Leni Klum is a celebrity child model and the daughter of supermodel Heidi Klum. Leni kicked off her own modeling career by appearing with her mom on the cover of the January 2021 cover of Vogue Germany. Her mother Heidi is the world-famous German-born model and television host who has appeared on shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent. The young model says that following in her mother’s footsteps was always her goal in life. “It was only a matter of time before I would try to become a model myself,” she said in a 2020 interview with Vogue. “The first offer came when I was only 12 or 13, from a brand I liked to wear: Brandy Melville. At that time I begged my mother, but no chance. Now I understand that it would have been too early.”
Despite having had a positive experience as a model herself, Heidi Klum had been reluctant to let her daughter get in front of the camera. “The industry is great and I love it and I’ve been in it for over 20 years but also, it’s a lot of traveling, it’s different,” Heidi said in a 2020 interview with People. “You have to be a strong person, especially as a woman you have to be very strong.”However, her daughter got her driver’s license, which marked a turning point in her mother’s eyes when it comes to modeling. “She’s old enough now,” Klum explained to People. “I always thought she was too young. We always also decided to keep the children out of the public eye. But she is driving a car now, she’s 16, so I figured if you can do that, you can also model now if this is what you wish to do.”
Heidi eventually allowed her daughter to model, Leni says that it’s definitely what she was meant to do. “That’s what’s great about being a model,” she told Vogue. “With most other jobs, I would have to suppress my crazy nature to make a ‘professional’ impression. As a model, I can let everything out and just be who I am. The job is the perfect outlet for all the energy I carry inside me.”
Leni Klum Age
She was born Helene Boshoven Samuel or Leni Olumi Klum on May 4, 2004, in New York, New York, United States.
Leni Klum Parents
Her biological father is businessman Flavio Briatore, who was in a relationship with Heidi Klum from 2003 until 2004. The pair broke up before Leni was born and Briatore did not play an active role in his daughter’s life. Heidi went on to get married to singer Seal who eventually adopted Leni as her daughter and even changed her name.
Leni Klum Siblings
She has three half-siblings—Henry, Johan, and Lou, from her mom’s marriage to the singer Seal. Despite the fact that Leni is not biologically related to Seal, she was raised with her siblings and was adopted by Seal when she was five years old. Though Seal and her mother in the end split, Seal is still Leni’s legal father.