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’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 including Sante D’Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Rankin, Matthew Ralston, Arthur Elgort, Walter Chin, Robert Erdmann, Marco Glaviano, Michael Thompson, Raymond Meier, Richard Burbridge, Mark Seliger, Wayne Mazur, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.
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, Self, 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) French, British and German Vogue, German Elle, Self, Fitness, Dutch, New Woman and Grazia magazines. Klum has shot campaigns for clients including McDonald’s, Diet Coke (for which she was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative for four years), Volkswagen, LG, H&M, Nike, American Express, Target, Express, Liz Claiborne, Lenscrafters, Siemens, Givenchy, Nine West, INC, Finesse, Braun (for which her legs were insured for over $2 million!) and the prestigious Pirelli calendar. Klum also starred in the infamous Guitar Hero campaign receiving millions of views on YouTube.
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. Klum was featured in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records for donning the most expensive bra – Victoria’s Secrets’ Heavenly Star Bra. She also served as host of the CBS broadcast special of the annual fashion show.
Klum’s acting appearances include Miramax’s Blow Dry and 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,” and a voiceover for The Weinstein Company’s “Hoodwinked Too” as “Heidi, the Yodeler”. She hosted the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS including Clash of the Commercials in 2011 and 2012. She also swam with sharks for an episode for Discovery Channel’s popular “Shark Week” and hosted Lifetime’s “Seriously Funny Kids.” In addition, she appeared as villainess scientist “Katya Nadanova” in the best-selling James Bond 007 videogame, Everything or Nothing. Klum has appeared on over 100 talk shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The View,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Piers Morgan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and more.
As a testament to Klum’s place in pop culture, Mattel created a Barbie in her likeness as part of their Blonde Ambition Collection that celebrated blondes in fashion and entertainment. She is also featured in the iconic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin.
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.
On downtime at shoots, Klum also cultivates her creative talents – sketching ideas for her various collections, as well as crafting new ideas for her ever-developing businesses and interests.