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Heidi Klum (pronounced ; born 1 June 1973) is a German model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, , , and actress. She appeared on the cover of the and in 1999 was the first German model to become a .

Following a successful modeling career, Klum became the host and a judge of and the reality show which earned her an nomination in 2008 and a win in 2013 for (shared with co-host ); Klum has been nominated for . She has worked as a for and , and has appeared in numerous commercials for , and others. In 2009, Klum became 's official ambassador on . As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in movies including (2001), (2004), and made cameo appearances in (2006) and (2007). She has also appeared on TV shows including , , and . Since 2013, Klum has been a judge on the reality show .

In May 2011, magazine estimated Klum's total earnings for that year as 20 million. She was ranked second on Forbes' list of the "World's Top-Earning Models". Forbes noted that since ending her 13-year run as a Victoria's Secret Angel, Klum has become more of a businesswoman than a model. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship.


Early life and discovery[]

Klum was born and raised in , a town outside , . She is the daughter of Erna, a hairdresser, and Günther Klum, a cosmetics company executive. A friend convinced her to enroll in a national modeling contest called "Model 92". Out of 25,000 contestants, Klum was voted the winner on 29 April 1992, and offered a modeling contract worth US0,000 by Thomas Zeumer, CEO of Metropolitan Models New York. After winning, she appeared on the Gottschalk Late Night Show, a German television show with host . 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.

Modeling and acting[]

Klum has been featured on the cover of French, German, Portuguese and Spanish magazines, as well as , , , and Russian magazines. She became widely known after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and for her work with as an "Angel".Klum hosted the 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 . On 1 October 2010, the reported in its "" gossip column that Klum would be leaving Victoria's Secret, which was later confirmed by Klum.

In addition to working with well-known photographers on her first husband's Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object and subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in several editions from 1997 to 2010. She wrote the to Gair's book of body paint work, Body Painting, Masterpieces.Klum was the face of 's Amarige fragrance, and she also served as a spokesmodel for McDonald's, , , , and . Since 2007, she has been a celebrity spokesmodel for and . In addition to modeling, she has appeared in several TV shows, including , , , and . She had a role as an ill-tempered hair model in the movie , played a giantess in the movie and was cast as in . She had cameo appearances in the films and . Her other projects include dance and video games. She is featured in the 2003 video game , where she plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova. She has appeared in several music videos, including video "" from their album , "", off her second 2001 album and, most recently, the second video for her then husband song "Secret" off his 2010 album . The latter video depicts the married couple sharing intimate moments while naked in bed; the concept was Klum's idea. In July 2007, having earned US million in the previous 16 months, Klum was named by as third on the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning .

In 2008, Forbes estimated her income at 16 million, putting Klum in first place. For 2007, Forbes estimated her income at US million.Klum is signed to IMG Models in New York City. In 2008, Klum was a featured guest on an American commercial, where she was interviewed by a black . When she commented that German engineering is so sexy, she caused the Beetle to blush and turn red. She has been a part of several commercials for Volkswagen and McDonald's on German television. In November 2008, Klum appeared in two versions of a commercial, wherein she did a take on iconic underwear dancing scene in . In both versions, she lip-synced to "" while dancing around the living room with the wireless guitar controller.

In October 2009, Klum was the often-nude one-woman subject of Heidilicious, a photo book by photographer . Klum ventured into web-based videos, starring in "SPIKED HEEL: Supermodels Battle the Forces of Evil". The web-series starred model and was directed by fashion documentarian Doug Keeve. In the story, Klum aka 'The Kluminator,' and her stylish sidekick Coco "The Sassy Superhero" Rocha battle the evil Dr. Faux Pas who is plotting to destroy Fashion Week. The heroines employ everything from blow-dryer guns to fist fights, in order to thwart Dr. Faux Pas' dastardly plans. The Kluminator and Girl Wonder avoid a chain of fashion disasters to neutralize a death ray that threatens to vaporize the community of fashionistas gathered in Bryant Park. In 2010, Klum became the new face and creative advisor for European cosmetics brand Astor, for which she sets artistic direction and designs new products and fashion forward color collections. In October 2010, Klum parted ways with Victoria's Secret after 13 years of working with the brand. She provided a simple explanation in her official statement, stating: "All good things have to come to an end. I will always love Victoria and never tell her secret. It's been an absolute amazing time!"

It was reported in May 2011 that Klum ranked second with estimated earnings of US million on ' list of the World's Top-Earning Models (2010–2011). Forbes noted that since ending her 13-year run as a Victoria's Secret Angel, Klum has become more of a than a model. She partnered with and to launch a clothing line and signed a 20-episode deal to host a new show on , called Seriously Funny Kids. In fact, some noted fashion designers have long been commenting on Klum's limited role as a fashion model. , for example, in 2009 agreed with German designer , who called Klum after she had posed naked on the cover of the German edition of magazine, "no runway model. She is simply too heavy and has too big a bust". Lagerfeld observed that neither he nor knew Klum, as she has never worked in Paris and was insignificant in the world of fashion, being "more bling bling and glamorous than current fashion."


In December 2004, Klum became the host, judge and executive producer of the reality show on the U.S. cable television channel Bravo (airing on Lifetime television beginning in 2009), in which fashion designers compete for the opportunity to show their line at and receive money to launch their own fashion line. She received an nomination for the show for each of the first four seasons. In 2008, Klum and Project Runway received a , the first time a reality show won the award.Klum was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for "outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition show" for Project Runway, the first year that category was recognized by the Emmys.Klum has been the host, judge and co-producer of , the German version of the internationally successful reality television show, since 2006. All twelve seasons aired on the German TV station . In 2013, Klum, along with her co-host won an Emmy Award for .

