Heidi Klum - America's Got Talent judge

The highly anticipated Season 8 of America’s Got Talent is finally here and will premiere Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 9 pm.  Heidi Klum will make her debut as a judge alongside fellow newcomer Mel B and veterans’ Howard Stern and Howie Mandel.  Heidi may be new to America’s Got Talent but she is no stranger to critiquing hopeful newcomers seeking their big break.  Heidi has a long list of unique accomplishments which should make for an exciting new perspective at the judge’s table.

Heidi, who just celebrated her 40th birthday on June 1st, began her career in modeling back in 1992 when she entered a modeling contest by sending a Polaroid of herself to an ad in a German magazine. She won first place in the contest and earned a 3 year contract with International Metropolitan Agency.  Putting her dreams of becoming a fashion designer on hold, she moved to New York and began working with Victoria’s Secret.  She not only modeled for the lingerie giant, she also hosted several of their fashion shows.  She reigned as “Victoria’s Secret Angel” for 13 years.   Heidi has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines including Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.  She became known worldwide in 1998 when she was chosen for the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.  Heidi has appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine’s annual Celebrity 100,  and was ranked second on their list of the world’s top earning models.  In addition to an enormously successful modeling career, Heidi has branched out into acting.  She has appeared on the television series’ Spin City, Sex and the City and How I Met Your Mother and in the feature films Blow Dry, Ella Enchanted and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

In December 2004, Heidi finally realized her long-time dream of entering the world of fashion design.  She co-developed, produced and hosted the critically and commercially successful reality television series Project Runway.   The show and Heidi made history by becoming one of the first series to be nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Host for a Reality Program along with American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and fellow America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal).  Heidi also has designed her own line of jewelry as well as a line of shoes for Birkenstock and New Balance.  She contributed to developing a clothing line for Jordache Jeans and served as the spokesperson for the company.  In addition to her new duties as judge on AGT, Heidi has also been host of “Germany’s Next Top Model”.

Heidi is the mother of 4 children.  She recently ended her marriage to British singer Seal, who is the father of 3 of her children.  She appeared in Seal’s music video “Song” and several other artist’s music videos and has been featured in a video game based on the James Bond franchise.  She has done commercials for Guitar Hero World Tour, Dannon, McDonalds and Volkswagen.  Heidi became “Barbie’s” official ambassador in 2009 for the brand’s 50th anniversary.  Heidi is a big supporter of the global charitable organization UNICEF.  She was named their 2011 Trick or Treat Ambassador and traveled to Haiti this year to educate herself on the recovery efforts since the 2010 earthquake and the 2011 cholera epidemic in Haiti.

Heidi Klum has so far found success in a varied career within the fashion and entertainment industry and has achieved each new goal she has set her sights on.  She is an accomplished model, actress, producer, designer and entrepreneur.  Tell us what you think about the addition of Heidi Klum to the judge’s panel on the new season of America’s Got Talent.

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