Hate to sound so seen-it-all, but let's face it -- supermodels can disappoint in the flesh. Mostly because there's so little of it on them. The scorchingly thin figure that makes clothes look elegant can seriously underwhelm without the curvature the camera adds. So as I wait for Heidi Klum in the Polo Lounge of the Beverly Hills Hotel, I'm braced for a letdown. It never comes. Even across the dining room, Klum is mesmerizingly lovely: tight jeans tucked into boots; a black leather jacket over a striped cashmere top that makes her look like the world’s sexiest gondolier; blonde hair that spills out of a knit beret. All that's missing is that leonine spark familiar from photos and TV appearances. This Heidi looks almost ... cuddly ... "I always wanted to be a mom," Klum says in her lightly accented English. "At Thanksgiving, I have my parents there, I have screaming kids, I have a big fat turkey -- 18 pounds -- sitting in the middle; legs are being ripped off that thing, you know what I mean? There's life in the house. I don't want to be wondering about how skinny I am, wondering what I'm going to eat because I don't want to gain and I want to look hot and young, always and forever." Of course, at 34, Klum looks absurdly hot and young. How, I wonder aloud, is that possible after three kids in four years? "I always think, Look at how people were before they were pregnant," Klum says. "If you were a toned, healthy, energetic person, most likely you will be like that again." Cold comfort to the untoned and unhealthy, but the straight dope is sort of refreshing. "A lot of people come to me, and they're like, 'Will I look like you after I have the baby?' And I say, 'Well, how were you before?' You can't kid yourself." ... Klum was never going to be anyone's idea of a crushed, crumbled person. To find success in the waif era, she knew she had to be resourceful. "There were still other things out there for people who were normal-looking," which meant modeling for catalogs -- JCPenney, Spiegel, and Newport News. Then in 1996, Klum got the call to do catalog work for Victoria's Secret. It didn't hurt that Klum's European upbringing left her completely at ease with stripping down for the camera. "I come from a place where we're not that shy about our bodies," she notes. Then in 1998, Klum's distinctive décolletage made a memorable star turn on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
And the rest, as they say, is history. The Marie Claire coverstory goes on to talk about her work on Project Runway, her attraction and subsequent marriage to Seal, her kids, yada yada yada. It's a nice read for Klum fans, the photos are pretty nice, too. I'm more interested in hearing what Heidi has to say about all the changes going on with Project Runway ... I wonder what her take is on the show's move to Lifetime and the rumor that production will move to LA. Now that's the interview I want to read :) [Source, Source]