Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Infobox Model
name= Heidi Klum

caption=Heidi Klum at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008.
birthdate= birth date and age|mf=yes|1973|6|1
location= Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
height= height|m=1.76
haircolor= Blonde (coloured; naturally hazel)
eyecolour= Hazel
measurements = 35-24.5-35.5 (US); 89-62-90 (EU)
weight= convert|57|kg|lb st|abbr=on (formely convert|54|kg|lb st|abbr=on)
size= 4-6 (US); 34-36 (EU)
homepage= http://www.heidiklum.com
spouse =
Seal (2005 - present)

Heidi Klum (pronounced|ˈklʊm; born June 1, 1973 [cite web|url=http://www.heidiklum.com/en/Formerly.aspx|title=Heidi Klum|accessdate=2007-08-28|publisher=heidiklum.com|quote=1. June 1973: My birthday in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.] ) is a German model, actress, TV presenter, fashion designer, television producer and occasional singer. She is also the Emmy Award-nominated 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 grandparents, Günther P.(a cosmetics company executive) and Erna (a hairdresser) [cite web|url=http://www.celebratedliving.com/tabid/2978/tabidext/2980/default.aspx|title=Mark Seal|accessdate=2007-09-25|publisher=Celebrated Living Magazine|quote=She says she tried out as a joke. 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. ] 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." [cite web|url=http://www.heidiklum.com/en/Formerly.aspx|title=Heidi Klum|accessdate=2007-09-25|publisher=heidiklum.com|quote=Winter] Out of 25,000 contestants, Klum was voted the winner on April 29, 1992 and was offered a modeling contract worth US$300,000. [cite web|url=http://www.heidiklum.com/en/April_92.aspx|title=Heidi Klum|accessdate=2007-09-25|publisher=heidiklum.com|quote=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 15, 1992. One week later, I became the 'winner of the month.' The final competition took place on April 29. 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.] 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. [cite web|url=http://www.heidiklum.com/en/Formerly.aspx|title=Heidi Klum|accessdate=2007-09-25|publisher=heidiklum.com|quote=Summer 1992I stop studying to be a fashion designer and instead, decide to pursue a career as a model]

Acting and Modelling

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. [cite web |url=http://www.michaelgraeter.de/Amerikas_Superstar_50_Cent_bei_Saadi_Gaddafi_640.html |title=Amerikas Superstar "50 Cent" bei Saadi Gaddafi |accessdate=2008-01-17 |format= |work= ] 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 several editions from 1999 to 2006. [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2006_swimsuit/painting/|title=Swimsuit: Body Painting|accessdate=2008-02-18|publisher=CNN/Sports Illustrated] [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/swimsuit/collection/issues/1999/99_hklum_09_bycategory.html|title=SI Swimsuit Collection: Heidi Klum|accessdate=2008-02-18|publisher=Time Inc.] [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/swimsuit/collection/issues/1999/99_hklum_10_bycategory.html|title=SI Swimsuit Collection: Heidi Klum|accessdate=2008-02-18|publisher=Time Inc.] [cite web|url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/swimsuit/collection/issues/1999/99_hklum_01_bycategory.html|title=SI Swimsuit Collection: Heidi Klum|accessdate=2008-02-18|publisher=Time Inc.] She wrote the foreword to Gair's most recent book of body paint work. [cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Body-Painting-Masterpieces-Joanne-Gair/dp/0789315092/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203362290&sr=8-1|publisher=Amazon.com, Inc.|title=Body Painting: Masterpieces by Joanne Gair (Hardcover)|accessdate=2008-02-18] She has been a spokesmodel for McDonald's, Braun, H & M, and Liz Claiborne, among others. She is currently a celebrity spokesmodel for Jordache [cite web|url=http://in.news.yahoo.com/070519/139/6fzul.html|title=Heidi Klum is the new face of Jordache|accessdate=2007-08-25|date=2007-05-19|publisher=Yahoo! News] 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".

