Heidi Klum

Active - 1998 - 2013  |   Born - Jun 1, 1973 in Bergisch-Gladbach, West Germany  |   Genres - Comedy, Sports & Recreation [nf], Comedy Drama, Culture & Society [nf]

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A supermodel with the savvy to create her own empire, Heidi Klum hit gold with a perfect amalgam of high fashion and reality TV. Born in Germany, Klum began modeling when she was just a teenager, after submitting photos to a German modeling agency on a whim. She toured Europe as a model, eventually coming to the United States, where she found even greater success -- cemented by her posing for the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated in 1998. Klum became a spokesmodel for Victoria's Secret, and also began taking some small roles in films, like 2000's Blow Dry. In 2004, she became the executive producer and host of a show on Bravo called Project Runway, in which fashion design hopefuls were presented with a variety of challenges and judged on their talent and ability, facing an elimination in every episode until a winner was crowned. The show was a huge hit, and Klum became even more of brand in and of herself, hosting for many seasons to come.

Klum was married to celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino in 1997, though the couple divorced in 2002. She also had a relationship with Formula One manager Flavio Briatore, and though it did not last, the couple had a daughter together, Helene (aka "Leni"). In 2005, Klum married singer and musician Seal, who Klum raised a family with, but the couple separated in 2012.

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  • Began modeling career in Germany in 1991 by cutting a coupon out of a magazine to enter a contest called Model 92, a competition she ultimately won.
  • Made acting debut on ABC's Spin City in a recurring role as Michael J. Fox's love interest.
  • Portrayed actress Ursula Andress in the 2004 HBO movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
  • Voiced bad-girl scientist Katya Nadanova in the 2004 superspy video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
  • Is a spokesmodel for Victoria's Secret.
  • Carries around a small bag containing her old baby teeth for good luck.