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Heidi Klum has just added another title to her growing resume. - New York Daily News
The former Victoria’s Secret beauty took the reins at German "Vogue," editing a special 140-page spread named "Heidi by Vogue." And Klum loved every minute of it, telling People.com, "I grew up reading German Vogue and was really excited when they...
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Bar Refaeli Channels Naked Heidi Klum For Esquire - Picture - Entertainmentwise
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Kelly Rowland Is No Heidi Klum - The Frisky
Every episode of the thrown-together Bravo knock-off “The Fashion Show” is equivalent to a so-so episode of “Runway,” but the real nostalgia comes from the longing for “Runway“'s host Heidi Klum. Here are the top four reasons why Kelly Rowland is no...
Heidi Klum and Seal Renew Their Vows - Gay Wired
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Happy Birthday, Heidi Klum! - The Gossip Girls
Enjoying some downtime with the family, Heidi Klum and Seal were spotted out in Los Angeles on Saturday (May 30) with their kids. The preggers “Project Runway” hottie and her “Kiss From a Rose” crooner hubby looked like they had their hands full while...
The World's Top-Earning Models - ABC News
Gisele Bündchen and Heidi Klum are the world's top-earning supermodels, according to Forbes magazine. A lot has changed in two years. While fashion magazines and retail brands still market their wares with stars from music and movies, models have moved...
Heidi Klum's Runway Return - Celebrity Baby Blog
Heidi Klum returns to the runway — and models her growing baby bump — while hosting the finale of her show Germany's Next Topmodel on Thursday in Cologne. The supermodel will be back on American television when Project Runway returns August 20th on...
Bump Watch: Ellen and Heidi - TheInsider.com
Both Ellen Pompeo and Heidi Klum announced their pregnancies in April and Seal also announced at the same time that Heidi was about three months pregnant while Ellen's camp gave the vague 'due in the fall' response. I don't know though, I would think...
Heidi Klum gives ProSieben a boost - Hollywood Reporter
By Scott Roxborough COLOGNE, Germany -- Supermodel Heidi Klum and a pair of teenagers in bikinis gave a much-needed rise to German network Pro7 Thursday night as the finale of reality show "Germany's Next Top Model," drew a 15000 sell-out crowd at...

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008.

Heidi Klum (pronounced ; born June 1, 1973) is a German-American model, actress, television host, business woman, fashion designer, television producer, artist, and occasional singer. She is married to the singer Seal.

Klum has also been the Emmy Award-nominated hostess of Project Runway and Germany's Next Topmodel, and is known for being a Victoria's Secret Angel.

Klum was raised by her parents, Günther P. (a cosmetics company executive) and Erna (a hairdresser) in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, a small city outside Cologne. According to Klum, she was persuaded by a friend to enroll in a national modeling contest called "Model 92". Out of 25,000 contestants, Klum was voted the winner on April 29, 1992 and was offered a modeling contract worth US$300,000 by Thomas Zeumer, CEO of Metropolitan Models New York. As the winner, she appeared on the Gottschalk Late Night Show, a top German television show with host Thomas Gottschalk, similar to late night shows with David Letterman or Jay Leno in the United States." She accepted the contract a few months later after graduating from school and decided not to try for an apprentice position at a fashion design school.

Klum has been on the cover of most well-known fashion magazines, including Vogue, ELLE and Marie Claire. She became widely known after appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and for her work with Victoria's Secret as an "Angel." In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in several editions from 1999 to 2006. She wrote the foreword to Gair's most recent book of body paint work. She has been a spokesmodel for McDonald's, Braun, H & M, and Liz Claiborne, among others. She is currently a celebrity spokesmodel for Jordache and Volkswagen. In addition to modeling, she has appeared in several TV shows, including Spin City, Sex and the City, Yes, Dear, and How I Met Your Mother. She had a role as an ill-tempered hair model in the movie Blow Dry, played a giantess in the movie Ella Enchanted and was cast as Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. She also had cameo appearances in The Devil Wears Prada and Perfect Stranger.

In July 2007, having earned an estimated $8 million in the previous 12 months, Klum was named by Forbes as third on the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. In 2008, Forbes estimated her income to be $14 million, which put Klum in second place on the list, surpassing Kate Moss ($7.5 million), but still well behind Gisele Bündchen ($35 million). Klum is signed to IMG Models in New York City.

In December 2004, she became the host, judge and executive producer of the reality show Project Runway on the U.S. cable television channel Bravo, in which fashion designers compete for the opportunity to show their line at New York Fashion Week and receive money to launch their own fashion line. She received an Emmy Awards nomination for the show for each of the first four seasons. In 2008, Klum and Project Runway received a Peabody Award, the first time a reality show had won the award. Klum herself was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for "outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition show" for Project Runway, the first year that category was recognized by the Emmys.

Klum has designed her own clothing lines (including one for infants) that were featured in the German mail-order catalog "Otto." She also has designed shoes for Birkenstock, jewellery for Mouawad, a clothing line for Jordache, and swimsuits – featured in the 2002 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – that, for a limited time, were available for sale through her personal website. She was one of the designers of the Victoria's Secret lingerie line "The Body", which was named after the nickname she received following her first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show appearance. Her Mouawad jewelry collection debuted on the cable shopping network QVC on September 14, 2006, and 14 of the 16 styles sold out after only 36 minutes. A second line of her jewelry collection debuted on QVC on April 14, 2007, with similar success. Klum's clothing line for Jordache launched on April 30, 2008.

