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Heidi Klum: The Heidi Chronicles

“Don’t you think we’re at the end of this [reality craze]?” Heidi Klum asked Harvey Weinstein in 2003, when he first floated the idea of a televised fashion design competition. “Little did I know, we were at the beginning of a whole new wave.”

The wave has grown into a seismic tsunami, as January 24 marks the premiere of season 11 of Project Runway, a hit for Lifetime that turned the motto “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out” into a pop-cultural catchphrase. Klum herself, dressed today in “rock-and-roll business” — Paige jeans; a skulls-and-roses print shirt; an Elizabeth and James tuxedo jacket; and studded Chloé booties — for lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in the Bel Air Hotel, is still very much in. What started as a quirky show about aspiring designers armed with shears and cutthroat ambition has evolved into a showcase for fledgling talent trying to impress guest designer judges from Diane von Furstenberg to Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa to Tory Burch, battling frayed hemlines and nerves along the way. It’s become easier each season to tap A-listers as celebrity judges — Zoe Saldana, Jessica Alba, Christinas Ricci and Aguilera, among them — as many stars are fans. Not every famous actress is comfortable critiquing, however. Natalie Portman, Klum recalls, was “very sweet, but she only spoke her mind when the camera was off. So Michael [Kors] had to push her. He said, ‘You are not bashing someone or saying, You suck. You are giving your honest opinion.'” Susan Sarandon, by contrast, “was very opinionated — good points, too. A lot of people are fashionable but don’t know much about what goes into a garment.”

Kors, a fellow judge along with MC Fashion Director Nina Garcia, provides comic relief, especially off camera, with antic tales that often bring the others to tears. “We talk about anything from boobs to shoes to kale juice,” the designer says. “After going through three pregnancies with Heidi and two with Nina, I know more about maternity life than any man gay or straight has a right to. I am so ticklish that Heidi once chased me around the runway chairs, jumped on me, and startled me, at which point I fainted — what man wouldn’t?”

In addition to Sarandon, Bette Midler and Jordana Brewster make appearances this season, but perhaps the biggest changes are that red-carpet favorite Zac Posen joins the jury (Kors wasn’t available due to a scheduling conflict), and contestants will now work in teams, testing both their collaboration and couture skills. Klum’s fantasy guest judges are Michelle Obama (“I don’t think we’ve ever had a first lady who is as cool and fashion-oriented as she is”) and Donatella Versace.

The Project Runway franchise, which is syndicated in more than 35 countries, is just one pursuit in Klum’s bag of tricks. A disciplined childhood — she remembers her father, Günther, slapping her if she didn’t do something correctly — instilled in Klum the value of effort and achievement. Today, the 39-year-old designs a children’s clothing line for Babies “R” Us and an activewear collection for New Balance, and she’s created a fragrance — her fourth — called Surprise with Coty. She didn’t just stick her name on a flacon looking to extend her brand, though. Günther was the head of production at 4711, a famous German perfume house where a 14-year-old Klum in a hairnet filled bottles on a conveyor belt.

She speaks with reverence of her parents, who were in the delivery room for the births of each of Klum’s four children — her father even manned the video camera. She bought them a house outside of Cologne, Germany (as well as homes for her older brother, Michael, who’s a bus driver, and her aunts), and they are frequent guests at her ivy-covered Tuscan-villa-style house on eight acres in Los Angeles with access to a private canyon, where she hikes with her two German shepherds, Max and Freddy. It is her hairdresser mother, Erna, to whom Klum, up at 6 a.m. and in bed by 9 p.m., credits her work ethic. “She told me, ‘Don’t ever depend on a man,'” Klum says. “So I started making a living for myself when I was 18.” Early in her modeling career, when she was living in Italy, Klum had the kind of ignominious experiences that young, naive models complain about. She would get a casting call from a booker to meet a client, only to end up at a dinner where she was expected to be “table candy.” unlike peers who were willing to debase themselves for free meals and products, Klum knew her own worth. She would call the booker the next day, saying angrily, “It was different from what you explained. Don’t send me to those things anymore.” Later, sound business advice came from fellow television mogul Tyra Banks. “I used to do my own taxes,” Klum says. “You know how you buy that gigantic sheet at Staples, add up the restaurants, clothes, and taxis and glue your receipts into the book month by month? The more money I made, the more complicated things got. It was Tyra who said, ‘You need to have an entertainment lawyer and a proper accountant. You can’t be sitting at home wasting your time with this.'”

