Fashion icon Heidi Klum has amazed fans with astonishing throwback photos from one of her earliest modelling shoots.
The 50-year-old supermodel’s mum found the Polaroids in a long-forgotten box in the basement of the family home in Germany.
Amazed Heidi realised they were her entry snaps for a TV modelling contest when she was just 18 years old in 1992.
Heidi is now known to a new generation of fans as a judge on a new TV reality modelling show ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’.
She explained: “My mom brought me a box with lots of old photos from the basement.
“Similar to how I look at photos and videos of models for GNTM, these photos were my application photos for my model competition from 1992.”
The snaps, shared with Heidi’s 11.6 million social media followers, show her with her natural light brown hair instead of her trademark platinum locks of today.
In one, the young Heidi wears a one-piece swimsuit as she straddles a chair and smoulders at the camera.
Others show her side on bending over and another has her with her arms up behind her head.
Another snap shows her in a black and white swimsuit flaunting her long hair and a big smile as she holds her hands on her knees.
In another photo in the same outfit, she looks aside while gently leaning her left leg to the front.
Despite the remarkably unsophisticated amateur snaps, Heidi went on to win a place in a modelling competition in the TV show ‘Gottschalk’ in 1992.
Star host Thomas Gottschalk, then Europe’s biggest TV star, later declared Heidi the winner of the final.
But Heidi was almost rejected in casting because she measured just 176 centimetres (5ft 8inches).
Show producer Holm Dressler told German newspaper Bild: “We had actually already eliminated her.
“But then we said: ‘Whatever, THIS one has something special’.
“Heidi was shy, but at the same time, incredibly warm and natural. So we invited her after all.”
In May this year, Heidi and her daughter Leni Clum, 19, hit the headlines when they posed in a campaign for the lingerie brand Intimissimo.