Heidi Klum (born June 1, 1973) is and has been for many years one of the world's top models. She is many things: a German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress. What she is mostly, though, is one of the world's top celebrities. She is well known in Victoria's Secret circles for having hosted the 2002, 2006-2007, and 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows.
Heidi is from a suburb of Cologne, Germany, named Bergisch Gladbach. She entered modelling after winning the 'Model 92' contest over 25,000 other contestants. This brought her a modelling contract with Metropolitan Models of New York after she graduated from high school.
Unlike almost any other model, it is difficult to know where to begin when discussing the career of Heidi Klum. She has worked with all of the top brands, all of the top photographers, been all over television and in iconic film roles, and built a business empire.
|Heidi Klum @ VSFS 2003|
Saying that Heidi Klum is 'this' or 'that' is almost misleading - she is this, that and the other thing as well. While some publications have from time to time delighted in reporting that she is no longer the highest-paid model - that doesn't figure in in other income. Factoring that in puts Heidi Klum in a financial league of her own.
Since we have to say something about Heidi Klum or the page would be blank, let's list some of her major roles in film and television:
- 'Spin City'
- 'Sex and the City'
- 'Malcolm in the Middle'
- 'CSI: Miami'
- 'Ella Enchanted'
- 'Project Runway'
- 'How I Met Your Mother'
- 'Desperate Housewives'
Heidi also paints - not house painting - and is author ('Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge'). She occasionally pens essays for German websites and newspapers. She is a clothing/shoe/jewelry designer for top brands such as Birkenstock, and even designed some of the Victoria's Secret lingerie 'The Body' line which plays on a well-known nickname for her (which Elle Macpherson had first, and there is a tiny hint of bad blood between the two because of it). Heidi also was a major force behind the 'Project Runway' television show, even getting nominated for Emmys for her hosting chores, and also runs the German version of 'Germany's Next Topmodel,' for which she did win an Emmy in 2013. Naturally, as the pictures on this page show, she is chums with the biggest names in show business.
While Heidi is a major businesswoman with interests in both the United States and Europe, it is important to remember that she made her name as a model, particularly with Victoria's Secret. She was with Victoria's Secret for 13 years, finally parting ways in 2010 for murky reasons. While other models make transient appearances on the 'Hottest Women' lists, Heidi makes the Forbes lists for top-earners. She also is guaranteed a spot on the red carpet pretty much wherever she shows up at any event anywhere in the world.
|Two of these ladies have their legs insured.|
Heidi Klum reportedly has a massive insurance policy on her legs. Supposedly the legs are worth over $2 million. This actually is not as an insane an amount as you might think. Taylor Swift supposedly has her legs insured for $40 million, and Mariah Carey has hers insured for $1 billion. Now, $1 billion is insane for someone who basically is retired, but we digress. Anyway, many things would be covered here, including runway accidents. We all know high heels are hard to walk in. If Heidi were to need a medical visit and surgery due to falling on the catwalk and tearing a ligament in her knees or ankles, this premium covers it. Laser hair removal and any other cosmetic surgeries presumably would be covered as well.
Heidi has been married a couple of times, first to stylist Ric Pipino, then to the musician Seal. She also has a child with Flavio Briatore, who runs the Renault Formula One team, aside from her three children with Seal. Since divorcing Seal in 2012, Heidi has had a succession of relationships and does not appear likely to be slowing down any time soon. Heidi Klum is a force of nature, an unstoppable presence who graces other top celebrities with her presence.