Heidi Klum is an open book and after nearly two-and-a-half decades in the spotlight, she has learned to shut out critics.
The iconic model has heard her fair share of rude comments in the fashion industry. “I’m too curvy. Too feminine. I got that a lot. That I should be skinnier. And that I’m not edgy enough and a little too happy half of the time. Everyone was always telling me maybe I should skip a meal or I should go on these [diet] pills,” she tells Ocean Drive.
Fortunately, she has learned to deal with the naysayers: “I just always stuck to my guns and thought, ‘either they want me the way I am or this is not the right job for me.'”
Now 43-years-old, the German-born star looks back on all the challenges she has faced under the spotlight. “When you’re a normal girl from a small town and no one really takes note of you, and then all of a sudden you’re walking down a catwalk in your lingerie and on the cover of Sports Illustrated and all these people are turning their heads when you go into a restaurant and pointing their finger at you saying, ‘She’s not as pretty in person as she is in photos,’ you get a little insecure,” Klum told the magazine. “You always get judged, so you have to learn how to handle that.”
Not stopping with her body image, Klum also shutdown critics of her relationship with Vito Schnabel the independent art curator whom she has been dating, 13 years her junior, since 2014. “We have an amazing connection, we have fun together, and we love each other,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what people say. As long as you know when you close your door in your own home, you have an amazing time together. That’s really all that matters.”
Finally, the “Project Runway” host is very open with her children – and though some may find the approach uncomfortable – no topic is too scary for mama Klum. “They know how babies are conceived,” she reveals. “I have never really been a huge fan of beating around the bush. I’m quite direct. I guess that’s how people know me on television: I don’t mince my words.”