In case you missed the memo during her nearly three-decade-long career, Heidi Klum is quite comfortable in her skin.
And in the December issue of Ocean Drive magazine, the 43-year-old supermodel-turned-mogul bares it all — starting with her relationship with 30-year-old contemporary art dealer Vito Schnabel and their highly publicized vacations, where she’s been photographed topless.
“I grew up going to nude beaches with my parents, so I’m a nudist,” the Project Runway, America’s Got Talent and Germany’s Next Top Model judge says. “I have no problems with nudity at all. I’m very free. When I go to the beach, it’s in a very remote place where there are not a lot of people, and I like to go topless.”
Preferably without the looming presence of paparazzi.
Unfortunately, Klum and Schnabel — who were first romantically linked in 2014 — haven’t been able to escape the tabloid gossip, much of which has fixated on their 13-year age difference.
“It’s not about age,” Klum says. “We have an amazing connection, we have fun together, and we love each other. It doesn’t matter what people say. As long as you know when you close your door in your own home, you have an amazing time together. That’s really all that matters.”
It’s that same tunneling focus that has empowered Klum not just in her romantic relationships, but in her relationship with her body and the fashion industry.
Reflecting on the initial flack she received for her curvy frame, Klum shares: “(I was told) that I'm too curvy. Too feminine… that I should be skinnier. And that I'm not edgy enough and a little too happy half of the time,” she told the magazine. “Everyone was always telling me maybe I should skip a meal or I should go on these (diet) pills."
"I just always stuck to my guns and thought either they want me the way I am or this is not the right job for me.”