Klum in April 2014
June 1, 1973 |
Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
|Spouse(s)||Ric Pipino (m. 1997; div. 2002)
Seal (m. 2005; div. 2015)
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Hair color||Blonde (naturally brown)|
Sure, climbing Mount Everest would be cool, but that's something I would now like to do as a family. Big experiences like that I don't want to have on my own anymore. I want to share them.
My motto is to go wild on the accessories – the belts, the hair clips, the jewelery.
But I also want to have a family with children one day, which is very important to me.
I always did feel beautiful when I was pregnant, but I do feel more me when I'm my normal size.
If you are talented, you can really do anything. And if your heart is at the right place and you have the passion for it, you can go for it and do it.
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.
Children are very addicting. Once they start growing up, you miss when they were little.
For me, my business is my business and my house is my house. I don't want the public in my house.
If you have issues with family, friends, and people at work, try and solve these issues head on so you can move on and concentrate on having the life you want.
I am someone who always gets up again, even if there are setbacks. I have a survivor instinct. I'm not sure where it comes from, but probably from all the little things that make you into who you are.
I am generally a very happy and easygoing person. I also believe it's always better to meet people with a smile rather than looking cold, especially when you first meet. It changes everything.
When I was younger, I had a perm, and it was really big. My mom was a hairdresser, so even my dad had a perm! I looked like a poodle, but it was cool at the time.
I don't know why I got so lucky. I have to pinch myself often and say, 'Is this just a dream?'
People say, 'Oh, God, how devastating to go through a divorce.' Did I wish for this to happen to my family? No. But everyone is healthy; we're moving on with our lives.
When you are just muscle, you end up being gaunt in the face, and that makes you look older by 5 or 10 years. I don't think of getting older as looking better or worse; it's just different. You change, and that's OK.
I'm a lioness. I have four cubs. I'm a mom. I want to take care of my kids and protect them.
I like basketball, and I've been to three games, which is so much more fun than seeing it on TV, I think.
I always think, look at how people were before they were pregnant. If you were a toned, healthy, energetic person, most likely you will be like that again.
For me, my No. 1 priority in life was to always have a family. If I had not been able to work anymore, then that would have been it. I would definitely choose family over career. It's really great that my field has allowed me to work and let me do things that a woman does naturally.
I never went to a modeling school, and I don't suggest to anybody that they go to a modeling school… In fashion, one day you're in, the next you're out.
Your kids are happy if you're happy. And if your love is happy, then everything works. I think a lot of people think once the children are there, it's all about the children. But you can't forget about your best friend, your lover, your husband.
I'm not that patient sometimes. I'm like a rocket – I go a hundred miles per hour.
I can't look in the mirror and look at fake things. I just can't. I'd rather age.
I'm quite scared of flying, and especially helicopters, I don't like them at all.
I need my products to work and be fast! I don't love having 50 different things in my bathroom, like a different cream for every inch of my face. That's so not me.
I don't know why we work, my husband and I. We just do. We are black and white – yin and yang.
I don't think I could not have been with an artist of some kind, someone creative.
I don't want to be wondering about how skinny I am, wondering what I'm going to eat because I don't want to gain and I want to look hot and young, always and forever.
I'm not quite that difficult, even though maybe I'm a little bit bossy. But you know, in order to get things done, you do have to be a little bit bossy sometimes or tell people what you really want. Otherwise, things just don't get done, do they?
No Botox. I don't think I will go there. I don't want to say never, because who knows? Maybe in 10 years I will.
My boys wear red pants or crazy color tops. My kids are more fashion forward in their own dressing.
I'm not saying that everyone should swim with sharks, but sometimes you have to jump over your own shadow in order to learn something that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Then you know you can conquer your fears.
With a family of six, there is always something to make, create and do together.
In my job, people tell you that all the time: 'This shoot was great. You look amazing.' But you never know what they say when you turn away.
It's important for children to see what's out there and learn that it's fun to go.
I grew up in a big family with a lot of kids around, and I definitely want to have children as well.
I was being rejected all the time. Agents would say, 'I don't think you're the type they're looking for.' I was always like, 'You think? I don't want you to think. I want them to think that.' This business is all about someone's opinion, but not the agent or the manager's. How do they know? They're not that person.
I'd say I'm a good cook. I have a lot of German recipes that I can make – schnitzel, meatballs and things with cabbage. I love cabbage.
For the longest time, you just sound like a broken record, but you have to be consistent when teaching kids.
I wouldn't push my kids to do anything. I want them to be happy, healthy, and I want them to be who they want to be, you know?
Sometimes random things that you wouldn't think mean anything mean so much to them. With kids, you can say, 'Let's go pick some flowers' or 'There's a snail. Let's investigate that.'
Well, I was already so happy being chosen to do the issue itself, that when I got on the cover, it was even more of a surprise and even more amazing to me.
I love when I go out and I have my hair and makeup done, but I also like it when I'm just with the family because that's real.
I'm someone, the same as my girlfriends, when they say what do you think about this, I don't always say they look fabulous. I say what I think.
I used to do my own taxes. 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.
But all the money in the world cannot make you happy either, so there has to be a balance.
The main thing is healthy eating, exercise, which I do for special events, like if it's Sports Illustrated, or the swim suit catalogue for Victoria's Secret, or my own calendar that I did for the year 2000.
Some people are born skinny, and that's just the way it is. You can't point a finger at them and say they're ill or anorexic. It isn't fair to people born that way.
Keeping it all together as a modern woman means multitasking, especially when you work. I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do, and you don't need to beat yourself up about it. I'm not white-picket-fence perfect.
What are you going to do if you have all the money in the world and all the things that you wanted to achieve in your business and you have no one to share it with? You come home alone at the end of the day. And then what?
You shouldn't wait for other people to make special things happen. You have to create your own memories.
So to get back to being intimidated, yes, you get intimidated when you're on the runway with Naomi Campbell, who is the best runway model in the world.
It's not like I'm this glamour diva who hands everything over and I just sit on my throne at home.
I have a normal life and I have this glamorous life, but to me it's two different things.
I learned from working in the fashion world that if I have a day when I feel slapped in the face, or if someone has been mean, I just have to get back up and it will be another day. I think about what I'm grateful for. I look at my kids and my husband and think, Wow, I'm a really lucky person.
I think you always need to try your best, but at the same time you can only do what you can do, and you don't need to beat yourself up about it.
Because I'm on the runway with some of the best models in the industry.
I feel like looking in the mirror when you brush your teeth, yes, I see lines, and then I smile and I see things here and there. But that's just, you know, you – that's your journey, you know?
I know a lot of celebrities who are perfectly happy to put their name to something and then leave it at that because the money is good, but I need to have complete control over how something is going to look if my name is going to be attached to it.
Apart from sharing my tips on toys or snacks, I'm open to hearing new ideas from other moms. I want to learn, too.
A little acting debut in Spin City, with Michael J. Fox, which opened up a whole new door for me.
I'm a big believer in to-do lists. I think of five things in the shower. I set goals and get my work done, but I have to plan for fun things, too. I'm always thinking about what will make my family happier. So I set up playdates and trips.
I like doing small parts, because I don't feel I'm that practised in acting. It's like making baby steps towards a bigger goal.
I've been heartbroken. I've broken hearts. That's part of life, and its part of figuring out who you are so you can find the right partner.
My children love everything that sparkles. My boys just go with everything and make it their own, but my daughter is a little upset because she is 9 and I only go to 5, so sometimes she squeezes herself into a five, and she is trying to make that work because she wants to wear it, too.
I'm bad at baking. I'm bad at letting go of things. I'm probably bad at reading.
I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.