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.
She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and in 1999 became the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel.
In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship.
After winning, she appeared on the Gottschalk Late Night Show, a German television show with host Thomas Gottschalk.
In 2009, Klum became Barbie's official ambassador on Barbie's 50th anniversary.
As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in movies including Blow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), and made cameo appearances in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Perfect Stranger (2007).