ABC News published Heidi Klum’s sassy comeback via Instagram on Monday, August 17, to Trump’s opinion in an earlier interview with the New York Times that she was no longer a “10”. She posted a video clip of a man wearing a Trump mask, coming up behind her to snatch a piece of paper marked “10” off the front of her shirt and show the “9.99” underneath.
Along with the video that ends with her rueful smile and shrug, she added the following tweet.
“#TrumpHasSpoken #sadly #9.99 #NoLongerA10 #IHadAGoodRun #donaldtrump #HeidiTrumpsTrump #BeautyIsInTheEyeOfTheBeheld.”
In the New York Times interview, Donald Trump, 69, spoke of women, touching on the controversial comments he’d made regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during the GOP debate. He reiterated his high regard for women and pointed out that the many female executives working for him are paid at least as much as the men. He admitted going a little bit far with his remarks on occasion, and digressed to comment on Heidi Klum no longer being a “10”.
Within a few hours, Klum, 42, had her video out as a rebuttal of sorts, sparking much discussion on social media about her current looks.
During her live appearance Tuesday night as a judge on America’s Got Talent, program emcee Nick Cannon assured her that she is still a “10” despite Trump’s rambling assessment. Cannon’s declaration was applauded by an approving audience and the other show judges, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Melanie Brown.
Klum built her career as a supermodel on the basis of her classical beauty, making her one of the highest paid models in the world. According to Celebrity Net Worth, her combined earnings for 2015 so far is $70 million.
When she was 18 years old, she started a modelling career in Germany and gained popularity across Europe. According to People, she moved to the United States to meet the challenge of the massive American market where she hosted and produced Project Runway and marketed her own clothing lines, jewelry, and fragrances. Her efforts on television were rewarded in 2008 when she was nominated for the first-ever best reality show host Emmy.
In the realm of acting, she had roles in movies like Blow Dry in 2001 and The Devil Wears Prada in 2006. She appeared in TV shows such as Sex and the City and How I Met Your Mother.
According to Forbes Magazine, ever since Klum ended her 13-year stint as a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2010 at the age of 37, she has become more of a businesswoman than a model. Whatever that means, she remains an iconic figure in the public eye.
As a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, she enjoys a worldwide television following. While Trump’s remarks on ABC News may have hinted at her fading beauty, her rating as a “10” has nonetheless been reinforced by show host Nick Cannon in front of millions of viewers.
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