we’re all different shades and we came together and we all love each other... it’s actually kind of nice to have a 'patchwork family'."[34]


In December 2007, Klum was sued by jewelry maker Van Cleef & Arpels for allegedly misappropriating a clover design for her own line.[2]


Year Film Role Other notes
1998 54 VIP Patron
2001 Blow Dry Jasmine
2004 Ella Enchanted Brumhilda
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Ursula Andress
2007 Perfect Stranger Herself

Klum appeared in episodes of Malcolm in the Middle (as a toothless hockey player) and Cursed, and has made several guest appearances as herself in various shows, including Spin City, Sex and the City, CSI: Miami and How I Met Your Mother as well as the movie, The Devil Wears Prada.


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  2. ^ "Mark Seal". Celebrated Living Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-25. A few weeks later, the telephone rang in her little town, where she lived with her father, Günther, a cosmetics company executive; her mother, Erna, a hairdresser; and her little brother.
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  4. ^ "Heidi Klum". heidiklum.com. Retrieved 2007-09-25. More about "Model 92": More than 25,000 girls had sent their measurements, details and photos to the model contest. 45 of us were selected and presented on the show Gottschalk (RTL) by Germany's most famous TV host, Thomas Gottschalk. The audience chose me as the 'winner of the week' on April 15th, 1992. One week later, I became the 'winner of the month.' The final competition took place on April 29th. At that final stage, the judging panel was composed of fashion experts and celebrities, and their votes let me win the contest! My reward was a modeling contract, running over three years and guaranteeing a minimum sum of $300,000 dollars.
  5. ^ "Heidi Klum". heidiklum.com. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Summer 1992 I stop studying to be a fashion designer and instead, decide to pursue a career as a model line feed character in |quote= at position 12 (help)
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  25. ^ Kinderdorf Bethanien - Kinder singen: „Danke, Heidi!“ - EXPRESS online - Promi & Show:[dead link]
  27. ^ Celeb Watch: Jeffrey Tambor's on course
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  29. ^ Klum, Dixie Chick Welcome 3 Baby Girls
  30. ^ Heidi Klum: Seal and I Have Not Married
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