Heidi Klum Biography


Date of Birth
1 June 1973
The Body
176 cm


Heidi Klum was born in Bergisch Gladbach, a small city near Cologne, Germany, in 1973. Her career as a top fashion model and swimsuit star began almost by accident when, on a lark, she submitted photos to a model competition hosted by Petra, a young woman's magazine. Klum won the competition, and signed with Metropolitan, the German modeling agency. After modeling in Europe for a few years to great success, she went to the United States to pursue modeling there, and met with more success, culminating in her relationship with Victoria's Secret. This brought her to the pinnacle of modeling and, in 1998, the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue, cementing her status as one of the world's top models. Along with that came lucrative marketing opportunities, including her own signature lines of sandals, jewelry, and perfume.

Like many other models, most notably 'Famke Janssen' , Klum then sought to parlay her fame into a career in Hollywood. She has appeared frequently on TV in the US and in Germany, and has had several small parts in movies, including a cameo playing Swiss bombshell 'Ursula Andress'

in the 'Peter Sellers '

biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) . Klum is married to British singer 'Seal'

and, as of June 2005, was expecting a child with him -- she has a daughter, Leni, with a boyfriend from a previous relationship. While she is best known for her beauty and perfect figure (one of her nicknames being "The Body"), the tall and willowy Klum remains surprisingly down-to-earth for a supermodel - a middle-class Westphalian girl from a small city - and has an endearingly goofy, engaging sense of humor. She is famously close to her father, Gunther.


'Ric Pipino' (6 September 1997 - November 2002) (divorced)

'Seal' (10 May 2005 - 17 November 2016) (divorced); 4 children


Last name pronounced "Kloom."

Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.

Spokesmodel of Victoria's Secret.

Voted as #9 on the Top 100 Sexiest Women 2004 in FHM [DK]

She has insured her legs for two million dollars.

Longtime companion is singer 'Seal' ; he reportedly treats Heidi's daughter, Leni, like his own child. Klum and Seal became engaged on December 23, 2004, at a mountain resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, and married on a beach in Mexico on May 10, 2005.

Wedding dress was designed by 'Vera Wang'

Keeps a small bag full of the teeth she lost as a child as a good-luck charm.

Has designed collections for Mouawad jewelry and Birkenstock shoes.

Has her own lines of clothing and swimwear.

Has her own line of beauty products.

Named #57 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Named #25 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)

Has a rose named after her, known as the Heidi Klum rose.

Dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog With Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of 9/11.

Like many people in her hometown of Bergisch-Gladbach, she still enjoys participating at the annual carnival parade.

Named #41 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).

Parents: Erna (hairdresser) and Gunther (worked in a cosmetics company).

Released her first single "Wonderland," written for a series of television advertisements of retailer Douglas, and reached #13 on the German singles chart (November 2006).

Due to her TV commercials for Katje wine gums, the company's turnover increased by 26.6 million euros in Germany (2005).

Has designed a less expensive line of jewelry for QVC, the Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection. The line is similar to her collection of fine jewelry for Mouawad, both of which feature her signature clover design.

Said on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986) that she got to know 'Seal' in a New York hotel after he had trained in a gym and immediately felt in love with him.

In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $8 million.

Ranked #33 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

In 2008, she earned $3,800,000 as a model/spokesperson for Victoria's Secret.

In 2008, Forbes reported her income from various interests at $14 million.

Sister-in-law of 'Tanya Samuel' .

On Friday, November 20, 2009, she legally changed her name to Heidi Samuel. Samuel is the surname of her husband, 'Seal' .

Ranked #10 Sexiest Woman in the world by the Spanish version of DT magazine.

Won $250,000 for the "Twin Towers Fund" on a celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2001.

Filed for divorce from her second husband 'Seal' after 6 years of marriage and 3 months of separation [April 6, 2012].

Rescued her son, Henry, and two nannies from a dangerous riptide on Oahu on March 31, 2013.

(2010) Launch of her line of maternity fashion, "Lavish".

In 2008, she became an American citizen.

Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 33, a son Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel on November 22, 2006. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband, 'Seal' .

Gave birth to her 4th child at age 36, a daughter Lou Sulola Samuel on October 9, 2009. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband, 'Seal' .

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 32, a son Henry Gunther Ademola Dashtu Samuel on September 12, 2005. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband, 'Seal' .

