How Heidi Klum’s net worth was built
Supermodel Heidi Klum’s career started in 1992 when she competed in a modeling competition on a German TV station at the age of 18. She beat over 25,000 contestants and won a three-year modeling contract with one of New York’s top modeling agencies, Metropolitan Models.
Klum first hit the Victoria’s Secret runway in 2002, and she hosted the brand’s annual runway extravaganza until 2009. Being a Victoria’s Secret Angel helped raise Klum’s profile and exposure within the modeling business. She earned $14 million from Victoria’s Secret in 2008. She rose to supermodel status in 1998 when she appeared on the cover of the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. She has since appeared in “Harper’s Bazaar,” “Elle,” “Marie Claire” and “Vogue.”
Klum also built her fortune through her fashion lines, endorsements for big brands, and her TV work, including the successful reality show, “Project Runway,” for which she is executive producer, judge and co-host. Her earnings increased to $20 million in 2011, even after ending her Victoria’s Secret modeling career. As of June 2017, Klum’s net worth is $90 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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- Born: 1973
- Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany
What she’s up to now
Klum is working with New Balance Activewear to design her own clothing line and other athletic apparel. Her label, HKNB, which stands for Heidi Klum and New Balance, is sold exclusively on Amazon.
In addition to “Project Runway,” Klum is a judge on the reality TV competition “America’s Got Talent.” She also hosts the German franchise of the successful modeling reality show “Germany’s Next Top Model.” Klum became a naturalized American citizen in 2008 and lives in Los Angeles with her four children.
Klum’s reality show “Project Runway” has been nominated for Emmy Awards for four consecutive years. In 2013, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program,” an honor she shared with her “Project Runway” co-host, Tim Gunn. In 2008, “Project Runway” received the Peabody Award, making it the first program in its genre to be given that prestigious honor.
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