Klum has produced two fragrances, called "Heidi Klum" and "Me", which are currently available for sale through her official website. She has also designed makeup for Victoria's Secret as part of their "Very Sexy Makeup Collection", titled "The Heidi Klum Collection". The first run debuted in Fall 2007. A second run was released in Fall 2008.

Klum was also involved in the development of a namesake rose, the Heidi Klum rose, which is available in Germany.

For the 2008 US Open, Klum designed a screen print t-shirt which was sold at the US Open shop. It featured child-like butterfly pictures and retailed at $40. Proceeds from the design are set to go to Unisphere, a non-profit organization which maintains Flushing Meadows-Corona park, home to the US Open.

Germany's Next Topmodel is a German reality television show, which pits contestants against each other in a variety of competitions to determine who will win a modeling contract with IMG. Klum is the host, a judge, and co-producer of the show (along with model Tyra Banks). Season winners are Lena Gercke, Barbara Meier, and Jennifer Hof. All three seasons aired successfully on the German TV station ProSieben and a fourth season is on TV in Germany now.

Klum is also an artist and has had several of her paintings appear in various art magazines in the U.S. On September 27, 2002 she dedicated a sculpture she painted called "Dog with Butterflies" to commemorate the role of rescue dogs in the aftermath of September 11.

In 2004, Klum co-authored Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge with Elle magazine editor Alexandra Postman. The book gives Klum's biography as well as her advice on becoming successful. Prior to that, Klum had been an occasional guest columnist for the German television network RTL's website. She has also written an essay for the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Klum's other projects have included music and video games. She is featured in the 2004 James Bond video game Everything or Nothing, where she plays the villain Dr. Katya Nadanova. She has appeared in several music videos, including Jamiroquai's video "Love Foolosophy" from their album A Funk Odyssey, and Kelis's "Young, Fresh n' New," off her second 2001 album Wanderland.

In early 2009, Klum ventured into web-based videos, starring in "SPIKED HEEL: Supermodels Battle the Forces of Evil". The web-series also starred fellow model Coco Rocha and was directed by fashion documentarian Doug Keeve (Unzipped, Seamless). In the story, Klum aka 'The Kluminator,' and her stylish sidekick Coco “The Sassy Superhero” Rocha battle the evil Dr. Faux Pas who is plotting to destroy Fashion Week. The heroines employ all sorts of tools in their arsenal, from blow-dryer guns to old-fashioned fist fights, in order to thwart Dr. Faux Pas' dastardly plans. The Kluminator and Girl Wonder avoid a chain of fashion disasters in their efforts to neutralize an evil death ray that threatens to vaporize the entire community of fashionistas gathered in Bryant Park. Also making guest appearances are Michael Kors, Leighton Meester, Mel B and Christian Siriano.

In November 2006, Klum released her debut single "Wonderland," which was written for a series of television advertisements for the German retailer "Douglas." Proceeds from the single were given to a children's charity in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach. She also contributed to her husband Seal's 2007 album System, singing the duet "Wedding Day", a song that Seal wrote for their wedding.

In 2008, Klum was a featured guest on an American Volkswagen commercial, where she was interviewed by a black Beetle. When she commented that German engineering is so sexy, she caused the Beetle to blush and turn red. She also has been a part of several commercials for Volkswagen and McDonald's on German television.

In November 2008, Klum appeared in two versions of a Guitar Hero World Tour commercial, where she did a take on Tom Cruise's famous scene in Risky Business. In both versions, she lip-synced to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" while dancing around the living room with the wireless guitar controller; the director's cut, however, had her strip to her underwear halfway through the commercial and was broadcast only after prime time.

Klum is a "Real Celebrity" on the website Stardoll. On Stardoll Klum has her own line of virtual jewelry for other members to purchase, and her own virtual clothing line called Jordache. You can go to Klum's suite and interact with her by doing interviews, sending pending requests or dressing up Klum's doll.

In what many have seen as a heavy-handed approach without acquiring all the facts, Klum sued a local German dance promoter for 143,000 euros for using a picture of her downloaded from the internet on a flyer advertising his disco in Chemnitz. She eventually won the case against the unemployed butcher and the court fined him 2000 euros, which a German actress has pledged to pay on his behalf. In November 2008, Heidi's father and business manager, Gunther Klum, filed the suit on her behalf saying, "We can’t allow just anyone to advertise with Heidi’s face who wants to. We have asked Mr. F to donate the money to the Bethanien Children’s village in Bergisch Gladbach. If he complies with this then the issue is over." The dance promoter, Mr. F, failed to comply and, after a hearing, a German court ruled in Klum's favor.

Klum married stylist Ric Pipino in 1997; the couple divorced in 2002. Following the divorce, she had brief relationships with Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis and Formula-1 mogul Flavio Briatore. In the autumn of 2003, Klum announced she was pregnant with Briatore's child. On the day she announced the pregnancy, Briatore was photographed kissing Fiona Swarovski, a jewelry heiress. Klum and Briatore split up shortly thereafter. Klum gave birth to Leni Klum on May 4, 2004 in New York City, New York.

