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Heidi Klum's Body of Knowledge: 8 Rules of Model Behavior (to Help You Take Off on the Runway of Life) Paperback – June 27, 2006

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For this self-help book covering everything from health to work to sex, the supermodel best known as the face of Victoria’s Secret attempts to advise readers about their lives by explaining how she handled tricky situations in her own life. But Klum’s experiences, which range from watching the U.S. Open with Donald Trump to chatting awkwardly with Prince backstage at the Tonight Show, will be difficult for the average person to relate to. The basis for Klum’s "rules," such as "You Have to Want It, Baby (Desire)," "Be a Jet-Setter (Travel)" and "Make a Fashion Statement (Statement)," are certainly admirable. But Klum doesn’t explicate them nearly as much as she writes about her own life, making this book feel more like an authorized biography. Several celebrities Klum counts as friends provide interesting sidebars: Harvey Weinstein on how to break into the entertainment business, Michael J. Fox on how to find humor in any situation, etc. Klum’s fans will want the book for its photos alone, which include the infamous snapshot of her biting Evander Holyfield’s ear and a 43-page portfolio of her personal favorites. There are more practical self-help books on the shelves, but none have such beautiful photos and as many pages of fodder for celebrity enthusiasts.
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About the Author

Heidi Klum is an internationally recognized model who has been featured in many top fashion magazines and prestigious campaigns, including a long-running association with Victoria’s Secret. Heidi is also the executive producer and host of the hit reality show Project Runway. She lives in New York City. You can visit Heidi at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400098319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400098316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,434,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Moran on December 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found the reviews below a bit confusing, and when I'd finished reading them I was not at all sure I wanted this book. But I bought it in spite of reservations and I'm glad I did. The book is 200 pages long. About 50-60 pages are text. Of that text fewer than ten pages are by other people. So figure you get 50 pages of writing by HEIDI with her assistant Alexandra Postman. I don't mind the use of a writer. All writers need editors, and non-writers need a writer to help them get the point across - particularly in a second language. There are places in the writing where it is very clear that Heidi was writing, and others where it is clear that Alexandra was. Heidi has a distinct writing style - most people do - and I wish that had been preserved a bit more. That's why the one star off.

Now to the content. First let me say that I am a photographer, and have used models in my work for about as long as Heidi has been modeling. There is a lot of good advice on modeling in here. And plenty that an aspiring model should be aware of. Some is practicle "Be on time", "Watch your mood". This is stuff people can actually do, that helps a lot. Some of it is not advice but stuff want to be models really need to know: casting calls with 200 girls (sometimes many more), *thousands* of calls before you get a paying job - even if you look like HEIDI, in the first two years you pay to get tested, the price was $200 for her ten years ago, but the better photographers are charging $400+ these days. And you need to do this at least once a week, both to build your book, and most importantly to get experience in front of the camera. Finally there is the advice the book intends to give you, it's motivational and inspirational and involves deep aspects of a persons personality.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Seaman on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book already being a fan of Heidi Klum, which may taint my opinion of it. But, I thought I'd post to give a viable alternative to the other reviews (since most reviews on this whole site are either "This is the greatest ever", "I give it 5 out of 5 even though it has flaws", or "This is a pile of [swear words]").

First, what this book IS NOT:

A step-by-step guide of how to get into modeling.

A kiss-and-tell of all her famous relationships.

A dish-the-dirt on other famous models.

A highly detailed biography chronicling her entire life.

A graduate-level text on important societal issues.

What this book IS:

200 pages, at least half of which is photos.

A collection of stories about the major and/or interesting events of her life, including how she got into modeling.

Her advice on how to be successful in work and play (including love and sex).

Advice from some of the famous people she's met on how to be successful.

Some of my thoughts:

Many of the photos can't be found on the web and some of them are her best ever.

The influence of Alexandra Postman is evident if you compare this with her TV and magazine interviews or her chapter in "Gig: Americans Talk About their Jobs". But, overall, the book is a fair reflection of the kind of person Heidi is.

In talking about how she got into modeling, she didn't emphasize the fact that she stayed in school and kept off of drugs, which I would have liked.

Not all of her advice is valuable to everyone, but a lot of it is. Sometimes, she comes across as not realizing that most people can't live the life she has lived since we don't all have supermodel incomes or connections, but her message comes across loud and clear: be the best person you can be, work hard to accomplish your goals, and go out there and have fun!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Werner on December 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yes, the book is light on words and heavy on pictures, but the few words go right to the core of the topic: how to succeed in life and be happy.

Heidi give you her advice, and the advice of many others, on the art of enjoying life and helping others enjoy their own lives. If more people applied her simple, yet profound, rules, the world would be a much better place.

Overall, it's an enjoyable, quick read which, if taken to heart, will help anyone be what they want to be and be a better person.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carly Rae on January 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Heidi Klum has so much personality and spunk and none of it found its way to the pages of this book. I was mildly disappointed, I was hoping for the best. Her current job - as host and executive producer of Project Runway on Bravo networks is brilliant, where is any of that in this book?

I was so bored I ended up reading her book in less than thirty minutes. The pictures are fun to see and her lists of what to do in order to be a model may be helpful to those looking for that type of insight. I was looking for a refreshed interpretation of a model's life. On the bright side, it is better than Paris Hilton's book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is easy to read and is very visual much like a magazine, hence the cover art. It is packed with photographs from Heidi's long career. The layout is done in short segments so that it seems like a magazine filled with stories. There are several how-to lists like one that records what members of the opposite sex should know about each other.

This book is a fun, female oriented account from a popular super model. Men will like the book for the many photographs, many of them semi-nude. It includes a bit of a biography telling how Klum got into modeling and information about her family. However, like a magazine, this book is nothing outstanding. The information is grazed over and the many how-to articles do not really add much. The opinions held are often those that can be found in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan.
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