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Heidi Klum

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Heidi Klum joins the judging panel for the eighth season 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 impacts for such clients as Victoria's Secret and appearing on the covers of pop culture mainstays, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.

Klum is the host and executive producer of the eight-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 maternity lines for A Pea In the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, a jewelry collection for QVC called Wildlife by Heidi Klum, 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 and 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 in 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 Ralston, 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, Fitness, Dutch, New Woman and Grazia magazines.

Klum's acting appearances include Miramax's feature films "Blow Dry" and "Ella Enchanted," as well as ABC's "Spin City" and guest roles in "How I Met Your Mother, "The Devil Wears Prada," "Sex and the City," PBS' "Sesame Street," and a voiceover for The Weinstein Company's "Hoodwinked Too." She co-hosted the "60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" and has hosted various specials for MTV, TNT and CBS. She also swam with sharks for an episode of Discovery Channel's popular "Shark Week."

Klum has appeared on over 100 talk shows, including NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The View," "Live with Kelly," NBC's "Today" show, "Good Morning America," "Piers Morgan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and NBC's "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.

Klum's charity involvements include 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, and she was the spokeswoman for the Red Dress/Heart Health initiative for four years. Klum also appears in a PSA for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Stand Up to Cancer program and served as the 2011 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF ambassador.