“Project Runway” was such an enormous success that they made a spin-off in 2009. “Project Runway, Models of the Runway,” profiled the models who wore the clothes made by Project Runway designers — once again with Klum as host.
The program aimed to show numerous behind-the-scenes impressions that viewers weren’t privy to on “Project Runway.” Sadly, the show had no takers. The dismal ratings led to the show getting canned after just one year in 2010.
Heidi Gets the Last Laugh
It turns out that Karl Lagerfeld was not the only big name in fashion who rejected Klum. When she first started her modeling career, fashion designer Michael Kors didn’t think much of her either.
Reports say the designer saw a 20-year-old Klum in some of his creations and said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Life would come full circle when Klum and Kors became fellow judges on Project Runway.
A Real-Life Barbie
In 2009, Heidi Klum became the official brand ambassador for Barbie on the doll’s 50th birthday. Her association with Barbie had begun a year prior when the Heidi Klum doll was born as part of Barbie’s “Blonde Ambition Collection.” The doll recreated Klum’s look at the 2007 Victoria’s Secret fashion show – from a replica of her wedding band to the sequined mini skirt.
While Klum is obsessed with being a princess, she believes in keeping things real. She’s not a fan of outrageous re-touching and will get upset if people go overboard.
Klum Bids Farewell to Victoria’s Secret
After a 13-year association with Victoria’s Secret, Klum decided to hang up her angel wings in 2010. She announced to disappointed fans that she would not be part of the annual show in November of that year. As one of the original “Angels,” Klum was almost synonymous with the upmarket lingerie brand.
Just a year earlier, she had wowed audiences by walking the Victoria's Secret Runway five weeks after giving birth. She was stunning and fabulous as ever. The departure from Victoria’s Secret would usher in a new era for Klum as a mega-successful businesswoman.
Her Lucky Charm Is a Bag of Teeth
Klum reportedly carries a bag of her baby teeth around as a lucky charm! During a 2010 interview on “The Tonight Show,” a bemused Jay Leno asked the supermodel about her alleged strange habit, which turned out to be true.
She explained, "We don't have a tooth fairy [in Germany], so I put them in a little bag." Leno hilariously responded, "Any fantasy I had is pretty much over now."