In 2008, Klum became a naturalized American citizen.

Klum appeared in episodes of Malcolm in the Middle (as a toothless hockey player) and Cursed, and has made several guest appearances as herself in various shows, including Spin City, Sex and the City, CSI: Miami, How I Met Your Mother and Yes, Dear as well as the movie, The Devil Wears Prada.

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Heidi Klum rose

The Heidi Klum rose is a modern Beetrose from the home Tantau, was bred in 1999. This variety was the first registration number RT00681. It was from 15 Rosenbreeding already in the autumn of 2003 Heidi Klum showing in 2005 during a public event of her personally baptized. Tantau they crossed from the Old Port and Barkarole.

It is a rich flowering rose, with a very compact habit. Under normal conditions it reaches a height of 40 to 50 cm. The flowers can reach a size of up to 9 cm, are strong and have filled up to 40 petals. The flower color is predominantly Violet. They distribute an intensive intoxicating fragrance. The deciduous leaves of Rose have green and rich foliage. This Rose is easily susceptible to Mildew and Diplocarpon rosae. Therefore, it needs regular maintenance.

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Joanne Gair

The painting/photo that made Joanne Gair famous was this August 1992 Vanity Fair nude Demi's Birthday Suit cover.

Joanne "Kiwi Jo" or "Kiwi Joe" Gair (born c. 1958) is a New Zealand-born and raised make-up artist and body painter whose body paintings have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999 to the current 2008 edition. She is considered the world's leading trompe-l'œil body painter and make-up artist, and she became famous with a Vanity Fair Demi's Birthday Suit cover of Demi Moore in a body painting in 1992. Her Disappearing Model was featured on the highest rated episode of Ripley's Believe It or Not. She is the daughter of George Gair.

In addition to achieving pop culture prominence and respect in the fashion and art worlds starting with her body painting of Demi Moore, she is an award-winning make-up artist in the rock and roll world who has helped several of her music clients win fashion and style awards. She is also considered a fashion and art trendsetter, and for a long time she was associated with Madonna. In 2001, she had her first retrospective and in 2005, she published her first book on body painting. At the peak of her pop culture fame after the Vanity Fair cover, she was seriously considered for an Absolut Vodka Absolute Gair ad campaign. She has done magazine editorial work, and in 2005, she became a photographer of her own body paintings in both books and magazines.

Gair, who is born New Zealand and raised in Auckland, lives in the United States and is based in Los Angeles, California. In 1977, she began teaching dance at a primary school in New Zealand. She moved from New Zealand at the age of 21 and had a variety of stops on her way to Los Angeles. Most of the time was spent in Australia and Amsterdam until after five years away from home she ventured to Los Angeles at the time of the 1984 Summer Olympics. With the help of the Cloutier Agency she obtained a work permit. She then approached the Chanel and Gaultier beauty salons to offer her already well-respected make-up artist services. They both accepted her and she further solidified her reputation to the point where instead of being asked if she was George Gair's daughter it was more common for her father to be asked if he was Joanne Gair's father. Her early work in the music industry included album cover and music video work for David Lee Roth, Tina Turner, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, and Mick Jagger. One of her early successes was being employed to do Roth's 1986 Eat 'Em and Smile album cover (pictured left). These experiences led to work with Madonna, which started with music videos for "Express Yourself" and "Vogue". She has also done work on music videos for Aerosmith and Nine Inch Nails. Her work on the 1997 Nine Inch Nails' The Perfect Drug won her the makeup portion of the best hair/makeup in a music video at the Music Video Production Awards. She had also won awards for Madonna's Frozen. Among the other notable musicians she has worked with is Gwen Stefani, who won Most Stylish Video at the 1999 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards working with Gair on No Doubt's song New. Gair also worked on ad campaigns and for photo features in efforts to exhibit the artistic visions of others.

Eventually she expanded beyond make-up artistry to body painting to express her own artistic vision. In August 1991, Demi Moore caused international artistic commotion by appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair seven months pregnant with her daughter Scout LaRue in the photo More Demi Moore, with Gair as the make-up artist and Annie Leibovitz as the photographer. Exactly one year later, she returned to the cover of the same magazine nude as a product of Gair and Leibovitz in a nearly equally as shocking body painting, Demi's Birthday Suit (pictured right). Gair was the primary body painter of this art and the magazine cover art propelled Gair to fame. Fifteen years later, it continues to be considered the most well-known example of modern body painting. The 1992 cover that entailed a thirteen-hour sitting for Gair and her team of make-up artists was a commemoration of the August 1991 photo. The shooting was storied because photographer Annie Leibovitz could not decide where to shoot and reserved two mobile homes, four hotel rooms and five houses. The pop culture attention given to Gair and her body painting led Absolut Vodka to consider an Absolut Gair body painting promotion in 1993.

