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Heidi Klum

"Be kind to everyone. You'd be surprised how much people appreciate and remember even small thoughtful actions, and how it gets repaid to you"

How She Empowers Others

Heidi Klum, 34, is a star of the fashion and entertainment world. Having established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria's Secret and on the covers of such pop-culture mainstays as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, Heidi's career has taken many new directions. Heidi's numerous other ventures include self-designed collections for such prestigious companies as fine jeweler Mouawad (the Heidi Klum Collection sells on QVC as well as in select boutiques, Stardoll.com and Heidi's own website), popular shoe line Birkenstock and a capsule collection for Jordache, for which she is also the campaign model. She is the host and executive producer of Bravo's three-time Emmy-nominated and 2007 Peabody award winning series "Project Runway." Now in its fifth season, Project Runway is the highest rated program on its cable network. Heidi also hosts Germany's Next Top Model, which is a runaway hit in that country. She has a lifestyle book, "Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior." Other ventures include best-selling European clothing, accessories, fragrance and beauty lines. Her latest beauty endeavor in the States is an age-preventive line of creams and serums called In An Instant that is sold on Guthy Ranker. Her charity involvements include work on behalf of such organizations as the American Red Cross (as part of its Celebrity Cabinet) and the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Heidi's website, heidiklum.com, is a destination for her many fans to keep up with her appearances and upcoming projects.

Heidi's modeling career began in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach, when she won a national model search. From this win, Heidi was signed with an agency and her modeling career officially began, and 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; been featured in all the top fashion/beauty & lifestyle magazines including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Jane, ID, W, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Allure, Lucky, Self, Town & Country, Esquire, Forbes, Arenam GQ, British GQ (for which she was named ‘Woman of the Year' twice in a row, normally reserved for men) French & British & German Vogue, German Elle, Self, Fitness, Dutch, New Woman and Grazia magazines; and shot campaigns for clients including McDonalds, Diet Coke (for which she was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative and wore a Galliano gown to the Oscars, to then be auctioned online), Volkswagen, 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.

Heidi 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-watched runway show; since then, she has completed many campaigns for Victoria's Secret, being featured prominently in the company's world-famous catalogs and having worn the multi-million dollar jeweled holiday bras, swim books and fashion shows. She has hosted the CBS broadcast special of the annual fashion show several times as well.

Heidi's acting appearances have included ABC's Spin City, Miramax films Blow Dry and Ella Enchanted, and guest roles on HBO's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as Ursula Andress, How I Met Your Mother and Sex and the City, among others. She has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS and even literally swam with sharks for an episode for Discovery Channel's popular ‘Shark Week.' She appeared as villainess scientist Katya Nadanova in the best-selling James Bond 007 videogame, Everything or Nothing.

On downtimes at shoots, Heidi also cultivates her creative talents-sketching ideas for her jewelry, clothing & shoe lines, as well as crafting new ideas for her ever-developing businesses and interests.