Last year at a Golden Globe after party, I spot what can only be described as the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Yes, empirically speaking, Heidi Klum is gorgeous. But it was more than that that had me relatively spellbound. It was seeing her in a regal off the shoulder white gown, hair perfectly coiffed à la Lana Turner, eyes highlighted with a frosty shadow – channeling a screen siren of decades past – and smiling so broadly, laughing so organically that she dispelled this idea of perfection being perfectly poised. She looked not just beautiful – she looked real. Like the kind of chick you would want to grab a drink with, who juggles mommy hood with being a producer/host/model/designer, and isn’t afraid to get messy or laugh at herself. Oh wait, she is that chick. It’s perhaps the latter that took her from the small city of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, and propelled her modeling career from Europe to the States. But it was in 1998, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, that the game changed for her – catapulting her curvaceous frame into a multitude of campaigns and high profile shoots. And I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s jaw dropped when just two months after giving birth she strut the runway of the Victoria Secret fashion show, scantily clad, and proud as a peacock – deservedly so – she looked flawless. But it’s her savvy and ebullient energy that keep everyone coming back for more. Today’s TIG Talk is with a megahouse role model who used her beauty to open doors, and stayed in those rooms because of her wit, intelligence, and inimitable personality.
- My nickname is: HK or Kluminator.
- The first thing I do when I wake up is: Jump in the shower.
- I can’t live without: My 4 children.
- If I had one week to escape: I would sleep.
- If I only had $10 in my pocket: I would put it in my wallet so it wouldn’t get ruined in the washing machine.
- Everything tastes better with: A little love.
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