She is considered a Trompe-l'œil body painter, but at times she describes herself more generally and colloquially as an illusionist. She also refers to herself and others refer to her as an image-maker for her contributions to people's perceptions of others. She was originally inspired to specialize in body painting by facial skin adornment of the indigenous Maori people of her native New Zealand. However, the glam rockers and heavy metal rockers as well as white-face geishas, Native American Indians and Indian mehndi all contributed to her inspiration. She began using Sharpies to draw on people in 1977. Her work, which became prominent with the August 1992 Vanity Fair cover of Demi Moore, has transcended various media and involved her with leading photographers, directors, super models and celebrities. Gair has worked with leading celebrities (Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Christina Aguilera, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sophia Loren and Celine Dion) and been in editorial (Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Playboy, BlackBook, and Harper's Bazaar), fashion campaigns (Donna Karan, Versace, Victoria's Secret, Guess, and bebe), cosmetic companies (L'Oréal, Maybelline, Revlon, Oil of Olay, and Rimmel) and mega-brands such as Evian. At one point she was beauty editor of Black Book. Her work with Madonna includes music videos such as Express Yourself, Vogue, Fever, Rain, Frozen, the Blonde Ambition Tour and its subsequent feature documentary Truth or Dare. When Madonna teamed up with Herb Ritts for black and white photographs, Gair did the eyelashes and make-up. Gair has been the subject of numerous television programs and magazine articles, including what was the highest rated episode of Ripley's Believe It or Not?. Her first retrospective was exhibited at the Auckland Museum as part of the Vodafone Body Art exhibition in 2001 and early 2002.

Gair has earned many motion picture credits for work as a make-up artist. In 1996 & 1997, she was employed on three of Moore's films (Striptease, If These Walls Could Talk & G.I. Jane). In addition, she earned a 1997 credit on Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me for Farrah Fawcett. In 2002, she earned a make-up credit on People I Know for working with Kim Basinger. She also earned a 2003 credit for work on the short documentary The Work of Director Chris Cunningham.

In her first year in the Swimsuit Issue (1999), she painted Rebecca Romijn, Heidi Klum, Sarah O'Hare, Michelle Behennah, Yamila Díaz-Rahi, and Daniela Peštová in a variety of beachware. The first Gair Sports Illustrated body paintings occurred at Richard Branson's Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Some of these also appeared in a 2001 Sports Illustrated calendar, and Heidi Klum's tie-dyed swimsuit bodypainting earned her and Gair the cover of the German edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2001, the Swimsuit Issue had a goddess theme. The cover featuring Elsa Benítez used the caption "Goddess of the Mediterranean". Gair contributed to this theme by body painting the models as statues of goddess: Klum (Athena), Díaz-Rahi (Thalia), Veronika Vařeková (Aphrodite, Venus), Molly Sims (Flora), Noémie Lenoir (Luna), Fernanda Tavares (Aurora), and Shakara Ledard (Diana) as goddesses. At about the same time in 2001, her work featuring Klum was featured on the cover of the tenth anniversary of Shape Magazine. In 2003, she painted a seven continent world map on Rachel Hunter, a fellow New Zealander, and purposely represented Australia and New Zealand "down under" (on the buttocks). In the 2004 issue, when she painted Jessica White, Petra Nemcova, Marisa Miller, Noemie Lenoir, Melissa Keller, and Hall, the paintings featured both body painting and real bathing suit portions in most images. However, bathing suit portions were not apparent in all images. In the 2005 issue, she painted Bridget Hall, White, Miller, Anne V, and Sarahyba with athletic team outfits. In the 2006 issue, she painted multiple bathing suits on Klum. One of these appeared on the cover of the German edition of Sports Illustrated. It was the ninth time that Gair and Klum worked together and the seventh time that they did so for Sports Illustrated. In the 2007 issue, where music was the theme and Beyonce Knowles was featured on the cover, she painted rock and roll related tee shirts and bikini bottoms on Daniella Sarahyba, Miller, Praver and Ana Paula Araujo. In the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, when she painted bathing suits on Quiana Grant, Jessica Gomes, Marisa Miller, and Tori Praver, the average sitting time for the subjects/objects was thirteen hours.

The photographers in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004 were respectively Antoine Verglas, James Porto, Michael Zeppetello and Steven White for the Swimsuit Issue works. From 2005–2007 Gair took the photographs of her body paintings herself. Verglas again photographed the bodypainting for the 2008 Swimsuit Issue. No body painting pictures have been chosen as the main image on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue. However, in the 2005 Swimsuit Issue (pictured left) in which Carolyn Murphy is the cover model, Jessica White was shown as an inset on the cover in a Miami Dolphins jersey body painting by Gair. Thus, as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue photographer Gair debuted on the cover in a sense. In 2006 a small cropped portion of her photograph of a bodypainting of Klum appeared in an inset on the cover, but no bodypainting was apparent.

Gair has produced two English books: Paint A 'Licious: The Pain-Free Way to Achieving Your Naked Ambitions (ISBN 0740755374, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005) and Body Painting: Masterpieces By Joanne Gair (with foreword by Heidi Klum) (ISBN 0789315092, Universem, 2006) as well as one Spanish book: Arte en el cuerpo (ISBN 9707184701, Numen, 2007). In her first book, Paint A 'Licious, she was both the painter and photographer as well aas the arranger who conceived the scenes. Paint A 'Licious had a theme of helping people achieve their fanatasies. Among the works included were one called 'It's a Stretch but You've Still Got It,' which shows an old woman in a pink tutu doing the splits on a golden stage, with the help of an assistant painted to blend into the curtains and 'No Sweat' which shows an overweight woman happily leading an aerobics class with her body painted so that she appears 30 pounds slimmer. In the book, washboard abs are achieved by sitting still for a few hours, as is an hourglass figure. The book was produced over the course of ten months in New Zealand.