Her measurements are 35-24.5-35.5, but it will be often given as 34-24-34 to fit the ideal measurements of a today's fashion model.

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. [cite web|url=http://www.forbes.com/media/2007/07/19/models-media-bundchen-biz-media-cz_kb_0716topmodels.html
title=The World's Top-Earning Models|accessdate=2007-08-25|author=Kiri Blakely|date=2007-07-16|publisher=Forbes
] 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 Bündchen ($35 million). [cite web|url=http://www.forbes.com/media/2008/04/30/models-bundchen-klum-biz-media-cz_kb_0430topmodels.html
title=The World's Top-Earning Models|accessdate=2008-05-02|author=Kiri Blakely|date=2008-04-30|publisher=Forbes
] Klum is signed to IMG Models in New York City.

"Project Runway"

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 four seasons. [cite web|url=http://www.usmagazine.com/heidi_klum_1|title=Heidi Klum Celebrates Emmy Nom|accessdate=2007-08-25|date=2007-07-19|publisher=US Weekly] cite web|url=http://tvdecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/emmy-nominations-they-give-awards-to-reality-shows/|title=Emmy Nominations: They Give Awards to Reality Shows? (Just Kidding, ‘The Amazing Race’ Is Outstanding)|date=2008-07-17|publisher=The New York Times] In 2008, Klum and Project Runway received a Peabody Award, the first time a reality show had won the award. [cite web|url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/20080402/en_tv_eo/68f33aa3_e8f74be0_9cc3_4cc929da3dcb|title=Report, Rock, Runway Get Peabody'd |accessdate=2008-04-04|date=2008-04-02|publisher=Yahoo! News] Klum herself 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.

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. [cite web|url=http://www.backchannelmedia.com/newsletter/articles/4442/Luck-Was-a-Lady-Last-Night-The-Heidi-Klum-Jewelry-Collection-a-Run-way-Hit-on-QVC
title=Luck Was a Lady Last Night: The Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection a Run-way Hit on QVC|accessdate=2007-08-25|date=2006-09-18|publisher=backchannelmedia.com
] A second line of her jewelry collection debuted on QVC on April 14, 2007, with similar success. [ [http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070412/LIVING/704120415/1007/LIVING] Dead link|date=February 2008] Klum's clothing line for Jordache launched on April 30, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.dailystab.com/heidi-klum-launches-her-jordache-line|title=Heidi Klum Launches Her Jordache Line|accessdate=2008-05-02|date=2008-05-01|publisher=The Daily Stab]

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, [cite web|url=http://www.heidi-klum-rose.de/|title=Heidi Klum Rose|accessdate=2007-08-25] [ [http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/pl.php?n=48497 Plant: Heidi Klum Rose ® ] ] which is available in Germany.

For the 2008 US Open, Klum designed a screen print tshirt which was sold at the US Open shop. It featured child-like butterfly pictures and retailed at $40. Proceeds from the design are set to go to Unisphere, a non-profit organization which maintains Flushing Meadows-Corona park, home to the US Open. [http://www.sassybella.com/index.php/2008/08/24/heidi-klum-designs-a-butterfly-t-shirt-for-the-us-open/]

"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 winner from the third cycle was Jennifer Hof in the year of 2008. All three seasons aired very successfully on the German TV station Pro7.


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. [cite web|url=http://celebritydogwatcher.com/?p=1749|title=Heidi Klum and her dog Shila|date=2007-03-30|publisher=celebritydogwatcher.com]

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". [cite web|url=http://www.zeit.de/2004/49/Traum_2fKlum_49|title=Ich habe einen Traum|accessdate=2007-10-03|publisher=Die Zeit]

