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"Heidi Klum: The E! True Hollywood Story" airs tonight

Linda Miller Modified: May 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm •  Published: October 24, 2008
“Heidi Klum: The E! True Hollywood Story” premieres at 8 p.m. Friday on E!

Here’s a bit of background, if you’re not familiar with Heidi Klum. The German bombshell and supermodel is more than just a pretty face. She has graced the cover of almost every well-known fashion magazine and dominated the runway as a leading spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret.

After establishing herself in the fashion world, Klum took on the role of TV producer and star, creating and hosting the Emmy-nominated reality series “Project Runway.” Now, she opens up about her lucky break, her sizzling romance with singer/songwriter husband Seal and their blended family of five. She also discloses her struggles to make it in the highly-competitive world of modeling and how it feels to finally be at the top of her game – at home and on the runwayThe episode includes family photos from Klum’s childhood in Germany and original footage from the “Model ’92″ contest that launched her career – a European TV event in which Klum beat out 25,000 other hopefuls. In addition, the special features material from Klum’s first Victoria’s Secret runway show, plus intimate backstage footage from some of her earliest modeling gigs.Industry insiders and close friends, including Tim Gunn and Michael Kors, speak candidly about her personal and professional challenge. 

Some excerpts from the episode:

Heidi Klum, on winning the “Model ’92″ contest in Germany that launched her career: “I won $300,000. I was 18 years old. I had no idea how much $300,000 was to be quite honest with you. Everyone else got a car. I was kind of looking at them. I’m like, ‘I wish I would have gotten the car.’ ”

Tim Gunn, mentor, “Project Runway,” on Klum and the success of the show:  ”I don’t believe for a moment she could have ever anticipated that it would become this cultural phenomenon.”

Heidi Klum, on struggling to get work early in the business: “I wasn’t really tall enough, skinny enough, and my face wasn’t unusual enough. I was a little bit too girl next door.”

Heidi Klum, on her family: “It is hard to have a family when you’re busy, but it’s all about, you know, what you want to do in life. We wanted to have a big family and for us that was more important than our busy schedules.”