PHOTO BIOGRAPHY: The Amazing Life And Career Of Sexy Ex-Angel Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Tuesday night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featured lots of gorgeous women in wispy lingerie.

It was a great show (we hear), but it also made us miss one of our favourite and arguably most famous angels: Heidi Klum.

She may have shelved her wings, but Klum is still kind of a big deal.

Last year, Klum ranked #39 on Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, sliding in a couple notches above Queen Elizabeth II.

It isn’t the first time the model- turned-actor-turned-producer-turned-author-turned-designer has nabbed a top-spot on Forbes’ coveted lists, either.

The willowy 38-year-old has appeared annually on the Top-Earning Model’s List since 2007, raking in $14 million in 2010.

Could it have to do with her two hit television series, numerous clothing lines, her own fragrance and jewelry collection, best-selling book…OK, we could go on.

So how did the German-born beauty go from cover model to business mogul?

Here’s a quick a timeline of Heidi’s journey to superstardom and success, proving she’s not just another pretty face. 

Heidi Klum entered the world on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, a small city outside of Cologne.



A few months later, Heidi graduated school, gave up her dreams to become a fashion designer, and decided to pursue a career in modelling after all.


In 1996, the supermodel made her first big business move and founded the Heidi Klum GmBH. She also secured a copyright on her name.


In 1997, Heidi walked the runway for the first time in Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The European bombshell was catapulted to fame, and soon appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue, In Style, and the Sports Illustrates Swimsuit Issue.

In December 2004, Heidi became the host, judge, and executive producer of the reality show Project Runway, which originally aired on Bravo. The show has received critical acclaim and several Emmy nominations. The 10th season is scheduled to start next summer.

In 2006, the supermodel launched her debut jewelry collection on QVC. In 36 minutes, 14 of her 16 styles sell out. Overall, more than 11,000 pieces were sold during the show.

Source: QVC

In June 2008, Heidi Klum appeared for the second time on the Forbes list of World's Top-Earning Models. She ranked #2, banking $14 million.

In February 2010, the mother of four launched two maternity lines — Lavish by Heidi Klum for A Pea in the Pod, and Loved by Heidi Klum for Motherhood Maternity.

At the end of last year, Heidi teamed up with New Balance to launch a line of active wear sold exclusively on Amazon. The line retails from $32-168.

Source: New Balance.

Klum is married to British singer Seal, whom she wed in 2005 on a beach in Mexico. The couple have three biological children together and one from a previous marriage.

We can't all look like supermodels, but we can keep ourselves looking ageless

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