Supermodel Heidi Klum, 47, unrecognisable in throwback snap

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Heidi Klum may be known for her long, blonde locks but it turns out the German supermodel is a natural brunette and virtually unrecognisable in snaps from her modelling debut shared to social media.

The 47-year-old rose to fame back in 1992 when she won a national modelling competition at the tender age of 19.

Heidi Klum blonde reveals brunette past
Heidi Klum is known for her long golden locks, but the German model didn't always look this way. Photo: Getty Images

It turns out it was not on the back of the blonde bombshell looks she has come to be known for that the Sports Illustrated star was picked, however, with snaps showing that Heidi cut a very different figure at the time.

In an old headshot, the mum of four shared to Instagram, she looks like a totally different person from a totally different time.

Heidi Klum 19 headshot photo
In this snap from 1992,19-year-old Heidi cut a very different, and darker figure. Photo: Instagram

In the photo, teenage Heidi’s thick, brown hair is arranged in a ‘60s-style updo, a far cry from her trademark loose golden locks.

She is also leaning more towards the 1980s than ‘90s, sporting thick brows and heavy eye makeup.


“It’s been a while,” the Victoria’s Secret Angel wrote beneath the adorable photo, filtered in a sepia tone that almost makes it look more like a historical doppelganger of the model than a throwback pic.

It may be a shocking photo for many, but it’s not the first time she has surprised fans with an old snap of her initial modelling years.

Heidi Klum old photoshoot snap shared to Twitter in 1992
Heidi was working the brunette look hard in 1992, before her career as a Sports Illustrated model took off later that decade. Photo: Twitter

Back in 2012, she shared a hysterical photo from the same time period to Twitter where she revealed that the dark brown she sported at the time was in fact her natural hair colour.

The snap, one of her very first photoshoots, shows a 19-year-old Heidi posing in a formal dress on a bed surrounded by stuffed toys.

With the same dark hair, a dark lip and heavy eye makeup the star looks more like Cindy Crawford than herself and is almost unrecognisable.

The photo was taken after she beat out 25,000 contestants to win the Model 92 competition in Germany which kicked off her international career.

'Wow!” the star captioned the Twitter photo at the time. “Check out this picture from 1992. One of my very first photoshoots. This is my original hair colour!”

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