America’s Got Talent and Project Runway judge, Heidi Klum, surprised her fans by getting naked for the first time, at the age of 43. The book, entitled, Heidi Klum by Rankin, features photos of the model taken in the past decade by celebrity photographer Rankin.
The book was released on Friday for the price of $134 per copy. It is exclusively sold at venues such as Marc Jacobs stores and Bookmarc. In addition to the book, Klum and Rankin have also created trucker hats, t-shirts, and stickers to sell along with the book.
The shapely mother of four spoke to the Daily Mail about the release of the new book, which happens to be just a few days before she turns 44. The former Victoria’s Secret model still has that fabulous and sexy body that earned her the nickname “The Body,” yet, even her friends are asking her why she is doing this book now.
“I figured, ‘why not?’ Some friends of mine have said, ‘Well, you’re turning 44…why now?'”
“And I said, ‘Why not now?’ We should be celebrating a woman’s body, it doesn’t matter what age they are.”
The America’s Got Talent host feels more confident now than when she was half her age.
“I have posed naked before but I’ve just never showed it to everyone. I feel more confident now than when I was in my twenties.”
Like many women, Heidi Klum has become more confident in her own skin with each year.
“I think when I was younger I was more shy and I’ve grown into myself.”
German-born Klum has also admitted that she likes to be naked when at the beach, which is not unusual for less body conscious Europeans.
“I grew up going to nude beaches with my parents, so I’m a nudist. I have no problems with nudity at all.”
“When I go to the beach, it’s in a very remote place where there are not a lot of people, and I like to go topless.”
Just a week ago, Klum was strutting her stuff on the runway at the Fashion For Relief charity event in Cannes. She walked the supermodel rich runway along with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Bella Hadid, and Kendall Jenner. The event was attended by such dignitaries as Queen Rania, Princess Beatrice, and Sarah Ferguson.
Heidi Klum, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is worth a super $90 million dollars. Heidi is a top earner, second only to Tom Brady’s Brazilian, supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen. Klum is the Emmy-wining host and executive producer of Project Runway, which will soon be filming the sixteenth season. She is also the host and executive producer of Germany’s Next Top Model, and she is a judge on America’s Got Talent, which returns this week. She owns a lingerie line, a swimsuit line, and a children’s clothing line.
Heidi told Success that she only chooses projects she believes in and never has to chase an opportunity–they always come to her.
“I choose things I believe in. Many companies come to me, but I try to limit my involvement to the ones that fit what I stand for or that represent something that interests me.”
John Rankin Waddel, best known as “Rankin,” is the British celebrity fashion and portrait photographer who took the photos Klum over the past 10 years.
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