Born on June 1, 1973, in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Known for years as a leading model, Heidi Klum has become a popular television host and a successful businessperson. She started her modeling career at the age of 18 after winning a contest in her native Germany. Before this win, Klum had planned on becoming a designer.
she initiated modeling in Europe for a few years to great success, and then went to the United States only to meet with more success, culminating in her signing by Victoria's Secret. This early success, beyond her expectation, led her to a career peak resulted in her landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue thus cementing her status as one of the world's top models
With Klum's due date just a few months away, she splits from Briatore and is soon linked with British singer Seal. On May 4, she gives birth to 7-lb. 4-oz. daughter Leni in New York. A champagne toast with her parents and Seal – by now a frequent companion – marks the occasion. Of Seal, a Klum pal tells PEOPLE, "He was an amazing confidant for her during this period and supported her 100 percent."