Heidi Klum’s Chiseled Cheekbones Are the Focus of This Stunning Throwback

The 1998 SI Swimsuit Issue cover star dazzled in this archival pic.
Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum.

Heidi Klum appears to be feeling nostalgic, as the supermodel shared a throwback to her early industry days on Instagram on Wednesday.

The SI Swimsuit legend showed off her iconic smolder in the photograph, which showcased Klum’s incredible cheekbones and voluminous brunette locks. The model’s hazel eyes peered into the camera lens as Klum held the collar of her white-and-gold shirt with one hand.

While Klum didn’t indicate where or when the photo was from, we can assume it was captured circa the early 1990s, due to the 50-year-old’s accompanying caption. 

@leniklum this is me at your age now 🙃❤️📸🤪,” Klum noted of her 19-year-old daughter.

While the America’s Got Talent judge often has her comments turned off on Instagram, they were enabled on the post, which garnered tons of feedback from her 11.7 million followers. 

“Getting better with age 😍😍,” 2022 SI Swimsuit Issue cover star and fellow model Maye Musk gushed.

“They look 100% alike,” one fan noted of the mother-daughter duo. Leni is also a model, and the two have done several Intimissimi lingerie campaigns together. They were also featured on the January-February 2021 cover of Vogue Netherlands alongside one another. 

“she looks so much like you at that age,” someone else concurred.

While Leni acknowledged to People last fall that she got her start in the industry thanks to her famous mother, she added that she’s worked for the opportunities she’s earned, like her ambassadorships with Dior Beauty and ghd.

“I did get help starting off, and I know that people would dream to start off with what I had,” she told the outlet. “I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to take what was gifted to me by my mom. But I am doing the work and putting in the time. Now I’m working on my own, traveling alone, going to school. My mom and I just have the same love for the same thing."

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.