Though Klum grows animated when talking about her projects, questions about her burgeoning relationship with her bodyguard of four years, Martin Kirsten, are off-limits. Even so, eight months after filing for divorce from the singer Seal, she has publicly admitted that she is in love. “People say, ‘Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce,'” says Klum. “Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we’re moving on with our lives. If someone got [very sick], God forbid, that would be a real problem. It’s not what I wanted — it’s not what anyone wanted — but it’s not a real problem.”

What others classify as problematic, Klum simply doesn’t. When she was 30 and pregnant by Italian race car magnate Flavio Briatore, her handlers were “freaking out,” saying, “I don’t know how the fashion industry will take you back after this.” For Klum, abortion wasn’t an option, and she walked the Victoria’s Secret runway show at four months along, with no one the wiser. “I thought, This is what is happening, and I’m going to embrace it,” she says. “I will figure it out, whatever comes my way.”

Source: Marie Claire

Heidi Klum: Having 4 Kids Is “a Huge Responsibility”

Supermodel and super-mom!

Heidi Klum is a working mom who certainly has her act together, but she admits raising four kids can be a challenge!

“It’s a huge responsibility to have four kids,” she tells Us Weekly. Klum, 38, has a 7-year-old daughter, Leni, from a previous relationship; she and hubby Seal also have three biological children together: Henry, 5, Johan, 4, and daughter Lou, 22 months. “They all have different likes and dislikes and activities that they want to do. You have to learn how to juggle all of that, and at the same time, give them each the love that they need.”

“When you have one [child], you can focus on one. With four, you have to make sure [your attention] is all spread out just right,” she says. “You have to understand how different they all are! And at the end of the day, there is not much time left for you!”

Fortunately for the Project Runway host — who also has a jewelry line Wildlife by Heidi Klum on QVC — her brood is “a united bunch.”

“They always stick together and take care of each other,” she gushes. “They love each other! They love helping Lou. They like to feed her [and] they include her in all their activities.”

One way Klum and Seal, 48, are teaching responsibility to their kids? Having them help take care of the family’s two German Shepherds, Freddy and Max. The dogs “are starting to teach them about responsibility and caring for someone else,” she says. “They are also learning about rules, schedules with feeding and walking and sharing. Having the two dogs is big time sharing for the kids!”


Heidi Klum: Caring For My Kids’ Hair

Having four children, with one having straight hair and three curly, it’s a bit of a new world for me. Growing up with straight hair myself, that was all I really knew how to work with. It was pretty straightforward: wash, air dry, done.

Henry, Johan and Lou — my three youngest — have super beautiful locks. Their hair definitely requires a different kind of care than my daughter Leni’s hair. I’ve learned to never brush their curly hair when it’s dry because then it’ll frizz. I use lots of conditioner and detangler, and only go to hairdressers who really KNOW how to cut and style curly hair.

I’ve let my boys’ hair grow really really long, and just recently they asked me to cut off their beautiful hair! It was funny because it was definitely harder for ME in some ways, as I absolutely love their hair! I’m their Mom — I’ve been the one to carefully brush and help them care for it all these years, but I do want them to be who they want to be. I think that’s really important, to allow kids to express themselves — everything from the way they dress to how they want their hair. And now, that meant short.

And of course, it was not just simple short! They wanted mohawks with special designs to them, so I asked Lamar Odom who did his cool star-design buzz, and then contacted his stylist. He gave my kids these buzz cuts with amazing individual designs… great for the summer because they’re COOL, in both senses of the word!


Emmys: ‘Project Runway’ makes it personal, Heidi Klum says

As an executive producer on “Project Runway,” host Heidi Klum said she was excited by the show’s recognition in the Emmys’ reality-competition category and is looking forward to celebrating with the whole team.

