Opinions differ on Project Runway host Heidi Klum. She's as nice as Naomi Campbell is naughty. She did for Bravo Network what Michael Jackson did for MTV (and then gave new life and non-menopausal viewers to Lifetime). She got twin Emmy nominations for a show that's more than just an America's Top Model knockoff -- it's the only show on TV about the artistic creative process.
Not bad for a girl who started out wearing Victoria's Secret Angel wings and flexing her projectiles like twin V-2 rockets poised at Peenemunde to level London. Not since Arnold has a German with a huge chest conquered so many American hearts.
On the other hand, has anyone ever been so boring? Even her nickname, The Body, is boring. But millions of Runway addicts can't be wrong.
On the eve of what could be her biggest season, we honor her with a Film.com Fever Chart, which documents the lifetime highs and lows of our favorite celebrities. If you think we've left out any highs (or lows), sound off loud in the comments section below!
Born in Germany to a father in the cosmetics biz and hairdresser mom. Their professions gave her a useful education, but the German nudity tradition serves her still better. "I have no problem being naked at all -- I come from a place where I am used to running around naked." Temperature: 98.7 degrees
Gets kicked out of class for not paying attention and talking to her girlfriends. Gets bad grades. Gets teased by mean boys. "I took his head and shoved it into the [dog] sh*t. He never teased us again." Excellent preparation for dealing with the kind of guy she'll meet in the modeling world. Temperature: 98.8 degrees
At 18, enters a girls' magazine modeling contest on a whim, and wins. Temperature: 100 degrees
Everybody in the business tells her she's too fat to make it. "I have a woman's body: I have hips, I have boobs, I have a butt. There is nothing I can change about those things even if I lose weight. You have to learn to accept your body and like your body." Others learn, too. Makes it as cover girl for Vogue and Elle and becomes a Victoria's Secret Angel, the biggest angels since Charlie's. Temperature: 120 degrees
Accepts hairdresser Ric Pipino's proposal on the phallic Empire State Building. Saws a log in half at the reception, according to German custom. Later, they'll saw the marriage in half too. Temperature: 122 degrees
Does a career-capping Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover, and a Maxim cover ungallantly pointing out that her name "Rhymes With Boom-Boom." Even more ungallantly, SI's Steve Rushin notes that Heidi Klum is an anagram for "I'm like, 'Duh.'" Temperature: 182 degrees
Models the Click Bra, Victoria's Secret's attempt to update the Wonderbra with a gizmo that expands bust protuberance with a three-click switch. It doesn't quite click like the Wonderbra did, but it doesn't do her figure or her fame any harm. Temperature: 200 degrees
Helps make voluminous hooters so popular that Mim Udovitch in Esquire proclaims America "a falsie culture." But Heidi proves: be true to your boobs and they'll never be false to you. Temperature: 230 degrees
At 1999 Victoria's Secret Valentine's Day show, feels fretful: ''On the runway you always wish your body was a little tighter, and you worry that if you walk too fast things start to jiggle.''Temperature: 231 degrees
Helps provoke John Casablancas to quit his Elite modeling agency after decades, according to the ever-charming Casablancas: "There have also been a series of events which wore me out. Heidi Klum, basically she was a talentless German sausage ... we made her a star and the moment we found her an enormous contract with Victoria's Secret, she stupidly changed agents." Heidi misses him too. Temperature: 233 degrees
Makes movie debut in Blow Dry as a two-timing hair model who asks her adulterous beautician lover to style her pubic hair in a heart shape. Aww! True romance. Heidi tells Fox gossip Roger Friedman, "I think we could market the look. It could be called 'the Klum.' And in different colors, too, don't you think? And different flavors, too!" The Washington Post calls it "a role of virtually no dramatic importance whatsoever." Temperature: 234 degrees
Plays Michael J. Fox's girlfriend on Spin City.
Temperature: 235 degrees
Inadvertently humiliates handbag designer Kate Spade on vacation in Baja California by emerging topless from a pool, causing Spade's husband and every other guy poolside to ignore wives and watch Heidi bounce. Kate feels like an old bag. No cool new handbags for you, Heidi! Temperature: 236 degrees
Wears $11 million bra with the world's second-biggest diamond on Leno, suddenly blurts, "I think my bra broke." Leno cuts to a commercial, gets bra taped together, then lets Heidi do her striptease. The Daily Record newspaper calls her "Klumsy." Protests Heidi, "It's not my fault that they make these bras so unsturdy that I couldn't even yodel without breaking it. It was my tenth appearance on the show, and Jay said: 'Come on! You know today's your 10th time on the show and you promised me that you'd yodel.' So I said: 'Yeah, you promised me a cake if I yodelled.' So he gave me the cake and I had to yodel. And then the bra broke." Temperature: 246 degrees
Gets pregnant at 30 by Formula One mogul Flavio Briatore, 53. "Heidi is the one, I know that," says Flavio. Gives birth to Leni painlessly, loses a pound a day, and therefore doesn't lose $2.5 million Victoria's Secret contract. But Flavio denies paternity and is not present for Leni's birth. That hurts. Temperature: 111 degrees
Plays Ursula Andress in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers on HBO. Is not half bad, even as an actress. Better than Ursula, anyway. Temperature: 122 degrees
Sees Seal in tight shorts and instantly wants to doff hers. "I know a lot of people talk about Seal's bicycle shorts, but it is the truth! That is what he was wearing the first time I met him and I was overwhelmed." Temperature: 134 degrees
Ten months after their first kiss, two days before Christmas 2004, Seal proposed to Heidi in an igloo at 14,000 feet in Whistler, B.C. A pal tells People, "He is the first one to change a diaper." So who needs an aging, modelizing Italian stallion who's going to need adult diapers soon?
Temperature: 155 degrees
Launches brilliant Project Runway, gets criticized for telling a 100-pound contestant she's too fat. Hey, did she make the rules? Temperature: 166 degrees
Has more kids with Seal, manages growing media empire, but still frequently finds time to succumb to the sight of Seal in shorts. Tells him, "Hey baby, 2 o'clock in the attic, 6 o'clock in the closet. The front closet." But she's so dumb, Britney Spears has to tell her she doesn't have to use string to fasten diapers -- she can just use those sticky patches on the sides. Temperature: 177 degrees
Helps other clueless reality-show hosts make utter fools of themselves for a dozen excruciating minutes on the Emmy Awards. Temperature: 89 degrees
Re-enacts Tom Cruise's Risky Business underwear scene for Guitar Hero commercial. It hurts more than childbirth. "The next day I couldn't move anything. Then I had like a rug burn, for the wrong reasons, because I had to jump off the table and land on my knees with the guitar. The problem is head banging, right. I felt like someone hit me in the car. I had backlash." It feels good to 1.5 million viewers on YouTube. Temperature: 200 degrees
Designer Wolfgang Joop says, "She is no runway model. Heidi Klum is simply too heavy and has too big a bust. And she always grins so stupidly." Trying to outdo Joop in the rootin' Teuton bad guy competition, Karl Lagerfeld says, "I don't know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer doesn't know who she is." But we think she does. And Karl Lagerfeld looks like Mickey Rourke in Sin City. While Heidi enters her sixth season walking tall. Temperature: 240 degrees