Heidi Klum is not your average model. The German-American beauty is an Emmy-award-winning TV producer and host, an international business mogul and an occasional actress. Now she can add artist to her résumé.
Klum, who’s on the cover of December’s Ocean Drive Magazine(her seventh time), worked with the glossy and furniture brand Roche Bobois to create the celebrity collaboration, “Futurif Art Project.” The “America’s Next Top Model” judge joined such fellow notables as Venus Williams and artist AHOL in re-creating the brand’s iconic FURTIF desk, which will be auctioned off to benefit local charity, Lotus House.
Klum, 43, told Ocean Drive she has no problem being called a “cougar” (her boyfriend Vito Schnabel is 30): “It’s not about age. We have an amazing connection, we have fun together, and we love each other. It doesn’t matter what people say.”
Klum was pulling double duty during Art Week: Schnabel is a top art dealer, and the pair did the rounds with top gallerists and clients. The Victoria’s Secret Angel explains that she was immersed in the art world well before her relationship, though, saying, “Art [and math] were my majors in school. I have always loved to paint. Being involved with someone who is so good at this, [Vito] is an amazing teacher of all that is new now. Going to school, you learn about the Picassos and Warhols of the world and different time periods. Now I learn more about contemporary art, cultures, and what is now.”
Miami.com talked to Klum about Miami and her work.
This is your seventh Ocean Drive cover — what do you love about the magazine and Miami so much?
It’s always amazing shooting with Ocean Drive, that’s why I keep coming back! The magazine has become a staple in Miami; I love working with everyone down here. The city has that “go big or go home” mentality, which is always fun to take on during a shoot.
How have you seen Miami change over the years?
I first came to Miami in the late ’90s when I was starting out my modeling career, and the city was just as fun then as it is now. It has only gotten more gorgeous and fun over the years.
How would you compare the art world to the entertainment world?
The art world and the entertainment world aren’t as different as people may think. The mediums are different whether it’s film or photography or a canvas, but the creativity and thought that goes into each is similar.