Heidi Klum was born in Bergisch Gladbach, a small city near Cologne, Germany, in 1973. Her career as a top fashion model and swimsuit star began almost by accident when, on a lark, she submitted photos to a model competition hosted by Petra, a young woman's magazine. Klum won the competition, and signed with Metropolitan, the German modeling agency. After modeling in Europe for a few years to great success, she went to the United States to pursue modeling there, and met with more success, culminating in her relationship with Victoria's Secret. This brought her to the pinnacle of modeling and, in 1998, the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue, cementing her status as one of the world's top models. Along with that came lucrative marketing opportunities, including her own signature lines of sandals, jewelry, and perfume.
Like many other models, most notably Famke Janssen, Klum then sought to parlay her fame into a career in Hollywood. She has appeared frequently on TV in the US and in Germany, and has had several small parts in movies, including a cameo playing Swiss bombshell Ursula Andress in the Peter Sellers biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Klum is married to British singer Seal and, as of June 2005, was expecting a child with him -- she has a daughter, Leni, with a boyfriend from a previous relationship. While she is best known for her beauty and perfect figure (one of her nicknames being "The Body"), the tall and willowy Klum remains surprisingly down-to-earth for a supermodel - a middle-class Westphalian girl from a small city - and has an endearingly goofy, engaging sense of humor. She is famously close to her father, Gunther.
|Seal||(10 May 2005 - present) (filed for divorce) 4 children|
|Ric Pipino||(6 September 1997 - November 2002) (divorced)|
Last name pronounced "Kloom."
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
Spokesmodel of Victoria's Secret.
Voted as #9 on the Top 100 Sexiest Women 2004 in FHM [DK]
She has insured her legs for two million dollars.
Longtime companion is singer Seal; he reportedly treats Heidi's daughter, Leni, like his own child. Klum and Seal became engaged on December 23, 2004, at a mountain resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, and married on a beach in Mexico on May 10, 2005.
Wedding dress was designed by Vera Wang
Keeps a small bag full of the teeth she lost as a child as a good-luck charm.
Has designed collections for Mouawad jewelry and Birkenstock shoes.
Has her own lines of clothing and swimwear.
Has her own line of beauty products.
Named #57 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Named #25 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Has a rose named after her, known as the Heidi Klum rose.
Dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog With Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of 9/11.
Like many people in her hometown of Bergisch-Gladbach, she still enjoys participating at the annual carnival parade.
Named #41 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Parents: Erna (hairdresser) and Gunther (worked in a cosmetics company).
Released her first single "Wonderland," written for a series of television advertisements of retailer Douglas, and reached #13 on the German singles chart (November 2006).
Due to her TV commercials for Katje wine gums, the company's turnover increased by 26.6 million euros in Germany (2005).
Has designed a less expensive line of jewelry for QVC, the Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection. The line is similar to her collection of fine jewelry for Mouawad, both of which feature her signature clover design.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $8 million.
Ranked #33 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
In 2008, she earned $3,800,000 as a model/spokesperson for Victoria's Secret.
In 2008, Forbes reported her income from various interests at $14 million.
Sister-in-law of Tanya Samuel.
On Friday, November 20, 2009, she legally changed her name to Heidi Samuel. Samuel is the surname of her husband, Seal.
Ranked #10 Sexiest Woman in the world by the Spanish version of DT magazine.
Won $250,000 for the "Twin Towers Fund" on a celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2001.
Gave birth to her first child at age 30, a daughter Helene Boshoven Klum on May 4, 2004. Child's biological father is her ex-boyfriend, Flavio Briatore, but she was adopted by her second husband Seal in December 2009, with whom she began relationship before Helene's birth.
Gave birth to her second child at age 32, a son Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel on September 12, 2005. Child's father is her second husband, Seal.
Gave birth to her third child at age 33, a son Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel on November 22, 2006. Child's father is her second husband, Seal.
Gave birth to her fourth child at age 36, a daughter Lou Sulola Samuel on October 9, 2009. Child's father is her second husband, Seal.
Filed for divorce from her second husband Seal after 6 years of marriage and 3 months of separation [April 6, 2012].
Rescued her son, Henry, and two nannies from a dangerous riptide on Oahu on March 31, 2013.
I'm very lucky. As I get a lot of role because of my name as a model and I probably wouldn't have got them without it. You have to make the best of your situation.
Michael J. Fox is a great, sexy, funny, short man. I had so much fun on that show ["Spin City" (1996)]. There was this scene where we were lying in bed together after sex. But instead of having a cigarette, I start yodeling, because I'm German, see? He kept making me laugh, we were cracking up.
Going blonde is like buying yourself a light bulb!
I believe that when you put a smile out there, you get a smile back.
When I came to America, I was really into all the things people eat here. . . . People called me Muffin because I would eat muffins all the time.
Seal and I feel very lucky that we found each other. He's my best friend. He would never go in through a door first. He always opens the door for me and steps back so I walk through.
I'd say I'm a good cook. I have a lot of German recipes that I can make - schnitzel, meatballs and things with cabbage. I love cabbage.
You shouldn't wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.
I've been heartbroken. I've broken hearts. That's part of life, and its part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner.
|"Project Runway" (2004)||$1,350,000/yr. (2007) + $350,000/yr as executive producer|
(2010) Launch of her line of maternity fashion, "Lavish".
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