Heidi Klum is a major star in the fashion and entertainment world. Having established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria’s Secret and appearing on the covers of pop-culture mainstays including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Klum’s career has taken many new directions.
Klum is the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series Project Runway. After finishing its sixth season, Project Runway was the highest-rated program on cable. Klum is starting her fourth season on the judging panel of NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. She also hosts Germany’s Next Top Model, which has been a runaway hit in that country for 10 seasons. She has written a lifestyle book, Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior and released a book, Rankin’s Heidilicious featuring some of her favorite photos taken by talented photographer Rankin. Her numerous other ventures include lingerie collections called Heidi Klum Intimates and Heidi by Heidi Klum and campaigns for Diet Coke, Ann Taylor and Dannon.
Klum’s modeling career began in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach, when she won a national model search. After this win, Klum signed with an agency, and her modeling career officially took off. She has since worked with many of the world’s top fashion photographers.
She has been featured in all of the top fashion/beauty and lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, ID, W, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Allure, Lucky, Town & Country, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, Esquire, Forbes, Arena, GQ, British GQ (for which she was named “Woman of the Year” twice in a row) Self and Fitness.
Klum is also well known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. One of her first big breaks as a model was to walk in Victoria’s Secret widely-viewed runway show. Since then, she has completed many campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, being featured prominently in the company’s world-famous catalogs, swim books and fashion shows and has even worn the multi-million dollar jeweled holiday bras. She also served as host of the CBS broadcast special of the annual fashion show.
Klum’s acting appearances include Miramax’s Ella Enchanted, ABC’s Spin City, and guest roles on HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as ‘Ursula Andress,’ How I Met Your Mother, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex and the City, PBS’ Sesame Street. She hosted the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS. Klum has appeared on over 100 talk shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Klum’s charity involvements include work on behalf of such organizations as The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the American Red Cross (as part of its Celebrity Cabinet), God’s Love We Deliver, amfAR and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Klum also appears in PSAs for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Stand Up to Cancer program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.