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a daughter Helene Boshoven Klum on May 4, 2004. Child's biological father is her ex-boyfriend, 'Flavio Briatore' , but she was adopted by her then 2nd husband 'Seal' in December 2009, with whom she began relationship when she was pregnant with Helene.


I'm very lucky. As I get a lot of role because of my name as a model and I probably wouldn't have got them without it. You have to make the best of your situation.

'Michael J. Fox ' is a great, sexy, funny, short man. I had so much fun on that show ["Spin City" (1996) ]. There was this scene where we were lying in bed together after sex. But instead of having a cigarette, I start yodeling, because I'm German, see? He kept making me laugh, we were cracking up.

Going blonde is like buying yourself a light bulb!

I believe that when you put a smile out there, you get a smile back.

When I came to America, I was really into all the things people eat here. . . . People called me Muffin because I would eat muffins all the time.

Seal and I feel very lucky that we found each other. He's my best friend. He would never go in through a door first. He always opens the door for me and steps back so I walk through.

I'd say I'm a good cook. I have a lot of German recipes that I can make - schnitzel, meatballs and things with cabbage. I love cabbage.

You shouldn't wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.

I've been heartbroken. I've broken hearts. That's part of life, and its part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner.

Would it be nice if my skin and body still looked the way it did when I was 25? Sure. But the fact is, your body changes when you have children; you get wrinkles as you get older. I like that I have laugh lines from smiling too much.


"Project Runway" (2004)
$1,350,000/yr. (2007) + $350,000/yr as executive producer


"Self" (USA), December 2010, pg. 34-36, by: Erin Bried, "Project happy, healthy life"

"TV Guide" (USA), 15 September 2008, Vol. 57, Iss. 36, pg. 18-19, by: Rob Edelstein, "The Emmys Get Real!!"

"TV Guide" (USA), 16 January 2006, Vol. 54, Iss. 3, pg. 71, by: Damian J. Holbrook, "Q&A: Heidi Klum"

"Vimadonna" (Greece), 31 October 2004, Iss. 32, pg. 306, by: Kaliopi Pappa, "D-lista"

"Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 21 November 2003, Vol. 1, Iss. 738, pg. 96, by: Dan Snierson, "Stupid Questions"

"Glamour" (UK), August 2002, Iss. 17, pg. 102-103+105-106, by: Chrissy Iley, "Of course I'm a control freak - I'm German"

"ES Magazine" (UK), 14 June 2002, pg. 12-14, by: Selina Smith, "And they said I was too big to be a model"

"Mademoiselle" (USA), September 2001, pg. 130+132, by: Suzan Colon, "Heidi's Secrets"

"TV Spielfilm" (Germany), 28 July 2001, pg. 227, by: Susanne Sturm, "...blondierte Möchtegern-Marilyn"

"Cosmopolitan" (USA), November 1999, Vol. 227, Iss. 5, pg. 24, "What's Happening With Heidi "

"GQ" (Germany), December 1998, pg. 7+107-113, by: Michael Kneissler, "... und natürlich Deutschlands neues Sex-Symbol ... Heidi Klum!"

"Cosmopolitan" (USA), November 1998, Vol. 225, Iss. 5, pg. 22, "Heidi in the Pink"


"The Times Magazine" (UK), 2 May 2015, pg. 32-33, 35, 37, 48-49, by: Shane Watson (words) Rankin (portraits), "Heidi Klum"

"TV Guide" (USA), 18 July 2011, Vol. 59, Iss. 30, pg. 64, by: Bruce Fretts, "Born to Runway"

"TV Guide" (USA), 24 January 2011, Vol. 59, Iss. 5, pg. 66, by: Joseph Hudak, "Klum's Kids"

"Chicago Tribune" (USA), 31 January 2009, by: Anonymous, "Heidi Klum Adds Her Voice to Those Supporting Curvier Jessica Simpson"

"The Sydney Morning Herald" (Australia), 2 December 2008, by: Stuff.co.nz, "Toothsome Heidi Klum Shocks TV host"

"TV Guide" (USA), 20 October 2008, Vol. 56, Iss. 42, pg. 14, by: n/a, "Hedi's New Ad Campaign"

"Contra Costa Times" (USA), 13 October 2008, by: Matea Gold, "Heidi Klum Chats About 'Project Runway,' Future and Past"

"Parade" (USA), 7 September 2008, pg. 22, by: James Brady, "In Step With: Heidi Klum"

