Heidi Klum returns for her second season on the judging panel of "America's Got Talent," NBC's top-rated summer reality competition series, which brings the variety format back to the forefront of American culture.
Klum is a major star in the fashion and entertainment world and established herself as a top model, making great impact for such clients as Victoria's Secret and appearing on the covers of pop culture mainstays, including the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
The host and executive producer of the nine-time Emmy Award-nominated "Project Runway," Klum also hosts Germany's "Next Top Model," which has been a runaway hit in that country. Her other ventures include an activewear collection for New Balance, a collection for Babies R Us called Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum, and campaigns for Ann Taylor, Dannon and Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy. She has also launched Heidi Klum on AOL, a channel for women to find information on every topic.
Klum's modeling career began in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, when she won a national model search. She has since worked with many of the world's top fashion photographers, including Sante D'Orazio, Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Rankin, Matthew Rolston, Arthur Elgort, Walter Chin, Robert Erdmann, Marco Glaviano, Michael Thompson, Raymond Meier, Richard Burbridge, Mark Seliger, Wayne Mazur, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.
She has been featured in all of the top magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, ID, W, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Allure, Lucky, Self, Town & Country, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, Esquire, Forbes, Arena, GQ, British GQ (for which she was named Woman of the Year twice in a row), French, British and German Vogue, German Elle, Self, Fitness, Dutch, New Woman and Grazia.
Klum's acting career includes appearances in "The Devil Wears Prada" and the Miramax feature films "Blow Dry" and "Ella Enchanted"; a voiceover part in the Weinstein Company's "Hoodwinked Too"; and guest roles on "How I Met Your Mother," "Sex and the City," PBS' "Sesame Street" and ABC's "Spin City." She co-hosted the "60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" and has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS. She also swam with sharks during Discovery Channel's popular "Shark Week."
Klum has appeared on more than 100 talk shows, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Late Show with David Letterman," "The View," "Live with Kelly," "Today," "Good Morning America," "Piers Morgan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
As a testament to Klum's place in pop culture, Mattel created a Barbie in her likeness. She is also featured in the iconic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Berlin.
In addition to her charity work on behalf of such organizations as Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the American Red Cross (as part of its Celebrity Cabinet), Worldwide Orphans Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Klum was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative for four years. Klum also appears in PSAs for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Stand Up to Cancer program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.
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