How will you spend today?

It’s very exciting; we are shooting today actually for the next season [in New York]. The whole gang, we’re all together. We’re excited and we’re celebrating. We’re gonna open a bottle of champagne. We have to have a little bit of alcohol. The original crew from “Project Runway” are all here together. We go back a long ways; we’ve been together for 14 years. We do celebrate a milestone throughout each year and different things together. It doesn’t always happen that we’re together to celebrate — from the sound people to producers to the caterers, it’s better because we’re all part of this.

Project Runway” has had an Emmy nomination streak with similar other shows. Do you think it’s got a good shot this year? Against “Amazing Race“?

You never know, it’s quicker to go than you come. We’ve been lucky. Now we’ve shot till Season 9 and we still have a lot of fans, and that makes us still want to do a good job.

All these shows are so different, and all the shows are really great. In a way, we can’t compete with one another really, because we have completely different shows. You can’t really compare them in any way.

I think our show is a low-budget show. It’s more a documentary-style show. Compared to “The Amazing Race,” and you know I also host “Germany’s Next Top Model,” and I can see that the budget for “Germany’s Next Top Model” is much bigger, you know, we’re traveling all over the place. That’s what makes [“Project Runway“] amazing. We give only one day and a $150 budget for designers to design something. And I’ve had designers who say, “What do you mean we only have $150 and one day? I thought that was just [the way it was portrayed in] television; this is real?” But yeah, that’s how it works. We are a low-budget show, but we’re still a great show because it’s still all about talent.

Top Chef” is definitely a version of “Project Runway.” I hate to say it, but yeah, they are similar to our show. I think they kind of model their show after us, not to sound arrogant or anything. I actually, to be honest, don’t watch any TV, not even “Project Runway.” I just watch the cut and some parts of it, but I don’t watch the entire show.

What caught the voters’ attention with “Project Runway“?

Last season was the best season ever because we had a great mixture of talented designers. I don’t think we had gotten as close and personal to the designers before, because their personal stories weren’t as honest and open before. We were all just very touched by so many of their stories. For us,  Season 8 was one of the best. It was the first year that we did a full 90 minutes. We can tell more about the contestants with that much time, and that’s what made it a better season.

What are you working on now?

I have four children, so I’m either with my family or I’m working. I design, so I’m in my office a lot. I’m launching jewelry in September. I design clothes; I have a whole range on Amazon, and a perfume line coming out. I love doing it and being busy. I’m like a crazy maniac.

You’ve hosted the Emmys before. This year Jane Lynch has the job; how do you think she’ll do?

I don’t know her at all. I don’t think it’s fair to point fingers at the host. It’s what’s been written for them. When you host something like that, you really don’t have any input whatsoever; you just read the prompter. That’s why it’s hard, because you’ve got people so harsh on you; they think it’s not funny or clever or whatever, but you’re just doing and saying what you’ve been told to do. People should point at the people who write that stuff instead.


Heidi Klum: “Glamour” August 2011

Heidi is Happy! No one thought Project Runway would last, let alone change the face of fashion, but with it’s ninth season launching this summer, Heidi Klum has the life everyone wants: a great job, a thriving family and an adorable husband who worships at her feet. “Woo-hoo!” says Heidi, and that’s a quote! Glamour’s August issue is available on newsstands and digitally (iPad and Barnes & Noble Nook Color) nationwide on July 5.

Photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath in West Hollywood and New York City, Heidi Klum appears on Glamour’s August cover wearing a sparkling Stella McCartney tank, MiH jeans, Banana Republic belt, Wildlife by Heidi Klum bracelet and ring, Hermès watch, and bracelets by Giles & Brother and Luis Morais. On our inside bonus cover, Heidi sports J Brand jeans, Patricia Underwood hat, and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses. And from her inside spread, Heidi wears a Isabel Marant jacket, BL33N.com T-shirt, pink Maison Martin Margiela jeans,a black Dsquared2 hat, and Giles & Brother leather and hematite bracelet.

