The model spoke to Ocean Drive magazine about her love of going nude and her insecurities

By Emily Kirkpatrick
Updated November 28, 2016 10:32 AM
Photo Rankin/Courtesy Ocean Drive

It’s the end of November, which means while the rest of us slowly begin to recover from the post-Thanksgiving Day bloat, the Victoria’s Secret girls are busy taking Paris by storm. And while OG Angel Heidi Klum won’t be amongst the lingerie-clad ladies bringing the longstanding runway show abroad this year, the model has never lost her love of strutting around in next to nothing. In fact, in her latest cover interview for Ocean Drive magazine, Klum discusses her preference for nudity, what she looks for in a good set of lingerie, and confesses that even though she poses in the buff professionally that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had her fair share of insecurities.

In her interview with writer Carla Torres, the Heidi Klum Intimates designer talks about her clothing-optional upbringing saying, “I grew up going to nude beaches with my parents, so I’m a nudist. 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.” But although she’d prefer to go au naturel, Klum’s days spent modeling for VS still taught her a thing or two about what makes a great pair of underwear. But when it comes to what’s sexy in the underpinnings department, she insists, “Everyone should do what they want to do, [even if it’s] thigh-high stockings and a garter belt that shows a little bit when you sit at the dinner table.” She continued, “I don’t think that’s vulgar. I feel comfortable and don’t care if someone sees my nipples necessarily — it’s okay to see the nipple! But not everyone feels comfortable with that.”

And given her penchant for going topless, it should come as no surprise that for Klum the best lingerie is all about celebrating whatever you’ve got. “I love a natural shape,” she says, “I don’t love big push-up bras and boobs right under your neck! That was yesterday. I thought we need to do something different for the super sexy girls who have lots of push-up bras but also love no lining inside, where it’s all lace. My whole slogan, what I tell my design team, is always ‘more boobs, less bra.'”

Though Klum obviously has a ton of confidence, posing in front of all those cameras in just her underwear, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t still experienced some self-doubt. She tells the magazine, “When you’re a normal girl from a small town and no one really takes note of you, and then all of a sudden you’re walking down a catwalk in your lingerie and on the cover of Sports Illustrated and all these people are turning their heads when you go into a restaurant and pointing their finger at you saying, ‘She’s not as pretty in person as she is in photos,’ you get a little insecure. You always get judged, so you have to learn how to handle that.”

The model has also been told, “That I’m too curvy. Too feminine. I got that a lot. That I should be skinnier. And that I’m not edgy enough and a little too happy half of the time. Everyone was always telling me maybe I should skip a meal or I should go on these [diet] pills.” But Heidi doesn’t let the haters get her down, adding, “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.” Good advice for both professional lingerie wearers and novices alike.

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