Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heidi Klum, 'The Body'


Heidi Klum, Every Model's Idol

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Heidi Klum.

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.

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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.

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This brought her a modelling contract with Metropolitan Models of New York after she graduated from high school.

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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.

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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.

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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:
  • '54'
  • 'Spin City'
  • 'Sex and the City'
  • 'Zoolander'
  • 'Malcolm in the Middle'
  • 'CSI: Miami'
  • 'Ella Enchanted'
  • 'Project Runway'
  • 'How I Met Your Mother'
  • 'Desperate Housewives'
  • 'America's Got Talent'

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Two of these famous 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.

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They're just checking to make sure those insured legs are still there.

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 anytime soon. Heidi Klum is a force of nature, an unstoppable presence who graces other top celebrities with her presence.

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Heidi Klum without makeup in April 2015 (courtesy of Heidi Klum/Instagram).

Heidi Klum is so secure with herself that she willingly has distributed photos of herself without makeup. This is the mark of a true superstar, who is comfortable enough with her position to show the reality behind the glamour and glitz. Adriana Lima, for instance, has distributed similar pictures. Naturally, Heidi Klum is still very attractive without makeup (as is Adriana), but she has a completely different look.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Victoria's Secret Angels!

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Merry Christmas!

Well, deck the Halls! Angels love Christmas, and they want you to love it, too! The Victoria's Secret Angels all around the world are home with their families now, but they all wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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Here they are, in all their Victoria's Secret glory, wishing only the best tidings upon you and only the very best wishes for the entire holiday season!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Karlie Kloss, Powerful Supermodel



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Karlie Kloss.

Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model who has become a celebrity due to her appearances with celebrity friends and for Victoria's Secret. She also is famous these days for being a close chum of Taylor Swift.

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Karlie Kloss out and about with gal pal Taylor Swift.

She has walked in the 2011-2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows and was an Angel during those years - the highest rung of the Victoria's Secret hierarchy.

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Karlie is from Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, where she moved as a child. She is of Danish extraction and has three sisters.

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Karlie studied ballet as a girl at Caston's Ballet Academia - she credits that with helping her learn how to walk the runways - and began modelling as an amateur at a young age.

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Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne.

Karlie was spotted while walking the runway for a local benefit.

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Karlie's first cover was at the age of 14, for Scene Magazine. Elite New York signed her and brought Karlie to New York. She soon migrated to NEXT Model Management (this led to a lawsuit) and ultimate IMG Models. She debuted in 2008 at New York Fashion Week.

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This success immediately led her to more appearances on the runway that season in Milan and Paris, and Karlie was on her way. Aside from working as a highly prestigious contract Angel with Victoria's Secret, her highest profile jobs have been representing Coach, Louis Vuitton and L'Oreal Paris

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Karlie has had many covers, here is a sample from just the United Kingdom and United States:
  • UK: '10 Magazine' - Winter 2008; 'i-D' - Spring/Summer 2011; 'Vogue' - September 2012; 'The Sunday Times Style' - September 23 2012; 'i-D' - Spring 2013; 'The Sunday Times Style' - May 19 2013
  • US: 'Glitterati Magazine' - November/December 2007; 'Teen Vogue' - February 2008; 'Vogue' - September 2009; 'Teen Vogue' - May 2010; 'W' - July 2012
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Karlie has a distinctive runway walk that has been called 'moody' and 'powerful.' Her list of brands is impressive, spanning Jean Paul Gaultier to Victoria's Secret PINK. She is good friends with Taylor Swift, who supposedly has a bedroom decorated with Karlie's photos at her place where Karlie can crash, and the tabloids are often full of the pair walking hand in hand through city streets. Karlie is much taller than Taylor, but when she wears flats and Taylor wears heels they are almost the same height. Karlie also hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show.

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Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift on the cover of the March 2015 Vogue.

Karlie and Taylor Swift cemented their relationship with some work together.  Karlie was "Knockout" in Taylor's May 2015 music video for the single "Bad Blood." Karlie also appeared in the music video for Chic's "I'll Be There."

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Karlie Kloss with Youtube star Casey Neistat.

Karlie is good friends with Youtube star Casey Neistat, who helped Karlie establish her own successful presence, Klossy, on Youtube.

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Karlie is the godmother of fellow model Jourdan Dunn's son.

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Karlie participates in various philanthropic efforts, including The UN's FEED Projects, an effort begun by Lauren Bush.


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Karlie's current status with Victoria's Secret is unclear. After leaving the brand in 2014 presumably to study at NYU, Karlie also missed the 2015 show - due to her studies, natch. Now, I have never been a Victoria's Secret Model, but I do know something about university people - and I can bet you that they would have advised her to stay a Victoria's Secret Angel rather than suddenly enroll in some school. But, be that is it may, that how the story goes. I'm not necessarily saying this was just a story....

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Karlie then ostentiously (she issued a statement on her Instagram) skipped the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion show due to "work obligation" - a curious reason, as most models would kill for the opportunity to walk in the annual show, and the 2016 one was the first held in fashion capital Paris.

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It's interesting that Taylor Swift has not been back at the Victoria's Secret show since 2014, either.

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No longer an Angel, Karlie would have to compete to earn a spot in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, walking past the judges along with all the other hopefuls. The big show represents a huge time commitment, something that may make it inconvenient for Karlie these days.

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Karlie Kloss in Kaufman Franco with Joan Smalls in Julien Macdonald after the Fall 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

In any event, never fear: Karlie Kloss is not hurting for work. She currently is the face of Swarovski, replacing Miranda Kerr. It doesn't sound like that study at NYU would have done much to help her get that job....

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Models Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss at the Polo Ralph Lauren fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Cherry Hill in Central Park on September 8, 2014 in New York City.
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