Her second book, Body Painting, includes seventy-five works and some of the photographers involved were Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts and David LaChapelle. The book includes many works from Gair's Auckland Museum exhibition as well as selected Swimsuit Issue images. Several Heidi Klum photos are included from various photo shoots, including the 1991 Shape magazine tenth anniversary shoot. Several photos of Demi Moore also appear including alternate photos from the Kauai, Hawaii portion of the 1992 Demi's Birthday Suit week of shooting as well as both photos of her 1994 pregnancy with Tallulah Belle Willis and subsequent 1995 Barbie body paintings. A photo from the Disappearing Model work from Ripley's Believe It or Not? is also included. The book also includes magazine work such as a May 1990 Fame shoot with Goldie Hawn and Matthew Rolston and a November 1998 Interview shoot with Pamela Anderson and David LaChapelle as well as some Pirelli calendar work with Herb Ritts, Carolyn Murphy and Alek Wek.

Sports Illustrated produced Sports Illustrated: In the Paint (ISBN 9781933821207, Time, Incorporated Home Entertainment, 2007) in November 2007. The book is subtitled "The complete body-painting collection from the SI Swimsuit Issue: The Art of Joanne Gair." The book contains reproductions of photographs of all of the body paintings that have been included in the swimsuit issue since Gair has become involved and excludes all body painting that preceded Gair's involvement. Thus, she is the featured artist of the book that includes photographs by all of the aforementioned photographers. The book also contains stories that accompanied the some of the issues by Sports illustrated writers such as Rick Reilly who observed the process. The cover image of Sarah O'Hare was shot by Antoine Verglas who photographed Gair's 1999 bodypaintings for the Swimsuit Issue. The book includes images produced in Gair's earlier efforts for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999–2007. It also includes several behind the scenes images not include in the magazine.

Although to many she is best known for Demi's Birthday Suite, art aficionados consider her most famous work Disappearing Model. The work appeared on Ripley's Believe it or Not!. In the trompe l'oeil body painting, the face and body of the model are almost indistinguishable from the red and blue and yellow flowers of the wallpaper in the background. Her first body paintings was also memorable as she painted a moko on a female Ford Modeling Agency fashion model named Jana, which is a tabooed employment of a traditionally male ritual face mask. An example from Gair's website of her ability to trick the eye into seeing a three dimensional subject blend with a two-dimensional background is seen in a photograph of a pregnant Elle Macpherson. Other examples of this technique include the cover of her first book (pictured below) and images from within this book.

She participated in Germany's Next Topmodel by painting and photographing the final four contestants in leopard prints. During the episode, which was Cycle 1 episode 6, she handled two models per day working for six to seven hours with each. The works covered the shoulders, legs, breasts and stomach and included long hair extensions. The episode resulted in work that was so successful that none of the contestants were eliminated.

She has now developed a style as a body painter. Her typical job takes her and her team eight hours, but some jobs take twice that. She does not charge by the hour. Gair is always well prepared for her jobs, but does not generally sketch her work on paper. In fact, she claims to have only had to do so twice in over twenty years of body painting. When she needs to test something out she usually uses her opposite (left) arm or hand.

In recent years, Gair has added photography to her professional skills. In addition to being the photographer of Paint A 'Licious, she has been the photographer in some years of her Sports Illustrated work. For example, she was the photographer of Heidi Klum in 2006. At the end of 2007, Gair was using a Canon 5D camera.

Gair is from Takapuna on the North Island of New Zealand, but she now lives in both Los Angeles and New York, New York. Her father is Hon. George Gair, a former New Zealand politician, and her nephew Alastair Gair is a competitive Etchells racer. Her father was a long-time Member of the Parliament of New Zealand (1966 - 1990) and later Mayor of North Shore City (1995 - 1998). Her mother is Fay Gair, and her elder sister Linda Gair served both as a model and as a painting assistant in several of the paintings in her first book. Linda also has a daughter named Lauren. One of the paintings for which Linda assisted was the cover of Paint A 'Licious. Gair also has an older brother named Warwick.

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Project Runway

Project Runway is a Peabody Award-winning American reality television series on the Bravo network which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are usually restricted in time, materials, and theme. Their designs are judged and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

On April 7, 2008, the show's producers, Weinstein Company, announced a five-year deal that would relocate the show to Lifetime Television, beginning with Season 6. In response, NBC Universal filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company for violating its contract rights. A September 2008 court decision granted NBCU's request for an injunction, preventing Lifetime from promoting or exhibiting "Runway" until further notice.