"TVFilm" (Netherlands), 29 March 2008, Iss. 7, pg. 2, by: TVFilm, "Heidi Klum"

"Woman's World" (USA), 11 July 2006, Vol. 27, Iss. 28, pg. 9, by: Heidi Klum, "Ask America's Ultimate Experts"

"Quick & Simple" (USA), 4 April 2006, pg. 7, by: David Kirsch, "Celeb Shape-Up Secrets"

"Het Nieuwsblad Jongerenkrant" (Belgium), 12 May 2005, pg. 37, by: ES, "In de kijker"

"The New York Observer" (USA), 14 February 2005, Vol. 19, Iss. 6, pg. 1+17, by: Sara Vilkomerson, "Heidi Klum, Inc.: Oh, Can That Fraulein Manage!: 31-Year-Old Supermodel Got Work Ethic From Herr Klum, Her Body From Valhalla; Seal's Strudel Makes Project Runaway Hit--Auf Wiedersehen!"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), February 2004, Iss. Winter, pg. 180, by: Albert Chen, "Apres Beach, Where?"

"TV Guide" (USA), 16 November 2002, Vol. 50, Iss. 46, pg. 20-26, by: Michael Gross, "The Secret of Their Sex-ess"

"FHM" (New Zealand/Australia), May 2002, pg. 86-91, by: Christian Kallenberg & Thomas Anders, "Treasure chest"

"Movieline" (USa), September 2000, Vol. XII, Iss. 1, pg. 54-55, by: Martha Frankel, "The Heidi Chronicle"

"Out of limits" (Greece), June 1999, Iss. 39, pg. 12,13, by: Alexandros Devilis, "Se ligo oli tha theloun na tin vlepoun"

"Maxim" (USA), December 1998, Vol. 2, Iss. 10, pg. 148, by: J.D. Heiman, "Screen Savers"


"ditjes en datjes" (Netherlands), July 2012, pg. 1, by: Schwarzkopf, "Schwarzkopf"

"TVFilm" (Netherlands), 21 November 2009, Iss. 24, by: REX/HH, "Heidi's geheimen"

"Spits" (Netherlands), 14 October 2009, by: EPA, "Project Runway wordt computerspel"

"Playboy" (USA), February 2009, Vol. 56, Iss. 2, pg. 49, by: staff, "The Year In Sex"

"Hustler" (USA), April 2008, Vol. 34, Iss. 11, pg. 104, by: n/a, "Famous Flesh: Heidi Klum Sexy Pussy"

"TVFilm" (Netherlands), 29 March 2008, Iss. 7, pg. 2, "Heidi Klum (21 pictures)"

"TVFilm" (Netherlands), 15 March 2008, Iss. 6, "TVFilm nu te koop"

"Playboy" (USA), March 2008, Vol. 55, Iss. 3, pg. 141, by: Kevin Mazur, "Grapevine: Auf Wiedersehen"

"Playboy" (USA), January 2007, Vol. 54, Iss. 1, pg. 122, by: staff, "The Year in Sex"

"Stuff" (USA), October 2006, Iss. 83, pg. 16-17, by: n/a, "The Hit List: 03 Heidi Klum"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), 17 February 2006, Vol. 104, Iss. 7, pg. 71-73+74-75+76-77+78-79, by: Joanne Gair, "Pinup Dream"

"Playboy" (USA), March 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 3, pg. 81, by: staff, "Playboy's 25 Sexiest Celebrities"

"Playboy" (USA), February 2005, Vol. 52, Iss. 2, pg. 160, by: Wenn / Landov, "Grapevine: Klum With a View"

"Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2005, Iss. 37, pg. 64-67, by: staff, "Seal'd With a Kid : Heidi Klum"

"Playboy" (USA), March 2004, Vol. 51, Iss. 3, pg. 168, by: Dimetrios Kambouris, "Grapevine"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), February 2004, Iss. Winter, pg. 178-179, by: Walter Iooss Jr, "Sports Illustrated 40th Anniversary Hall of Fame"

"Sports Illustrated: Ultimate Swimsuit" (USA), 5 November 2002, pg. 1-2+82+108+116

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), Winter 2002, Vol. -, Iss. -, pg. 118-119+126+129+134+138+140-141+212, by: Stewart Shining, "Argentina + Material Excess"

"Celebrity Skin" (USA), November 2001, Vol. 23, Iss. 100, pg. 74, "100 Sexiest Celebrities Of All Time Nude! #42 : Rhymes With "Va-Voom""

