Heidi Klum, the model turned TV personality with a gift for Halloween costumes is Women’s Health March cover model. The german model spoke to the magazine about diet, fitness, body image, aging and the line of fitness wear she is working on with New Balance.
Heidi Klum may be a supermodel who has managed to remain employed and popular despite rigid agism in the industry due to a combination of likability, money, genetics and that deal she made with the devil, but there’s something oddly relatable about her even to 5’3″ mortals. She’s a cross-over star with a lasting career because of her modelesque face and proportions, but also because of her bubbly personality, positivity and unapologetic weirdness.
Here are 9 lessons from Heidi Klum:
1) Being active is fun and doesn’t have to feel like exercise:
“If it’s with my kids or we’re going on a hike with the dogs or jumping in the swimming pool, or we have a gigantic trampoline in the backyard.”
2) It’s not all fun and games, but you can find a fitness routine that works for you.
“Every once in a while I go on the treadmill, but I don’t love that so much. I like the outdoors a lot, especially in New York City I run on the West Side Highway because I get really inspired when I see other people running,”
3) Even supermodels deal with the tribulations of aging.
“The metabolism definitely changes when you turn 40. I always thought, That’s not going to happen to me, but it is happening to me.”
4) Seriously, get to know your body.
“If I indulge more, I have to exercise more. I figured out what works for me.”
5) Sometimes you have to repress urges and desires.
“I’ll eat everything but the pasta and bread. Do I want the pasta? I do. But I choose not to eat it.”
6) But not all the time.
“[I was] out to dinner this weekend, and truffles are in season. I had to have the truffle pizza and the truffle pasta. It’s not like I don’t [indulge], but not all the time.”
7) Moms love to feed their babies, even if their babies are famous models.
“My mom fries everything and drenches it in cream sauce. Anytime she comes to visit, it’s like—boom!—two pounds [for me].”
8) Some people are preternaturally confident and it may or may not have to do with their genetic predisposition to looking like the cultural ideal.
“Me? I’ve always felt great about my body, I’ve always been very confident, and I still am.”
9) Coming as close as possible to the cultural ideal and feeling good about your body does not mean you can’t have some hang ups.
“I wouldn’t go to the gym in a sports bra and little shorts – I feel like everything’s jiggling around. But I didn’t do that before, either.”
That Heidi Klum, what a cutie pie! I like her and can’t wait to see the line of fitness wear she is working on with New Balance.