The German-born model and Project Runway host, 44-year-old Heidi Klum never ceases to surprise us. You may love her for her flawless looks or for the way she manages her Project Runway show, but she is also the queen of parties. This Halloween was not any different than the years before. We were eagerly waiting to see what she would do this time, as she is famous for her extravagant and cool costumes that have everyone talking for weeks afterwards (case in point).
This year, Klum arrived at her 18th annual Halloween party with an elaborate dance routine, dressed as the werewolf from Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller video. She previously stated that her costume was going to be scary, but we certainly didn’t expect this masterpiece.
Five years ago, she used to do her own makeup, but her latest costumes included a team of specialists who do prosthetics, special effects makeup, and more, talking to EW she explained…
“They’re having a field day with me because a lot of the time when they do special effects for movies, no actor really wants to go through 10 hours of putting prosthetics on and then afterwards it takes two hours to take them off,” she says. “So they are loving the opportunity every year to work with me because we can always take it up a notch and they can really spend all day and show their craft. It’s such an art form to transform someone into someone completely different, and I love being the canvas for these people.”
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“Halloween is so much fun because you get to be someone else,” the Project Runway host explained. She goes on to describe what made her throw an annual Halloween party 18 years ago. “I thought, ‘I really want to make this something special for people once a year to show their creative side and be someone else,’” she says. “Being dressed up and being someone else, it gives them a different kind of freedom to dance, be more outgoing, and just have a different time.”
Her parties have never had a special theme because she wants guests to have the freedom to be creative. “I have to do something really cool and different,” she says.
Klum also explained that her costume plans start in June each year. “It’s kind of like writing a book,” she says. “At some point, you have to be like ‘OK, this is it, I have to move forward,’ because otherwise all the pieces are never going to be put together in time. “ What’s more, “there is no dress rehearsal,” Klum points out. “I cannot try it on until the day and we always hope it works out.”
Here are some of her most famous Halloween costumes throughout the years and her thoughts on them as told to EW. The list also includes 2017’s installment.
1. Betty Boop (2002)
“She’s like an icon,” Klum says of the cartoon character. “Everyone knows who she is; she’s really recognizable.” It took a lot of transformation to recreate her. Klum had to get rid of her eyebrows and exaggerate her curves. “I bought this weird putty you put on your [eyebrows] to smooth all your hair down. It was like a whole process because then I had to draw my eyebrows all the way on top of my forehead and I had to find a wig that looks like hers. I had this butt built into my dress and boobs built into my dress – because she’s a cartoon and she’s quite curvy like that.”
2. Kali (2008)
She got this idea when she was traveling to India and saw Hindu gods and goddesses. “I just thought it was so amazing to be this strong, powerful woman with all those arms.” The most difficult part for her was rigging up the additional arms. “Instead of having angel wings, because it’s the same kind of mechanism, you wear a backpack type thing,” she explains. Also, she hired a Broadway fashion designer who had also built many angel wings for Victoria’s Secret. “He was like, yeah, it’s kind of like the angel wings, we just stick a lot of arms on it instead of the angel wings,” she says.
“I had all the arms attached,” she explains. “And then basically I had so much hair, so many wigs basically sewn on top of each other so it would hide the straps where I was holding them up. So my hair on my chest down to the right length to hide the backpack part of it…. The hair was really long in the back so you could hide a lot of the things where the arms are being kept together.”
3. Cadaver (2011)
For this costume, Klum was inspired by the popular Bodyworks exhibit which displayed the inner workings of the human body. “It was something I was seeing everywhere, and I was like that’d be cool if I looked like my skin was ripped off and you could see all my muscles and flesh underneath it. It’s Halloween! It’s scary to see what your body looks like when your first layer has been peeled off.”
4. Old Lady (2013)
Loot at her amazing transformation! Klum had to go through intense preparations including a full body cast and 10 hours in the makeup chair for the necessary prosthetics. “Every piece of skin that was exposed needed to have a piece of skin put on top in order for it to look old,” she explains. “I even had little knuckles put on, prosthetic knuckles so my skin would look older, and my nails look more brittle.” Amazing!
5. Butterfly (2014)
She wore the costume because people used to call her schmetterling (the German word for butterfly). “The whole reason for Halloween is that it’s scary and it’s weird and I don’t like to be pretty in the face, so I wanted to be as bug-like as I possibly could,” she explains. The massive wings were a true work of art, but the costume was also challenging. “I had these goggles on… they had these pieces in order to look like I had bug eyes,” she explains. “So I couldn’t really see that well because I had batteries behind there because there were lights inside of those things.”
6. Jessica Rabbit (2015)
She brought the cartoon character to life and had a massive transformation. “To me she is the ultimate fantasy for a man, right? So I was wearing a lot of prosthetics because I wanted to look like a real cartoon character as close as I possibly could,” she explains. She mimicked the cartoon rabbit’s distinctive eyelids, also. “If you really zoom in, you can see my eyes look cartoony. You know how a cartoon or a doll has a different kind of iris?,” she says. “I still have to blink behind that. That’s why we had to do that special cast before so they leave a little bit of air pockets behind the fake lids so my eyes can still open and shut.” Not only that, but she also mimic the character’s voluptuous shape. “The boobs were gigantic and they were really heavy and they were full-on glued to my chest. Same with the butt – I mean nothing was moving. When I was sitting on that butt, that butt was my butt,” says Klum.
7. Clones (2016)
Last year, Klum surprised fans with this seemingly simple costume of her alongside five clones. She claimed it was not as easy as it seemed. “I had to cast five girls that have the same height, the same body, the same legs, so that when we’d all stand in line, we’d all look the same,” explains Klum. “I had a wig maker make wigs for the five girls so they would look exactly the same. It was very difficult to put my face on these five girls’ faces.” Tricky, indeed!
8. Werewolf from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video (2017)
Can you believe that’s Heidi under the fur?
Here are more of her costumes.