On the longevity of Project Runway…
“I’m going to be 80, walking with a stick down the runway.”

On being the aggressor in a relationship…
“I’m not someone who plays hard to get. This whole thing about “Oh, let’s exchange numbers” and then people wait four or five days before they call you? I don’t see the point. If you feel something, why would you let that pass? You only live once.”

On keeping things alive in the bedroom…
“There’s nothing wrong with a nice garter belt. I’m not saying you have to put up a pole in your bedroom and start swinging off the rafters. But I love that sometimes!”

On when she finds hubby Seal the hottest…
“Always. He’s even hot when he’s sleeping. He’s a beautiful man. He’s kind, he’s a gentleman, and I watched him last night onstage, and he still rocks it. I’m like, “Yeah, that’s my man!”

On whether Tim Gunn ever gives her style advice…
“He hasn’t. He’s so polite—he would never say, ‘Why are you wearing that?’ Michael [Kors] is a little bit more…well, he always jokes with me. He says that my skirts are really short. He calls it fallopian length. He teases me.”

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Heidi Klum Going Nude for ‘Project Runway’ Ad Campaign

The former model will bare all to promote both the fashion competition show’s ninth season and Lifetime’s sexier image.

One-time supermodel Heidi Klum is stripping down to promote Lifetime’s Project Runway.

While she has yet to sign off on a final image from a shoot held earlier this week, the show’s host opted to bare all as part of the network’s promotional campaign for the fashion competition series’ ninth season, which will kick off this summer.

The decision, which Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc made public during a broad-ranging discussion at Real Screen’s Factual Entertainment Forum on Thursday, was inspired by the cable network’s push — and for that matter, need — to embrace the contemporary woman.

Though Dubuc believes women have changed more in the last 15 years than any other time in history, she told a packed room that the Lifetime brand that she inherited a year ago hadn’t changed with her. Since taking the reigns at the femme-centric network, Dubuc has strategically pushed both her programming and her marketing teams to move away from that “women in peril” stereotype that has plagued the once top-rated Lifetime in recent years.

Instead, her staff has been tasked with finding and celebrating female characters who are brazen, strong, confident and sexy. To drive that message home, all four characteristics flashed on screen during a network sizzle reel that Dubuc shared midpanel featuring the network’s scripted, unscripted and movie fare, including Runway, Army Wives, upcoming Against the Wall and The Protector. To hear Dubuc tell it, having Klum show off her model figure is a way of showcasing a woman who has all of those attributes.

It is also a way to court attention. (Proof: the image hasn’t even been released, and this reporter is already covering it.) And as Dubuc acknowledged during the session, finding ways to cut through the clutter is an increasingly vital piece of the television formula today.

Plus, she said with a big smile, “it’s Heidi F–in’ Klum.”


Heidi Klum: On the cover of “The Hollywood Reporter”

Heidi Klum is featured on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter.

On the new cover of The Hollywood Reporter magazine with Huffington and new AOL partner Heidi Klum, Armstrong says, “We have a plan and we’re executing as quickly as almost any company in our space.”

On the set of a photo shoot at a Los Angeles studio, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong settles into salesman mode, explaining how a strategy laser-focused on content will turn around his troubled Internet giant. He adjusts his sturdy 6-foot-4 frame and begins rattling off traffic figures, audience metrics and potential cost savings without so much as flinching.

He’d willingly go on, but Heidi Klum — one of AOL’s newest celebrity acquisitions — has come bounding out of her dressing room in impossibly high YSL heels and is already critiquing his look as though he were a contestant on Project Runway. She persuades him to remove his suit jacket, unbutton his dress shirt and shed the powder-blue Hermes tie. “Come on, you can’t be too stiff,” she chirps in her endearing German accent. “It’s Hollywood.” Then she turns to the photographer shooting the pair with AOL’s newest executive, Arianna Huffington, for the cover of this magazine, “Are we cute?” She puckers her lips. “Are we Charlie’s Angels cute?”

You can read the full article here.