Her other projects have included music and video games. She is featured in the 2004 James Bond video game "", where she plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova. [cite web|url=http://cube.ign.com/articles/498/498688p1.html|title=Interview with Heidi Klum|accessdate=2007-08-25|author=IGN Staff|date=2004-03-12|publisher=IGN] 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. [ [http://www.express.de/servlet/Satellite?pagename=XP/index&pageid=1004976768169&rubrik=221&artikelid=1171013976426 Kinderdorf Bethanien - Kinder singen: „Danke, Heidi!“ - EXPRESS online - Promi & Show:] Dead link|date=February 2008] She also contributed to her husband Seal's 2007 album "System", singing the duet "Wedding Day", a song that Seal wrote for their wedding. [ [http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/klum%20i%20felt%20intimidated%20singing%20with%20seal_1048329 HEIDI KLUM - KLUM: 'I FELT INTIMIDATED SINGING WITH SEAL'] ]

In 2008, Klum was a featured guest on an American 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. She also has been a part of several commercials for Volkswagen and McDonald's on German television.

Personal life

Klum married stylist Ric Pipino in 1997; the couple divorced in 2002. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/celebwatch/celebwatch.htm?csp=34 Celeb Watch: Jeffrey Tambor's on course] ] Following the divorce, she had brief relationships with Red Hot Chili 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 jewelry heiress. [cite web|url=http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article2549876.ece|title=Heidi Klum: A supermodel with a sense of humour|accessdate=2007-12-04|author=Guy Adams|date=2007-05-20|publisher=The Independent] Klum and Briatore split up shortly thereafter. Klum gave birth to Helene "Leni" Klum on May 4, 2004 in New York City, New York. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,633063,00.html Klum, Dixie Chick Welcome 3 Baby Girls] ]

In early 2004, while still pregnant, Heidi began a relationship with musician Seal. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1039808,00.html Heidi Klum: Seal and I Have Not Married] ] 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 [cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1103758,00.html?cid=redirect-articles/|title=Klum Names Son After Her Dad and Seal|accessdate=2007-08-25|date=2005-09-14|publisher=People magazine] and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel born November 22, 2006 in Los Angeles. [cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1542119,00.html|title=Heidi Klum and Seal Have a Boy|accessdate=2007-08-25|author=Stephen M. Silverman|date=2006-11-23|publisher=People magazine] According to Klum, Flavio Briatore is not involved in Leni's life, and she has stated emphatically that "Seal is Leni's father." [citeweb|url=http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/celebwatch/2007-12-09-heidi-klum_N.htm|title=Celeb Watch: Heidi Klum relishes her model family life|accessdate=2007-12-04|author=William Keck|date=2007-12-03|publisher=USA Today]

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'." [cite web|url=http://www.life.com/Life/article/0,26385,1224195,00.html|title=Heidi Klum Life.com]


In December 2007, Klum was sued by jewellery maker Van Cleef & Arpels for allegedly misappropriating a clover design for her own line. [http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=cee8e05d-b7aa-4816-91d1-ec9eaf52908f&sid=fd-hot2-txt]


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", "", "How I Met Your Mother" and "Yes, Dear" as well as the movie, "The Devil Wears Prada".


External links

* [http://www.heidiklum.com Official Website]
*imdb name|id=0005099|name=Heidi Klum
*fashionmodel|id=Heidi_Klum|name=Heidi Klum
* [http://heidiklum.ewestpost.com/ Interview with "Der Spiegel", February 12, 2006]
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/2006_swimsuit/painting/ Heidi Klum Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Photo Gallery at SI.com]
* [http://www.conversationswithcarlos.com/showclips.htm#ENTERTAINMENT|Heidi_Seal Heidi Klum Pregnant but not with his Child]
* [http://books.aol.com/feature/_a/interview-heidi-klum-body-of-knowledge/20060710102209990001 AOL Books Interview about the book "Body of Knowledge"]
* [http://www.express.de/servlet/Satellite?pagename=XP/index&pageid=1004976768169&rubrik=221&artikelid=1171013976426 Express.de article (in German)]
* [http://www.stylepointer.com/index.php/trends/207-HeidiKlum Heidi Klum's latest styles]

NAME = Klum, Heidi
DATE OF BIRTH = June 1, 1973
PLACE OF BIRTH = Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westfalia, West Germany

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