Heidi Klum (pronounced Kloom) (born June 1, 1973) is a German
supermodel, actress, fashion designer and artist born in Bergisch
Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Klum became known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue and Victoria's Secret catalog. In addition to modeling,
she has appeared in several TV shows, including Spin City and Sex
and the City. She had a role as an ill-tempered hair model in the
movie Blow Dry, played a giantess in the movie version of Ella Enchanted
and was cast as Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
In December of 2004, she became the host of the reality show Project
Runway on the U.S. cable television channel Bravo, 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
In December of 2005, in addition to hosting the second season of
Project Runway, she became the host of Germany's Next Top Model,
the German version of America's Next Top Model, which aired on the
German network Prosieben. The show was a ratings success, but was
not without controversy. German feminist groups encouraged boycotts
of the show after one of the contestants was eliminated after being
told she was "too fat". Several politicians also accused
the show of promoting anorexia and other eating disorders.
Heidi Klum created her own clothing lines (including one for infants)
that were featured in the German mail-order catalog "Otto".
She also has designed shoes for Birkenstock, jewelry for Mouawad,
and swimsuits - featured in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Issue - that, for a limited time, were available for sale through
her personal website. She also produced her own fragrance, called
"Heidi", which is currently available for sale through
her own website. She is an avid painter and has had several of her
paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S. On September
27, 2002 she dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog
With Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in
the aftermath of September 11th. She has also had a rose named after
her, known as the Heidi Klum rose.
Klum has a daughter, Leni, named after Klum's grandmother, who
was born on May 4, 2004. The father is Flavio Briatore, but Klum's
current husband, British musician Seal, is helping her raise the
child. In the earlier stages of their relationship, Klum said Seal
treated Leni as if she were his own child. Klum and Seal were wed
on May 10, 2005, on a beach in Mexico. Klum gave birth to their
son, Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel, in Los Angeles on
September 12, 2005.
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