"You should spend your money on some nice lingerie. Big wool cotton pants, that just doesn't work. You have to feel sexy." Heidi Klum
German supermodel Heidi Klum is widely recognized as a regular model for Victoria's Secret and for being in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and calendar. One of the highest paid models in the world and nicknamed The Body, Klum has branched out to acting and appeared in the ABC hit sitcom Spin City and the HBO movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She also played roles in the Miramax films Blow Dry and Ella Enchanted. Host for the MTV's Fashionably Loud Europe and Model Mission shows, Klum recently hosted her own reality TV show, Project Runway, a contest for aspiring fashion designers.
Hazel-eyed, light brown-haired Heidi Klum stands 5' 9 1/2" tall and has 35-24-34 measurements. She was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2001), FHM's (DK) Top 100 Sexiest Women (2004) and Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Celebrities (2003). On a more personal note, she was involved with Renault's Formula 1 owner Flavio Briatore (Italian, born on April 12, 1950, had one daughter with him) and briefly dated Red Hot Chili Peppers' singer Anthony Kiedis. The ex wife of hairstylist Ric Pipino, Klum recently wed British Grammy-winning soul singer Seal on May 10, 2005, and is expecting her second child with him.
Childhood and Family:
In Bergische Gladbach, a small city near Cologne, Germany, Heidi Klum was born on June 1, 1973, to parents who made a living in the fashion industry. Her father Gunther worked for a cosmetics company and her mother Erna was a hairdresser.
In September 1997, Heidi married hairstylist Ric Pipino in Stone Ridge, New York, but they separated in November 2002. On December 23, 2004, she became engaged to British multi-platinum soul singer Seal (real name Sealhenry Samuel, born on February 19, 1963) in a mountain resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The couple exchanged wedding vows in a secret ceremony on a Mexico beach on May 10, 2005.
Mother of a daughter named Leni (after Klum's grandmother, born May 2004, in New York; father: Flavio Briatore), Klum is currently expecting her second child (father Seal) in July 2005.
Heidi Klum, who said she keeps a small bag full of the teeth she lost as a child as a good luck charm, is also an avid painter and has had several of her paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S.
Lighting the Bulb
"Going blonde is like buying yourself a light bulb!" Heidi Klum
Enrolling in the national contest "Model 92" with encouragement of a friend, Heidi Klum eventually won the competition that was organized by Petra magazine and a New York Model agency. She subsequently appeared on a top German television show, the Saturday Show of Gottschalk, and scored a three-year contract with the Metropolitan modeling agency. After graduating from high school, Klum, whose first modeling gigs were for the Petrol catalogue, pursued modeling in Hamburg, Paris and Milan.
In summer 1993, Klum flew to the U.S and headed for New York after working in Miami for a while. Modeling jobs began to roll in, notably for Bonne Bell, Finesse, Gerry Weber, Givenchy's Amarige and INC advertisements. In 1997, Klum walked down the catwalk for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which helped launch her toward supermodel. Afterward, she appeared on such magazine covers as Bride's, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour and Mademoiselle. She also gained international recognition when she became the first German cover girl for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1998.
Heidi Klum tried her hand in acting and appeared on screen in the 1998 feature film 54, playing a V.I.P. patron. She also nabbed the regular role of Michael J. Fox's love interest in the ABC hit sitcom "Spin City" and was spotted as a guest on the series "Sex and the City," "The Weber Show" and "Malcolm in the Middle."
"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." Heidi Klum (on working with Michael J. Fox).
Blow Dry (2001), the Miramax comedy, was Klum's debut movie work. In the film, written by the Full Monty screenwriter and produced by Sydney Pollack, she played Jasmine, an eccentric hairdresser's model, along with Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachael Leigh Cook and Josh Hartnett. Three years later, she was cast as Brumhilda in Ella Enchanted and as Swiss bombshell Ursula Andress in the Peter Sellers biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She also appeared on the 2004 series "Off Topic with Carlos Watson" and hosted her own reality TV show, Project Runway, on the U.S. TV station Bravo. The show was a contest for 12 aspiring fashion designers to win a contract as the clothes designer for Banana Republic. Currently, she is busy filming her upcoming film project Nomad: The Two Worlds. She also has widened her business adventures with her own signature line of sandals, jewelry, and perfume.
More recent, following the publicly of her second pregnancy, Klum reportedly lost a lucrative deal with German fashion house Otto, the world's largest mail-order retailer who featured her fashion designs.
However, she remains the face of numerous promotions in her native Germany, including McDonald's, her Birkenstock shoe, Mouawad jewelry collections, as well as Rosner jeans. She also released her book Body of Knowledge: 5 Rules of Model Behavior in 2004 through Crown Publishing and participated in charity programs for the American Red Cross (as part of their Celebrity Cabinet) and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
"I'm very lucky. As I get a lot of roles 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." Heidi Klum