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

Fame & Fortune: Heidi Klum

Bankrate: What was your first big splurge after you got your first big paycheck?

Heidi Klum: I guess it was a nice apartment. When I first started modeling, I lived in a drafty, drippy, roach trap that was the absolute opposite of glamour. So I got a nicer apartment with the money I made in my first big check.

Bankrate: Do you set aside money for your children's college funds?

Heidi Klum: I'm a big planner. My kids are obviously a big priority in my life so I definitely plan, invest and save for their futures, whether it's for college or not.

Bankrate: Does having financial security make you feel a more powerful entity in your various businesses?

Heidi Klum: I think experience and more people knowing you and your products actually give you more power in this business. But having the financial security is also nice, but I don't know if it necessarily makes me feel more powerful. Being around my husband and children makes me feel more powerful as a woman. All the money in the world cannot make you happy.

Bankrate: What do you think is the difference between being a woman in Europe versus one in America?

Heidi Klum: Maybe Europeans are more relaxed about certain things like taking holiday or sunbathing topless, but there are plenty of relaxed and tightly wound people in both places, actually. It's hard to generalize. I've been living in the states for a long time now, but I still go to Europe frequently for work and to see family, so I experience both places.

Bankrate: Besides your modeling career, you have branched out into so many other areas ... such as designing jewelry for Mouawad, Birkenstock shoes and your own jewelry line, the Heidi Klum Collection.

Heidi Klum: My QVC line is going really well. I design jewelry but also the line includes shoes, wallpaper ... I also recently shot an ad campaign for Jordache. I was a little nervous at first because it was after I had my last child and I was naked on top, but I'm very happy with the photos.

Bankrate: What's your favorite piece of jewelry?

Heidi Klum: My all-time favorites are, of course, my wedding band and engagement ring. But I wear a lot of my own QVC jewelry, which isn't expensive. I recently celebrated the first anniversary of my signature collection. The last piece of jewelry I bought was when I went to India recently, so I picked up a few pieces there.

Bankrate: What was the best gift one of your kids ever gave you?

Heidi Klum: Their drawings, which decorate our fridge at home -- just like everyone else's.

Bankrate: What's a perfect day like for you?

Heidi Klum: Relaxing with the family, staying at home all day in PJs, cooking pancakes, swimming and hanging out in the garden. But I don't have enough of those days lately. I have been so busy, but it's all fun.

Bankrate.com's corrections policy -- Posted: May 2, 2008
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