Design and other business ventures[]

Klum designed clothing lines (one for men), featured in the German mail-order catalog "". She designed shoes for , jewelry for Mouawad, a clothing line for Jordache, and swimsuits – featured in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was one of the designers of the Victoria's Secret lingerie line "The Body", 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 on 14 September 2006, and 14 of the 16 styles sold out after 36 minutes.Klum's clothing line for Jordache launched on 30 April 2008.

Klum in September 2010

Klum has two fragrances, called "Heidi Klum" and "Me". She designed makeup for Victoria's Secret as part of their "Very Sexy Makeup Collection", titled "The Heidi Klum Collection". The first run debuted in Fall 2007. A second run was released in Fall 2008. Klum was involved in the development of a namesake rose, the , which is available in Germany. For the 2008 , Klum designed a screen print T-shirt which was sold at the US Open shop. It featured childlike butterfly pictures. Proceeds will go to a non-profit organization maintaining the park, which is home to the US Open.Klum became 's official ambassador for the doll's 50th anniversary in 2009, even having made a Barbie doll out of herself. On 1 April that same year, she appeared on the television special, , as a girl working at a pizza shop. That same year, she appeared in advertising for Dannon's Light & Fit brand.

Klum and husband Seal announced in June 2010 that they would be making a reality series on titled Love's Divine (after Seal's song of the same name.) In January 2010, Klum launched two lines of maternity wear: Lavish by Heidi Klum for A Pea in the Pod, and Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity. Klum stated, "I experienced fashion challenges during my four pregnancies and combined my knowledge of what works in terms of style, comfort and practicality to create these lines". In October 2010, Klum with , HKNB, launched a line of active woman's wear fashion clothing on In January 2015, Klum launched her lingerie line "Heidi Klum Intimates" in Melbourne, Australia.. She launched her Intimates collection in collaboration with Bendon in March 2015.

Klum is a "Real Celebrity" on the website , where she has a line of virtual jewelry, and a virtual clothing line called Jordache. Users can go to Klum's and interact with her by doing interviews, sending pending requests or dressing Klum's doll. In 2015, she appeared in Australian singer 's music video "", to promote her lingerie line.

In 2017, Klum released the fashion line Heidi & the City for exclusive sale in Lidl Grocery Stores. It was first presented with a show at the New York Fashion Week.

America's Got Talent[]

In March 2013, it was announced that Klum would be joining replacing as a judge. She judges the show alongside , , and .

Other work[]

Klum is an artist, and had several of her paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S. On 27 September 2002 she dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog with Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of 11 September. 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 website. She wrote an essay for the German newspaper .

In November 2006, Klum released her debut single "", written for a series of television advertisements for the German retailer "". Proceeds were given to a children's charity in her hometown of . She contributed to her husband Seal's 2007 album , singing the duet "Wedding Day", a song that Seal wrote for their wedding.

Personal life[]

In 1997, Klum married stylist Ric Pipino. The couple divorced in 2002. In March 2003, Klum began a relationship with , the Italian managing director of team. In December she announced her pregnancy. Soon after, the two split and Klum began dating the musician . Klum gave birth to Helene (Leni) Klum in May 2004 in New York City. Seal was present for Leni's birth, and according to Klum, Briatore is not involved in Leni's life; she has stated emphatically that "Seal is Leni's father."

Klum and Seal got engaged in December 2004 on a glacier in and married on 10 May 2005 on a beach in . They have three biological children together: sons Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (born 2005)[73] and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel (born 2006), and daughter Lou Sulola Samuel (born 2009). On 21 November 2009, Klum officially adopted Seal's surname and became legally known as Heidi Samuel. Soon after, in December 2009, Seal officially adopted Leni, and her last name was changed to Samuel. During their marriage, Klum and Seal renewed their vows to one another each year on their anniversary in front of family and friends. On 22 January 2012, the couple announced that they were separating after almost seven years of marriage. She filed for divorce from Seal three months later on 6 April 2012. She also requested that her name be restored to her birth name of Heidi Klum. Their divorce was finalized on 14 October 2014.

As of May 2018, Klum has made public her relationship with guitarist Tom Kaulitz through Instagram posts and appearances at . The two were first romantically linked in March of the same year.

Bomb threat during GNTM live finale[]

During the live finale of the 10th season of in the on 14 May 2015, a telephone call by a woman came in at 9:07 pm, threatening that a bomb would go off during the live show. The organizer decided to have the hall evacuated and then to call the police. In the meantime, the live broadcast had been canceled and a note was shown to the television viewers, stating that the show had been interrupted due to technical issues. Later on, a man was arrested after he came near Klum, issuing another bomb threat. Thereupon, she was taken to a secret place along with her daughter Leni and the two other judges. A suspicious suitcase was found, which however turned out to be a false alarm.


On 30 April 2011, Klum led Walk for Kids, a community 5k to raise funds as part of Children's Hospital Los Angeles community awareness efforts. In May 2014, Klum was honoured with the Crystal Cross Award by the for her charity work, most notably for her contributions to the Red Cross after .


Awards and nominations[]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result Ref. 2005 Nominated 2006 Nominated 2007 Nominated Best Entertainment Program/Best Host in an Entertainment Program Nominated 2008 Nominated Best Host or Performer of a Game, Reality, or Competition Show Project Runway Nominated Choice TV Personality Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Nominated 2009 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2010 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2011 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2012 Nominated 2013 Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Won 2014 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2015 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2016 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated 2017 Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Nominated Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program Nominated

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