"Mademoiselle" (USA), September 2001, pg. 130-133, by: Robert Erdmann, "Heidi's Secrets"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), 23 February 2001, Vol. -, Iss. -, pg. 70-71+74-75+80+83+106-109+204-205+206+208+211, by: -, "Goddeses of the Mediterranean"

"Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2001, Vol. 14, Iss. 3, pg. 74-77, by: staff, "The 25 Sexiest Women of 2001: # 6 Heidi Klum"

"Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2001, Vol. 14, Iss. 7, pg. 46-49, "Heidi Klum"

"Talk" (USA), September 2000, Vol. 2, Iss. 1, pg. 148-155, by: Oliviero Toscani, "Who Wants To Look Like A Millionaire?"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), 25 February 2000, Vol. -, Iss. -, pg. 34-35+40-41+50+53+93+98+109+124-125+139, by: Robert Erdmann, Heinz Kluetmeier & David E. Klutho, "Snake In The Garden + Depth Charges + Model Behavior"

"Cosmopolitan" (Hungary), January 2000, pg. 81, by: Patrick Demarchelier, "Az ezredvég legszexibb modelljei"

"Maxim's Book of Big Pictures" (USA), 2000, pg. 77 + 83, by: staff, "Klum Hither"

"American Photo" (USA), July 1999

"Playboy" (USA), July 1999, Vol. 46, Iss. 7, pg. 172, by: Peter Kramer, "Grapevine: Tweak Those Cheeks"

"GQ" (USA), June 1999

"Vogue" (USA), May 1999

"GQ" (USA), January 1999, Vol. 69, Iss. 1, pg. 98-113, by: Robert Erdmann, "Heidi Aphrodite/Fantasy Island"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), Winter 1999, Vol. -, Iss. -, pg. 46-47, 50, 55, 69, 70-71, by: -, "Swimsuit issue"

"Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1999, Vol. 12, Iss. 9, pg. 4-7, by: staff, "Comedy IS Pretty: Spin City"

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), Winter 1998, Vol. 88, Iss. 7, pg. 112-115+118-121+124-125, by: Robert Erdmann, "Maldives"

Magazine Cover Photo

"Country & Town House" (UK), August 2016

"The Times Magazine" (UK), 2 May 2015

"Self" (USA), December 2010

"Redbook" (USA), June 2010

"Cosmopolitan" (USA), May 2010

"TV 14" (Germany), March 2010, Iss. 7

"TV Digital" (Germany), 22 January 2010, Iss. 3

"TV 14" (Germany), November 2009, Iss. 24

"Ladies Home Journal" (USA), April 2009

"TV Digital" (Germany), 20 February 2009, Iss. 5

"New Beauty" (USA), 2009, Iss. Summer

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2008, Iss. 26

"In Style" (USA), December 2008

"TV direkt" (Germany), May 2008, Iss. 11

"TVFilm" (Netherlands), 29 March 2008, Iss. 7

"TV 14" (Germany), March 2008, Iss. 6

"Celebrity" (Germany), January 2008

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2007, Iss. 26

"Arena" (UK), September 2007

"TV 14" (Germany), February 2007, Iss. 5

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2006, Iss. 26

"Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 1 September 2006, Vol. 1, Iss. 894

