Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Super Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum is the reigning queen of Halloween—no contest. Year after year, the 43-year-old blonde bombshell throws an epic Halloween bash in New York, which never falls short on major star appearances or over-the-top costumes. Most recently, Klum transformed into Jessica Rabbit, which required days spent in a prosthetics lab in order to get the cartoon character’s curves just right. “I think putting on a costume loosens people up,” Klum once said. “Put on a wig, and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘woo-woo!’ To me, life is about creating memories. The regular days kind of just blend in.” While we’ll have to wait to find out who—or what—she dresses up as, here are five things you may not have known about Heidi Klum.

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  1. Even Heidi “The Body” Klum (a nickname she received following her first Victoria’s Secret fashion show) has been subject to her fair share of backlash. After Klum posed nude for the cover of German GQ in 2009, Karl Lagerfeld observed that neither he nor supermodel Claudia Schiffer had any idea who Klum was, as she had never worked in Paris and was “more bling-bling than current fashion.” The Kaiser continued: “It may be Victoria’s Secret, but it is not my secret.” Before her 13-year-long career on the lingerie runway, “I never did fashion shows—not in Paris or Berlin or even in New York City,” Klum said. “I tried, but no one would book me.” Among those who rejected her was fellow Project Runway judge Michael Kors, who, according to Klum, saw her in his designs when she was 20 and said, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
  1. After Donald Trump famously said that Klum was “no longer a 10,” in a 2015 interview with The New York Times, Klum took to Twitter to respond to the outrageous comments with an amusing video that poked fun at herself and the situation. In it, a friend disguised in a Donald Trump mask is seen ripping a “10” label off of her tiny T-shirt, revealing that she’d been downgraded to a “9.99.” “It was a communal thing,” Klum said of the decision. “In the makeup room, we’d all had too much Starbucks, so we were just egging each other on. ‘You be Donald.’ ‘Do you have spray?’ It was the most fun.” #HeidiTrumpsTrump
  2. In 2004, Klum insured her famous legs, but her right leg ($1.2 million) is worth more than the left ($1 million). “I didn’t personally have them insured, but a client of mine did,” she said at the time. “Basically, I was in London, and I had to go to this place where they check out your legs. They would look at them and I had one scar here from when I fell on a glass, so this one isn’t as pricey and this one.” The $2.2 million price tag is a bargain compared to fellow celebrities with similar policies; David Beckham’s legs are reportedly worth $70 million.
  1. After Klum appeared on TV during the 2006 World Cup group draw, 90 percent of men from 150 countries who were watching said they would like to have relations with her on the spot. But Klum insists she doesn’t find it objectifying. “I’ve always taken sexy photographs. That’s how I’ve made a living. You do become something of an object, but that’s kind of what modeling is,” she said. “If they want you to smile, you smile. If they want you to advertise food, then you have to bite into it as if it’s the yummiest thing. Sports Illustrated is about sexy girls on a beach. I never minded playing that part. It’s kind of fun and I know who I am when I’m not that person.”
  1. On Barbie’s 50th birthday, in 2009, Klum became the doll’s official brand ambassador. She had been immortalized the previous September in Barbie’s Blonde Ambition Collection, which re-created the look from her duet performance with then-husband Seal at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in 2007, complete with an Emanuel Ungaro–inspired sequin miniskirt and a replica of her wedding band and diamond engagement ring. “I had to pick a moment that is me, otherwise, I would have been a princess,” Klum said. “I want to be a princess [with] the fluffiest, biggest dress with feathers, glitter, fairy dust, and glass ballet slippers,” she added. “You know, something that would be a dream come true for a little girl.” Klum is a proponent of keeping things real. “You can sell a dream, and you can sell a lifestyle that a woman aspires to have, but you can’t completely trick her,” she has said. “If people retouch me too much, I get upset. Yes, you can help me out a little here and there, but don’t go overboard. I have one tooth that’s longer than another, and if you look at the ad, my snaggletooth is coming out a little bit—but I like that.”

Original Source: Vogue