Heidi Klum is a model, television host, producer, and businesswoman of German and American descent. She was the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel and appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1998.
After a successful modeling career, Klum became the host and judge of Germany’s Next Topmodel and the reality show Project Runway, for which she was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 and won in 2013 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (shared with co-host Tim Gunn). Klum has received six Emmy Award nominations.
She has been a spokesmodel for Dannon and H&M and has also starred in advertisements for McDonald’s, Volkswagen, and others. Klum became Barbie’s official ambassador in 2009, the 50th anniversary of Barbie. As a sporadic actress, she appeared in Blow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Perfect Stranger (2007), and Ocean’s 8 as a cameo (2018).
She has also appeared in Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives, and Parks and Recreation, among others. With the exception of 2019, Klum has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent since 2013.
Early life and Exploration of Heidi Klum
Klum was born and reared in Bergisch Gladbach, a West German city close to Cologne. She is the daughter of hairdresser Erna Klum (née Berger) and cosmetics industry executive Günther Klum.
A friend persuaded her to enter the “Model 92” national modeling competition. Thomas Zeumer, CEO of Metropolitan Models New York, awarded Klum a $300,000 modeling contract on April 29, 1992, after she was chosen as the winner from a field of 25,000 contestants.
After winning, she appeared on the German television program Gottschalk Late Night Show, hosted by Thomas Gottschalk. She chose to apply for an apprentice position at a fashion design school after accepting the contract a few months after her graduation.
A Career in Modeling and Performing of Heidi Klum
Klum has graced the covers of French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish Vogue, as well as Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Russian Harper’s Bazaar. She gained widespread recognition after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and for her work as an “Angel” for Victoria’s Secret.
2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows were presented by Klum. The New York Post’s “Page Six” gossip section stated on 1 October 2010 that Klum would be departing Victoria’s Secret, which was later confirmed by Klum.
In addition to collaborating with renowned photographers on her first husband’s Sports Illustrated pictures, she was the subject of many editions of body paintings by Joanne Gair between 1997 and 2010. She penned the foreword to Body Painting, Masterpieces, and Gair’s book on body painting. GQ, Cosmopolitan, Photo, Glamour, Stuff, Joy, Esquire, Max, Men’s Journal, Time, and Shape are among the other magazine covers.
Klum has appeared in commercial campaigns for Pringle of Scotland, Liz Claiborne, and the New York jersey line Kathleen Madden, alongside fellow German supermodels Nadja Auermann, Veruschka von Lehndorff, and Tatjana Patitz. In beauty campaigns, Bobbi Brown, Astor, and Givenchy’s Amarige fragrance are featured.
She also starred in commercial campaigns for designers such as Marc Jacobs and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her runway appearances include multiple Victoria’s Secret Annual Fashion Shows, walking for numerous designers and brands during New York Fashion Week, including Zac Posen (2004), Escada, Vera Wang, Structure, Victor Alfaro, and Imitation Of Christ, and working the catwalk for Philip Treacy at the Brown Thomas International Fashion Show in Dublin.
She worked as a photo model for retailers such as H & M, Ann Taylor, and Peek & Cloppenburg, and since 2007 she has been a celebrity spokesmodel for Jordache.
International tech, food, and internet brands up to the automotive industry requested Klum as their celebrity spokesperson. She produced ad campaigns and TV commercials for Braun epilator, McDonald’s salad, Dannon, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s (Jim Beam Bourbon Burger), the Wix website building program, and, along with her then-husband Seal, the Volkswagen SUV Tiguan.
She has also appeared in various television programs, including Spin City, Sex and the City, Yes, Dear, and How I Met Your Mother. She portrayed an irritable hair model in the film Blow Dry, a giantess in the film Ella Enchanted, and Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. In the films The Devil Wears Prada and Perfect Stranger, she had cameo roles.
Her additional endeavors include dance and video gaming. She plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova in James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, which was released in 2003. She has appeared in various music videos, including Jamiroquai’s “Love Foolosophy” from their album A Funk Odyssey, Kelis’s “Young, Fresh n’ New” from her second 2001 album Wanderland, and most recently Seal’s “Secret” from his 2010 album Seal 6: Commitment.
The second film shows the married pair spending romantic moments while naked in bed; Klum came up with the notion. Forbes ranked Klum third on the list of the 15 highest-earning supermodels in the world in July 2007, after she made $8 million in the preceding 16 months.
Forbes projected Klum’s 2008 income to be $16 million, placing her in the top place. Forbes projected her salary for 2007 to be $14 million. Klum is under contract with IMG Models in New York. In 2008, Klum appeared in a Volkswagen advertisement in which she was interviewed by a black Beetle.
When she said that German engineering is so seductive, the Beetle became scarlet and blushed. She has appeared in various Volkswagen and McDonald’s advertisements on German television.
In two Guitar Hero World Tour advertisements that aired in November 2008, Klum recreated Tom Cruise’s iconic underwear dance moment from Risky Business. In both renditions, she lip-synced to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” while dancing with the wireless guitar controller around the living room.
In October 2009, Klum was the subject of Heidilicious, a photo book by photographer Rankin, in which she often appeared naked. She starred in “SPIKED HEEL: Supermodels Battle the Forces of Evil” on the internet. The model Coco Rocha starred in the online series, which was directed by fashion documentarian Doug Keeve.
In the scenario, Klum, also known as “The Kluminator,” and her fashionable sidekick Coco, “The Sassy Superhero” Rocha, confront the villainous Dr. Faux Pas, who is scheming to destroy Fashion Week. The heroines use anything from blow dryer weapons to fist fights to foil Dr. Faux Pas’ evil schemes.
The Kluminator and Girl Wonder evade a series of fashion mishaps in order to deactivate a death beam that threatens to annihilate the Bryant Park fashionistas. In 2010, Klum became the new face and creative advisor for the European cosmetics brand Astor, for which she designs new products and fashion-forward color palettes and determines the visual direction. After 13 years with the business, Klum ended her relationship with Victoria’s Secret in October 2010.
She gave a straightforward explanation in her formal statement, stating: “Every wonderful thing must come to an end. I will always cherish Victoria and never reveal her confidence. It has been an absolutely incredible time!”
It was claimed in May 2011 that Klum was second on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning models, with estimated earnings of $20 million (2010–2011).
Since finishing her 13-year career as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Klum has become more of an entrepreneur than a model, according to Forbes. She collaborated with New Balance and Amazon.com to establish a clothing line and secured a 20-episode contract to host the new Lifetime show Seriously Funny Kids.
Several renowned fashion designers have long commented on Klum’s restricted role as a model. Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, concurred with German designer Wolfgang Joop in 2009, who branded Klum after she posed naked on the German cover of GQ magazine “no runway model. She is simply too overweight and has a bust that is too large “. Lagerfeld remarked that neither he nor Claudia Schiffer knew Klum, as she had never worked in Paris and was inconsequential in the fashion industry, being “more bling and glamorous than current fashion.”