Project Runway uses progressive elimination to reduce the initial field of 12 or more fashion designers down to 3 or 4 before the final challenge. Each non-finale challenge (the scope of one episode) requires the designers to develop one or several pieces of new clothing to be presented at a runway show. The challenges range in creative diversity to test the designers' ingenuity while maintaining their personal design aesthetic. These challenges may include creating a garment from non-traditional materials, such as: apartment furnishings (Season 3), recyclable materials (Season 3), items from a grocery store (Season 1 & 5), edible food items (Season 1 & 4), plants and flowers (Season 2), using their own clothes that they are wearing (Season 2); to designing for a certain high-profile person (such as actress Brooke Shields, figure skater Sasha Cohen or Miss USA Tara Conner), a corporate fashion line (e.g., Banana Republic; Diane von Furstenberg; Macy's INC), or centered around a specialized theme (such as "cocktail party", "wedding gown", or "prom dress").

The show takes place in New York City (with a short stop in Paris in Season 3) with designers using a workroom at Parsons The New School for Design. They shop for materials at a fabric store in New York's Garment District (usually at MOOD Designer Fabrics) — unless the challenge requires otherwise (e.g. denim jackets and jeans from Levi's, confectionery and souvenirs at the Hershey's Store in Times Square, or fabric at Spandex House in Season 4). The designers are sequestered by grouped genders together at Atlas New York (an apartment building near Parsons) during Seasons 1-3 (back again at Season 5) and at New Gotham during Season 4. While on the show, the designers are prohibited from leaving the apartments without authorization, making unauthorized communication with family or friends, or using the Internet to research designs. Designers are also forbidden to bring pattern books or similar how-to books with them during the show, or risk being disqualified from the competition (as was the case of Keith Michael in Season 3).

The designers are given a budgeted stipend to select and purchase fabric and notions, and then provided a limited amount of time to finish their designs (from as short as half a day to two or three days). Often, the designers work independently, although on some challenges, contestants must work in teams or as a single collective group. Once the deadline is reached, the designers must dress their models and select their hair, make-up, and accessories. Each model walks down the runway, and the garment the contestant made is rated by a panel of judges, scoring each look in a number of categories from 0 to 5, or other personal annotations and comments in regards to the designs being presented. The judges then interview the designers who garnered the highest and the lowest scores (usually a top 3 and a bottom 3) and share their opinions before conferring as a group in private after the designers' defense of their outfits. The panel then selects the winning and losing designers based on their scores and other considerations. Typically, the winner receives immunity for the next challenge, and therefore, cannot be eliminated. As the season progresses, immunity is disregarded during later challenges to prevent the designers from getting an easy pass to make it into the final round. Other incentives given to the contestants aside from winning immunity is that the winning garment may be featured in print media, integrated into a limited edition look for a particular clothing brand, or sold at an online fashion store (e.g. BlueFly.com beginning in Season 4 onwards). Generally, the loser of each challenge is eliminated from the competition, with host supermodel Heidi Klum giving him or her a double air kiss on the runway and wishing the eliminated designer her catchphrase, Auf Wiedersehen, before they depart. Thus, elimination from the show is sometimes called "being auf'd".

After the final challenge, the remaining three or four designers are then told to prepare a complete fashion collection of twelve looks to be presented at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The finalists are given 12 weeks and $8000 for this task, which they perform at their own homes or studios. While some construction work can be outsourced, the majority of the garments must be created by the designers themselves. Prior to the show, the finalists must return to New York City to oversee model casting, hair and make-up consultations, finishing touches to their clothes, final fitting on their models, and also may be thrown an additional challenge, such as designing an additional outfit to blend in with the collection (Season 2). Their receipts are also handed over to the producers of the show to determine if they went overbudget or had outsourcing done as favors, both of which are against the rules. Otherwise, they might be forced to eliminate a crucial aesthetic factor in their presentation (e.g. Jeffrey Sebelia's blond wigs and pleated leather shorts in Season 3), or risk affecting their potential scoring from the judging panel should they stand by their decision to use a forbidden item (e.g. Kara Saun's outsourced footwear in Season 1). The ultimate winner is selected by the judges, and receives $100,000 to start his or her own design line, a magazine feature spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship from a design firm (ended on Season 3). Subsequent seasons have also included a new car as part of the prize package, courtesy of car company Saturn.

Female fashion models who work with the designers throughout the season are also in the competition. Each week, as the number of designers dwindle, the number of models are also reduced, with one model remaining at the end. Models are randomly pre-assigned to a designer during the first challenge, and from the second challenge onwards, the designers will have an opportunity to pick the model they wish to work with. This usually happens during the start of every episode save for the first, with the winner of the previous challenge receiving first pick, and the other designers picking models in order through host Klum's random draw of large red shirt buttons with their names stored in a black velvet bag. Though, there are times when only the winning designer will be given the choice to pick with the following choices: either keep his or her previous model, take the losing designer's model from the last challenge, or switch models with another competing designer. The losing models are also given host Klum's air kiss and Auf Wiedersehen before they leave the runway. Included in the prize package for the winning model is coverage in Elle magazine, featuring the winning designer's twelve-piece collection as part of her prize. However, certain challenges may not require the models at all, such as: giving a competing designer a head-to-toe makeover (Season 2), the designers creating their own looks (Season 3), designing menswear (Season 4), or creating a garment for a specific client (e.g. reconstructed outfits for women who lost weight or wrestling costumes for the WWE Divas in Season 4).

