Heidi Klum Biography
Klum grew up in Bergisch Gladbach, a city near Cologne in West Germany. She is the daughter of hairdresser Erna Klum (née Berger) and cosmetics executive Günther Klum. A friend persuaded her to enter “Model 92,” a national modeling competition. On April 29, 1992, Klum was elected the winner out of 25,000 contestants, and she was offered a modeling contract for $300,000 by Thomas Zeumer, CEO of Metropolitan Models New York. She appeared on the Gottschalk Late Night Show, a German television show hosted by Thomas Gottschalk, after winning. After graduating from high school, she accepted the contract and opted not to apply for an apprentice position at a fashion design school.
Heidi Klum Career
Heidi Klum is a German-American model, TV host, producer, and entrepreneur. She was the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1998. Klum has appeared on the covers of Vogue magazines in France, Germany, Portugal, and Spain, as well as Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Russian Harper’s Bazaar. She rose to prominence after appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working as a “Angel” for Victoria’s Secret. Klum took over as host, judge, and executive producer of the reality show Project Runway on the US cable television channel Bravo (which began airing on Lifetime television in 2009), in which fashion designers compete for the opportunity to show their line at New York Fashion Week and receive money to launch their own fashion line. Klum designed clothing lines (one for men), published in the German mail-order catalog “Otto”. She created Birkenstock shoes, Mouawad jewelry, a Jordache apparel line, and swimsuits that were included in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was one of the designers for the Victoria’s Secret lingerie line “The Body,” which was titled after the moniker she acquired during her first appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Heidi Klum Personal Life
Klum married stylist Ric Pipino in 1997. In 2002, the couple divorced. Klum began dating Flavio Briatore, the Italian general director of Renault’s Formula One team, in March 2003. She announced her pregnancy in December. Soon later, the couple divorced, and Klum began dating musician Seal. Klum gave birth to her daughter Leni in New York City in May 2004. Seal attended Leni’s birth, and according to Klum, Briatore is not involved in Leni’s upbringing; she has declared unequivocally that “Seal is Leni’s father.”
Klum and Seal got engaged in December 2004 on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia, then married on a beach in Mexico on May 10, 2005. They have three biological children together: sons born in September 2005 and November 2006, and a daughter born in October 2009. Klum formally changed her name to Heidi Samuel on November 21, 2009, after officially adopting Seal’s surname.
From 2012 through 2014, Klum dated her bodyguard, Martin Kirsten. In 2014, she began dating art curator Vito Schnabel. After three years of dating, they called it quits in 2017.
Klum made her relationship with Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz public in May 2018 with Instagram posts and performances at the Cannes Film Festival. They first became romantically involved in March of the same year.
Heidi Klum Net Worth
Heidi Klum has an estimated net worth of approximately $160 million.