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As one of the world’s most famous supermodel-turned-TV host-and-entrepreneurs, Heidi Klum is practically synonymous with fashion and beauty. But just in case anyone out there needed proof that she was destined for this line of work, we now have a photo of Klum at 12 years old – and yup, she was adorable.
“OMG - found another fun photo blast from the past! 12 years old!” Klum tweeted to her followers on Tuesday, along with the photo of her much younger self with short bangs, stick-straight hair, and her instantly recognizable nose, eyes, and mouth. Though, she looks much more casual than the Klum we know and love today – the one that’s known for super-tight cocktail dresses, gold sequins, and lavish Halloween parties.
Now 39 years old, this photo dates back to around 1985 and was probably taken in Klum's native country Germany, where she lived as a child. Seven years later, she enrolled in a German modeling contest called “Model 92” and won. Thus began her career in modeling, until she got her big break in North America with a cover of Sports Illustrated and a runway spot for Victoria’s Secret in the late 1990s.
Today, Klum is a model as well as a shoe, clothing, and fragrance designer, TV host and producer (known for the smash hit reality series “Project Runway” and most recently as a judge on “America’s Got Talent”), a philanthropist, and sometimes an actress and painter as well. Who knew that 12-year-old fresh face would grow up to be such a Renaissance woman!
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