Heidi Samuel, better known by her birth name Heidi Klum, was born on June 1, 1973. Klum was raised in Bergisch Gladbach, a city outside Cologne, Germany. Her parents are Günther, a cosmetics-company executive, and Erna, a hairdresser.
In 1992 Klum entered a modeling contest and won. She was offered a modeling contract worth $300,000. Klum accepted the contract a few months after she graduated from high school. She chose not to try for an apprentice position at fashion design school.
Klum’s choice to pursue modeling did not let her down. Her career has been widely successful and extensive. Klum has been on the cover of the fashion magazines Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. She became widely popular after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her work with Victoria’s Secret as an “Angel” made her famous as well.