(pronounced [ˈhaɪ̯di ˈklʊm]; born June 1, 1973 in Bergisch Gladbach,
North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) is a German model, television
host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress.
In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native
Klum became internationally known
for her appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Issue. In 1997, she became the first German model to become a Victoria’s
Secret Angel. Following a successful modeling career, Klum became the
host and a judge of 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).
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 on 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, and Parks and Recreation. Currently, Klum is a judge on
the NBC reality show America’s Got Talent.
In May 2011,
Forbes magazine estimated Klum’s total earnings for that year as $20
million. She is ranked second on Forbes’ list of the “World’s
Top-Earning Models”, behind Gisele Bündchen. 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. She was married to English
R&B singer Seal from 2005 until 2012. www.GutterUncensored.com