Heidi Klum (pronounced [ˈhaɪ̯diː ˈklʊm]; born 1 June 1973) is a German-American model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and actress. She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and in 1999 was the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Following a successful modeling career, Klum became the host and a judge of Germany’s Next Topmodel and the reality show Project Runway which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008 and a win in 2013 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (shared with co-host Tim Gunn); Klum has been nominated for six Emmy Awards. She has worked as a spokesmodel for Dannon and H&M, and has appeared in numerous commercials for McDonald’s, Volkswagen and others. In 2009, Klum became Barbie’s official ambassador on Barbie’s 50th anniversary. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in movies including Blow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), and made cameo appearances in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Perfect Stranger (2007). She has also appeared on TV shows including Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives and Parks and Recreation. From 2013 until 2019, Klum has been a judge on the NBC reality show America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions
In May 2011, Forbes magazine estimated Klum’s total earnings for that year as US$20 million. She was ranked second on Forbes’ list of the “World’s Top-Earning Models”. Forbes noted that since ending her 13-year run as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Klum has become more of a businesswoman than a model. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship.
Klum and husband Seal announced in June 2010 that they would be making a reality series on Lifetime titled Love’s Divine (after Seal’s song of the same name.) In January 2010, Klum launched two lines of maternity wear: Lavish by Heidi Klum for A Pea in the Pod, and Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity. Klum stated, “I experienced fashion challenges during my four pregnancies and combined my knowledge of what works in terms of style, comfort and practicality to create these lines”. In October 2010, Klum with New Balance, HKNB, launched a line of active woman’s wear fashion clothing on Amazon.com. In January 2015, Klum launched her lingerie line “Heidi Klum Intimates” in Melbourne, Australia. She launched her Intimates collection in collaboration with Bendon in March 2015.
Klum is a “Real Celebrity” on the website Stardoll, where she has a line of virtual jewelry, and a virtual clothing line called Jordache. Users can go to Klum’s suite (address) and interact with her by doing interviews, sending pending requests or dressing Klum’s doll. In 2015, she appeared in Australian singer Sia’s music video “Fire Meet Gasoline”, to promote her lingerie line.
In 2017, Klum released the fashion line Heidi & the City for exclusive sale in Lidl Grocery Stores. It was first presented with a show at the New York Fashion Week.