"TV 14" (Germany), August 2006, Iss. 17

"TV Guide" (USA), 10 July 2006, Vol. 54, Iss. 28

"C California Style Magazine" (USA), June 2006

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2005, Iss. 26

"TV 14" (Germany), February 2005, Iss. 3

"Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2005, Iss. 37

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2004, Iss. 27

"GQ" (UK), October 2004

"TV 14" (Germany), July 2004, Iss. 16

"TV 14" (Germany), March 2004, Iss. 6

"TV 14" (Germany), December 2003, Iss. 1

"Woman" (Germany), November 2003, Iss. 11/2003

"Max" (Germany), November 2003, Iss. 11/2003

"TV Spielfilm" (Germany), 18 October 2003, Iss. 22/2003

"GQ" (Germany), August 2003

"American Photo" (USA), May 2003

"GQ" (UK), March 2003

"TV Guide" (USA), 16 November 2002, Vol. 5, Iss. 46

"Shape" (USA), October 2002, Vol. 22, Iss. 2

"Shape" (USA), October 2002

"GQ" (USA), September 2002

"GQ" (Germany), August 2002, Iss. 8

"GQ" (Spain), July 2002, Iss. 69

"ES Magazine" (UK), 14 June 2002

"Photo" (Italy), June 2002

"FHM" (New Zealand/Australia), May 2002

"GQ" (UK), January 2002

"TV Spielfilm" (Germany), 29 December 2001, Iss. 1/02

"Mademoiselle" (USA), September 2001

"Esquire" (USA), June 2001

"Glamour" (USA), April 2001

"Marie Claire" (France), September 2000

"Red" (UK), September 2000

"Fit" (USA), February 2000

"TV Hören und Sehen" (Germany), January 2000, Iss. 1

"Cosmopolitan" (USA), November 1999

"T.V. Today" (Germany), 25 September 1999

"Travel & Leisure Golf" (USA), September 1999

"Mademoiselle" (USA), September 1999

"Tomorrow" (Germany), August 1999

"L'Officiel" (France), August 1999, Iss. 837

"Starbene" (Italy), August 1999

"L'Officiel" (France), August 1999

"GQ" (Germany), July 1999

"American Photo" (USA), July 1999, Vol. 10, Iss. 4

"Self" (USA), June 1999

"Max" (Italy), May 1999

"Glamour" (USA), March 1999

"GQ" (Spain), March 1999, Iss. 32

"Glamour" (USA), January 1999

"GQ" (USA), January 1999, Vol. 69, Iss. 1

"Stuff" (USA), 1999, Vol. 1, Iss. 1

"GQ" (Germany), December 1998

"Cosmopolitan" (USA), November 1998

"Self" (USA), September 1998

"Joy" (Germany), June 1998

"Self" (USA), April 1998

"Sports Illustrated" (USA), February 1998

"Self" (USA), January 1998

"Self" (USA), September 1997

"Brides" (USA), January 1996

"Brides" (USA), July 1994

Other Works

(2002): Appeared in a music video for 'Jamiroquai' , "Love Foolosophy".

TV commercial for Haribo Yogurt Gums (2001)

TV commercial for Katjes Yogurt Gums (2001)

TV commercial November 2004, In Target Stores 2 Day Sales TV Ads

Modeled for INC.

Modeled for Victoria's Secret.

Print ads for Peek & Cloppeburg (2003)

Print ads for comma, (2004)

Print ads for rosner(2004)

TV commercial and Print ads for McDonalds Salads Plus

Print ads for H & M (2004)

Print ads for K-fee

TV commercial for Jette, a perfume by designer Jette Joop

TV commercials and print ads for Douglas

Book, "Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior (to Help You Take Off on the Runway of Life)" (2004)

(June 2004) Has her own dessert line, "My Favorite Candies" distributed by Hillside Candy and made by Katjes. The dessert products are named "Heidi's Yogurt Fruit Cremes", "Heidi's Yogurt Dessert Cremes", "Heidi's Fruit Flirtations".

CD single "Wonderland", was released in Germany, and was featured in 'TV commercials, which she also starred in, for the store Douglas in Germany. (November 2006)

Print ads for Jordache Jeans. (2007)

Line of less-expensive jewelry, Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection, sold by QVC, available in the United States.

Line of fine jewelry for Mouawad.

TV commercial for Volkswagen automobiles in the United States. The ad features a Classic Volkswagen Beetle hosting a talk show, on which Klum is a guest. Her ad features the tag-line "Hot for German engineering.". (Early 2008)

TV commercial for McDonalds (Germany) (2007)

(2008-09) TV commercial for Guitar Hero: World Tour

(2008-09) Print ads for America's Dairy Processors' "got milk?" milk mustache campaign.

(2009) TV commercial for "Swarzkopf Taft" hairspray.

(2010) Print ads for Dannon's Light & Fit Yogurt.

(2010) Print ads for her HKNB active wear clothing line for New Balance available from Amazon.com.

(2010) TV commercial for Dannon "Light & Fit" yogurt.

(2011) Print ads for her "Loved by Heidi Klum" line of maternity fashions.

(2012) TV commercial for "Jordache" jeans.

(2010) Appeared in an commercial for Dannon "Light & Fit".

(2008) Co-hostess, with 'Lesley Ann Machado' , of an infomercial for Heidi's "In An Instant" skin care system. Also appearing are 'Linda Hay ' , Simone Ciafardini and 'Nadine Jolie Courtney' .

(2013) Print ads for Unilever's Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy.

(2014) Print ads for Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk shoe insoles and heel liners.