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“I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do, and you don’t need to beat yourself up about it. I’m not white-picket-fence perfect.”

Career highlights

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1997

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Becomes a Victoria’s Secret Angel

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1998

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Appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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2001

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Makes her big-screen debut
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Heidi Klum

Career highlights

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1997

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Becomes a Victoria’s Secret Angel
Klum is the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. The super lucrative multi-million dollar gig lasted until she parted ways in 2010.

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1998

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Appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Klum reaches supermodel status after appearing on the cover of the infamous swimsuit issue, wearing a sexy black and white one piece.

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2001

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Makes her big-screen debut
Making the jump to the big screen, Klum appears in the hairdressing comedy Blow Dry with Josh Hartnett, Natasha Richardson, and Rachael Leigh Cook. A few more film roles followed like Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers with Charlize Theron in 2004.

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2002

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Featured on the cover of Shape magazine
Klum heats up the March and October 2002 issues of Shape. Numerous international edition covers followed.

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2004

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Project Runway premieres
Klum helps develop the now uber-hit Project Runway, a reality series she also hosts and executive produces. She went on to win a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Host in a Reality-Competition Program” in 2013.

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2008

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Tops Forbes’ list of the World’s Top-Earning Supermodels
Estimating her income at $18 million, Forbes names Klum as the top-earning supermodel in the world.

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2010

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Launches an activewear line
Klum partners with New Balance and Amazon.com to launch a women’s active clothing line, as well as creating two collections of maternity wear: “Lavish by Heidi Klum” for A Pea in the Pod and “Loved by Heidi Klum” for Motherhood Maternity.

Is there anything that supermodel, television host, actress, designer, and businesswoman extraordinaire Heidi Klum can’t do? Judging by her incredible journey in show business, it’s clear she can’t be stopped when it comes to success. After winning a modeling contest when she was just 18, Klum became internationally known thanks to sizzling covers for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and countless campaigns with Victoria’s Secret. Soon, TV came calling; Spin City, Sex and the City, Yes, Dear, CSI: Miami, Desperate Housewives, and How I Met Your Mother are just a slew of her guest-starring roles over the years.

In 2004, Klum helped develop Project Runway, for which she is still host and executive producer, a gig that catapulted her into the prime-time spotlight and won her a Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program” in 2013. In addition, the model maven hosts Germany’s Next Top Model in her native country and also serves as a judge on the popular NBC talent show, America’s Got Talent.

Behind the cameras, the mother of four achieved her early dreams of becoming a designer with her own jewelry line, a New Balance activewear collection, a series of shoes she created for Birkenstock, and a clothing line for Jordache Jeans. Not surprisingly, Klum is just as much as a rock star with her fitness regime as she is in her career; she sweats up a storm with celeb trainer David Kirsch on his Total Body Plan, practices yoga, and is said to be a fan of the Master Cleanse detox. 

Kristen Aldridge

Trivia

Good luck charm
A small bag of teeth she lost as a child
Biggest fear
Heights and flying
Hidden talent
Painting
Favorite color
Green