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Fame & Fortune
Heidi Klum
Supermodel is the face of a multimillion dollar industry
Celebrity interview

Fame & Fortune: Heidi Klum
 

Heidi Klum is the very epitome of a supermodel -- a tall, beautiful blonde with a stellar modeling career, a hit TV show and a successful jewelry line. But she's also a loving wife to pop singer Seal and mom to three young children.

Thrown into the modeling spotlight at age 18, the now 34-year-old top fashion model is surprisingly down to earth. Growing up in Bergisch Gladbach, a small city near Cologne, Germany, her dad, Gunther, worked for a cosmetics company and her mother, Erna, was a hairdresser.

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After Klum submitted photos to a modeling competition, her career took off. She began in the high-powered world of European fashion, followed by a trip to the United States to establish a celebrated -- and profitable -- relationship with Victoria's Secret.

Klum really hit the big time in 1998, with the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, joining the ranks of Elle McPherson, Tyra Banks and Christie Brinkley.

Since then Klum has become a cottage industry unto herself. She increased her profile with hosting duties on "Germany's Next Top Model" and Bravo's "Project Runway." Klum also produces TV shows, hawks her jewelry collection on QVC and shoots various ad campaigns. She has parlayed her exotic good looks into a multimillion dollar industry.

Bankrate: Your family has grown within the last few years. Can you tell us your children's names and ages?

Heidi Klum: There's Leni, born May 4, 2004; Henry, born Sept. 12, 2005; and Johan, born Nov. 22, 2006. And that's it for now.

Bankrate: With three children, how do you juggle career with motherhood?

Heidi Klum: It's hard and amazing at the same time. I would not change it for anything in the world.

Bankrate: What are some of your most unique secrets for finding balance in your life?

Heidi Klum: To take time out for yourself so you can engage in an activity that you really enjoy. Another is to not neglect the romance in your life. Yet another is to wear pretty lingerie if you don't want to feel schlumpy. Still, finding time for romance is something that balances out my life. With us, we never lose sight of romance and having fun. We come from completely different upbringings, but I think that's what makes it all work so well.

Bankrate: What's your most prized possession?

Heidi Klum: My family, bar none. Material possession? I love all the gorgeous jewelry my very romantic and generous husband has given me.

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