Just a few people are blessed with the gift of being multi-talented in life, Heidi Klum is one of such women. She is a German American model, Television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author and actress.
Klum can be described as a model who almost never was because it was by chance that she was able to enter for the national modeling awards that brought her to the limelight.
Heidi Klum Bio
Heidi Klum was born on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany to father Gunther Klum, an executive for a cosmetics company and mother Erna, a hairdresser. She is of Geman American origin and was born and brought up in West Germany.
The star went to school in Cologne, the nearest city to her hometown. While she was in high school at the age of 18, she was persuaded by a friend to contest in the National Modelling award which she won. Consequently, she was given a modeling contract worth $300,000, this marked the beginning of Klum’s rise to stardom. She eventually moved to New York City to pursue a career in modeling after graduating from high school. Not getting a higher educational qualification did not stop her ambition as Klum is today, a top-grossing model, internationally famous Project Runway host and producer, spokesmodel for a lot of top brands as well as a successful fashion designer in her own right.
In addition to the aforementioned, Klum is also a Television personality, businesswoman, singer, author and actress. Her profile in the modeling industry reached a new high after she moved to New York where she eventually landed work with the lingerie company Victoria’s Secret. Soon after, she appeared on the cover of the 1998 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, an honour coveted by many models. Her hourglass shape which didn’t qualify her for the runways led Klum to become a fashion favourite. Subsequently, she appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar.
Husband, Children and Family Life
The blonde bombshell is a 44-year-old mother of four. Heidi Klum was married to Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel who goes by the moniker, Seal, a British soul and R&B singer and songwriter. He is most popular for his numberless international hits including Kiss from a Rose which appeared on the soundtrack for the 1995 film Batman Forever. The R&B star has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide during his career.
The couple got married in 2005 but it was in 2009 that Klum officially adopted Seal’s surname and became legally known as Heidi Samuel. Their marriage lasted for 8 years during which they had three biological children – sons Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel (born 2005) and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel (born 2006), daughter Lou Sulola Samuel (born 2009). Klum also had a daughter from her previous relationship with Flavio Briatore. She and Briatore were an item from 2003-2004. Their relationship only lasted for one year and the fruit was Helen Boshoven Samuel.
During the period of their marriage, Seal adopted Klum’s daughter from her previous relationship with Flavio Briatore. When asked about her aspirations for her kids, she answered that she doesn’t want her children to become models despite a recent trend of supermodel kids. The star, who was a huge catwalk herself, admitted she isn’t keen for her kids to follow in her footsteps rather she prefers them to concentrate on their studies.
Prior to her marriage with Seal in 2005, Klum married famous hairstylist Ric Pipino in 1997. Their marriage lasted just 5 years and the got divorced in 2002.
Heidi Klum is a supermodel turned business mogul, little wonder why she has amassed an estimated net worth of $70 million. Coming to the end of her 13-year Victoria’s Secret career didn’t cause her earnings to take a nosedive. Instead, the top model managed to increase her worth by $20 million in 2011 with the help of TV projects, fashion lines and big brand endorsements.
As part of her business ventures, Klum struck a deal with activewear company New Balance in 2011. The deal was to create a line of tops, dresses and athletic apparel, dubbed HKNB to be sold exclusively on Amazon. In October the same year, the Project Runway star landed a 20-episode deal for a new show on Lifetime.
For the most part, her 70 million dollar fortune was made by working with brands like Victoria’s Secret Angel & The Money Girls and by endorsing brands like Swarzkopf & Unilever. Against all odds, she was able to rise to the top and become one of the most successful models of our time irrespective of her lack of higher educational qualification.