Joining Klum in judging duties includes American designer Michael Kors, Elle editor-at-large Nina Garcia, and a fourth judge - typically a fashion designer (Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Francisco Costa, Betsey Johnson, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Monique Lhuillier, Catherine Malandrino), a supermodel (Iman or Alessandra Ambrosio), a celebrity (Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Aguilera, Nicky Hilton, Natalie Portman), or a professional from an industry related to the challenge given (Nancy O'Dell, Rachel Zoe, Tiki Barber, Apolo Anton Ohno, Patricia Field, Ivanka Trump). Tim Gunn, former faculty member of Parsons The New School for Design and now Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., acts as mentor to the designers and does not participate in the judging. Instead, he visits the designers midway through each challenge to comment and suggest improvements for each design, as well as announcing additional challenge updates and enforcing the time limit before each runway show. Gunn also usually announces the design challenges aside from Klum, and accompanies the designers during their fabric shopping at MOOD or on field trips related to a particular challenge.

Project Runway premiered its first season on December 1, 2004. In its first season, Project Runway received critical acclaim, including an Emmy nomination for outstanding competitive reality series. Growth in audience popularity was also dramatic from its debut to the season finale, making it a sleeper hit. Project Runway gave Bravo one of its most successful series since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

The winning designer of the first season was Pennsylvania-based designer Jay McCarroll. Second place was Kara Saun, and third was Wendy Pepper. As his prize for winning the competition among 12 designers, McCarroll was eligible to receive a $100,000 cash prize, a mentorship with Banana Republic to aid in developing his own fashion label (both of which he turned down), and display of his work in the American edition of Elle magazine. The winning model of the first season, selected by McCarroll, was Julia Beynon, who beat out models Jenny Toth (for Kara Saun) and Melissa Haro (for Wendy Pepper).

Fan favorite, Austin Scarlett, produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week after being eliminated in the controversial "Nancy O'Dell Grammy Challenge," causing outrage among fans. His appearance at Fashion Week was an 11th hour decision made by the show's producers who were concerned that the identity of the three finalists would be revealed before the Project Runway Season 1 finale aired. The ploy was later adopted for the show's succeeding seasons.

The series' second season began on December 7, 2005. Following a nationwide search earlier in the year, sixteen designers were chosen as semi-finalists and brought to New York City in June, 2005. After the first challenge, called Road To The Runway, fourteen went on to compete as finalists. The winning designer, Houston-based Chloe Dao, received $100,000 in seed money to help launch her own line, a one year contract with Designers Management Agency, a 2007 Saturn Sky roadster, a spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship with the Banana Republic Design Team. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia returned as judges for the second season. The final judging seat rotated each week, based on the challenge. Tim Gunn, fashion chair at Parsons The New School for Design, returned as a mentor for the designers. The winning model paired with designer Chloe Dao was Grace Kelsey, beating out models Rebecca Holliday (for Daniel Vosovic) and Heather Brown (for Santino Rice), and landed the spread in Elle Magazine.

Kara Janx, who placed fourth in the competition after having been eliminated in the "Iman Evening Gown Challenge", produced a decoy collection which served as a distraction at Fashion Week before the finale aired.

During Season 5, Project Runway had a poll consisting the most memorable moments. Season 2 moments consist of Andrae's meltdown, Santino's battle against Nina Garcia about his designs, Zulema telling Kara to "cry and cut", the designers doing a walk-off, Zulema demanding the models to do a walk-off and the case of the missing chiffon. However, of all 22 moments, the fans decided that Santino's impression of Tim Gunn was the best moment of Project Runway.

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors returned for season three, which began airing on July 12, 2006. Season 3 introduced a new set of sponsors, notably Macy's replacing Banana Republic, in advance of Macy's conversion of former May Company department stores.

In this season, designer Keith Michael became the first designer to be asked to leave the show for multiple rule violations. He was found to be in possession of prohibited pattern-making books and left the production site for several hours, during which time he used the internet. Also, for the first time, the last four designers were selected as finalists (Jeffrey Sebelia, Laura Bennett, Ulrike "Uli" Herzner, and Mychael Knight), with no decoy collection to serve as a distraction before the finale aired, and allowed to compete at New York Fashion Week.

In a "Reunion" episode that aired on October 4, viewers voted Mychael Knight as their favorite designer, earning him a $10,000 prize.

The season finale aired on October 18, 2006 with Jeffrey Sebelia voted winner by the judges. Winning alongside with designer Sebelia was his model, Marilinda Rivera, edging out models Nazri Segaro (for Uli Herzner), Camilla Barungi (for Laura Bennett), and Clarissa Anderson (for Mychael Knight), to take the coveted Elle fashion spread.

Jeffrey Sebelia was accused of having outside help to finish his garments by fellow competitor Laura Bennett. The issue was investigated, and it was declared that he had followed the guidelines and did not violate any rules that would prevent him from continuing in the competition at Fashion Week. Because he could not produce a receipt for a pair of leather shorts he had sent out for pleating, he removed that item from the show. In addition, because he had gone over budget by $227.95, he removed the blonde wigs he had planned for his runway models in order to drop below budget.

