Klum: Being nice is overrated

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum says being nice isn’t important in fashion.

The German model is one of the biggest stars in the industry and tutors year after year of hopefuls on the country’s Next Top Model show.

Having been in the job since 1992, the 40-year-old knows exactly what the glamorous world of runways wants from newcomers – and it can be pretty ruthless.

“It’s hard and you have to be wanted and accepted in the fashion world,” she explained to the German edition of Cosmopolitan.

“This shouldn’t be misunderstood, but whether someone is nice or not often falls by the wayside.”

The blonde beauty is currently busy filming season nine of her modeling show.

She’s looking forward to meeting new talent, but warns it won’t be easy.

“It’s a battle to win and definitely no walk in the park. The girls have to go through a lot. They have fun doing it and learn a lot about modeling and themselves,” she explained.

Outside of work, Heidi has children Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou to look after.

She might be fashion royalty, but at home she’s just a normal mom-of-four.

“My kids motivate me every day,” she gushed.

“I’m just a mom to them. They don’t care whether I’m tired or not; they just want to get out there and conquer the world.

“Every morning we start with a fruit and vegetable smoothie, which keeps us fit.”

Heidi isn’t just conscious of what her brood consumes.

She also makes sure they have an active childhood, with little time spent staring at a screen.

“They don’t watch a lot of television,” she recently said.

“I’m old fashioned, and I feel like technology ran away with everything. I don’t believe in setting your kids in front of something, always. I think that they have to do things with their hands and they have to get dirty, and they should be outside, play with the dogs, or think of something to do.”

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