Uli was the runner-up to the title, also highly praised by the judges for her collection. Designer Mychael Knight was first eliminated in the season finale for his collection titled "Street Safari." Mychael was a fan favorite, but his line did not appeal to the judges in Fashion Week. Knight was also eliminated due to his lack of industry experience. Designer Laura was second eliminated in the finale for her collection of cocktail dresses and evening wear, with the judges praising how expensive the items in the collection looked. At the time Laura was pregnant with her sixth child. Jeffrey won the competition, and his girlfriend and son were there to celebrate his win with him. He was also the winner of a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster.

During Season 5, there was a poll consisting of the most memorable moments of Project Runway. Among those for Season 3 were Keith's disqualification, Jeffrey's issues with Angela's mom and the controversy about Jeffrey's final collection.

Casting auditions for Season 4 of Project Runway began in April 2007 and production took place in June and July 2007. The fourth season premiered on November 14, 2007, with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor. Earlier in the year Gunn was named Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc. Cast members for Season 4 were revealed during episodes of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

This was the first season a designer was compelled to quit the competition for medical reasons. Jack Mackenroth left in Episode 5 and was replaced by Chris March, who had been the most recently eliminated designer.

This was also the first season in which four designers were chosen to prepare collections for Fashion Week, but only three proceeded on in the competition to show their collections at Fashion Week. Christian Siriano, who had won the last challenge, was assured of presenting his designs at Fashion Week. Jillian Lewis, the runner up in the last challenge, was also guaranteed a spot in Fashion Week. In a new finale twist, Rami Kashou and Chris March were in a deadlock and had to show the three best pieces from their collections to the judges. With these three initial looks, one winner would be chosen to participate in Fashion Week. Rami was selected for the third slot at Bryant Park, and Chris was eliminated.

Kathleen "Sweet P." Vaughn, the last designer eliminated before the finale, produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week, along with Chris March, the designer eliminated in the first part of the finale. Siriano won $10,000 as the Project Runway Season 4 Fan Favorite. Season 3 Fan Favorite winner, Mychael Knight, brought out the check to Christian during the Reunion episode. In the final days of Fashion Week, Christian beat out fellow contestants Jillian and Rami to become the fourth and youngest winner of Project Runway. Winning alongside Christian was his model, Lisa Nargi, who won the coveted Elle fashion editorial featuring his winning designs at Fashion Week, over fellow models Sam Ruggiero (for Rami Kashou) and Lauren Browne (for Jillian Lewis). This was also the first season of the show wherein the final three models did not wear the finale pieces of their respective designers.

Season 5 had a series poll consisting the 22 most memorable moments of Project Runway. The season 4 moments consist of Michael Kors losing it during a competition, Elisa's spit marks, the designers talking about their wrestling names, Jack's departure/Chris's return, Christian's drama with a teen, Sarah Jessica Parker surprising the designers, and Victoria Beckham telling Christian she would love to wear any of his clothing.

Season five began on Wednesday July 16, 2008 at its new time of 9/8c on Bravo with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor with 16 new designers. This first episode was the first time that they repeated a challenge from a previous season which was the Gristedes challenge, in which the designers had to make a design of their choice by what they could find at a grocery store. The episode, featuring a special guest judge appearance by 1st season favorite Austin Scarlett, was intended as an homage to the glories of past PR seasons, the 5th season being the last on Bravo and by original producers Magical Elves.

This season also featured more stars in the acting and music industry than usual. Natalie Portman, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Anton Ohno, Brooke Shields, RuPaul, LL Cool J all were a special guest judge in a challenge. Jennifer Lopez also was supposed to be the guest judge at the finale, but bowed out at the last minute.

For the first time, six people showed collections for Fashion Week. Joe Faris & Stephen "Suede" Baum, the last 2 designers eliminated before the finale, produced a decoy collection. In addition, Jerell Scott, who was eliminated in the first part of the Finale, also showed his collection as a decoy.

For the first time since Season 1, there was no reunion. However, Bravo continued to have the fan favorite contest in which Korto Momolu received $10,000, which was revealed to the audience during the Finale.

The as-yet unaired sixth season was the first season of Project Runway to be filmed in Los Angeles rather than New York. The season was filmed at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and pre-finale filming concluded on Friday, October 17, 2008.

The sixth season had been announced to begin airing in January 2009 on Lifetime, but this did not occur. The announcement occurred before NBC Universal sought preliminary injunctive action effectively enjoining production. The launch may be further delayed due to Lifetime's request that the suit between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Co. be removed to federal court. As of January 30, 2009, the court case is still in state court, with no trial date set.

The three finalists of the sixth season showed their collections at New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 20, 2009, but the finalist designers were not named and did not appear onstage. Their identities were kept secret to protect the suspense when and if the season airs on television.

International versions of Project Runway closely follow the US series format in terms of design briefs, designer and model eliminations, winning prize package, and other related factors such as urban cinematography as well as candid interviews with the designers. The judging panel for these international franchises also mimic the original US version: hosted and judged by a well-known local model or celebrity, a famous local fashion designer and a fashion publishing editor to act as regular co-judges, and a weekly rotating roster of guest judges. The mentors for the competing designers are also selected based on their reputation and knowledge of fashion design and the industry in general. While keeping true to the US series, the international versions try to inject a bit of local flavor and original design challenge concepts in order to differentiate themselves from Project Runway USA. So far, Project Runway has versions in the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines, Korea and Belgium, with Israel and Finland currently in casting.

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