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Heidi Klum Looks Unrecognizable in Her 2019 Halloween Costume So Shut All the Costume Contests Down Immediately

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Another year, another Halloween — and another game-slaying look from Halloween queen Heidi Klum. Klum, the model and former Project Runway host, has become the de facto matriarch of the dress-up holiday after hosting a lavish annual Halloween costume party for 20 years now; 2019 will mark her 20th annual event.

Already this year, she started strong with green hair and a glittery mini dress getup ahead of her festivities at a Halloween bash hosted by Paris Hilton. In fact, Klum was covered head to toe in glitter apparently dressed as a human firework. (Her husband, Tom Kaulitz, seems to have drawn the glitter line at his face.)


On Sunday night, she upped the ante as a ghostly nun doing her best Madonna “Like a Virgin” at yet another Halloween event.

On Wednesday before the big night, Heidi appeared to tease us with a hint.

“Halloween is almost here! If you are in NYC, join me tomorrow at the @amazon store at 7 West 34th Street to watch me be transformed live into a _______! (Any guesses?)” she captioned the Instagram video.

And at last, on Thursday evening — Halloween itself — Klum documented the process of her extensive transformation into a… flesh-exposed corpse of sorts. She went with a full-body suit of a kind of rubbery, flesh-like material that shows intestines and some internal organs, with strategic placement of metal screws and plates to cover certain areas and accent others; her face, meanwhile, was masked by a strangely cracked-and-smooshed-and-stretched prosthetic.

If you’re looking for futuristic gore, Klum has you covered this year.

Heidi Klum's 20th Annual Halloween Party
Heidi Klum attends Heidi Klum's 20th Annual Halloween Party at Cathédrale on October 31, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/FilmMagic)Gotham—FilmMagic

Last year, Klum took on the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek, transforming into a green ogress for her big night. But that’s not the only impressive look she’s pulled off, even in just the past few years.

Heidi Klum's 19th Annual Halloween Party
Heidi Klum attends Heidi Klum's 19th Annual Halloween Party at Lavo on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)Taylor Hill—FilmMagic

In 2017, she went as the werewolf in Michael Jackson’s music video for spooky (and seasonally-appropriate) hit “Thriller.”

Heidi Klum's 2017 Michael Jackson costume
Heidi Klum attends her 18th Annual Halloween Party in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)Michael Stewart—Getty Images

In 2016, she recruited a brigade of lookalikes to dress up as her clones, creating quite a stir with her doppelgänger squad.

Heidi Klum's 17th Annual Halloween Party - Outside Arrivals
Heidi Klum arrives at her 17th Annual Halloween Party at Vandal on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)Gilbert Carrasquillo—FilmMagic

In the past, she’s also come bedecked as a real-life Jessica Rabbit, a butterfly with elaborate wings and even an aged version of herself.

Heidi Klum's 16th Annual Halloween Party sponsored by GSN's Hellevator And SVEDKA Vodka At LAVO New York - Arrivals
Heidi Klum attends Heidi Klum's 16th Annual Halloween Party sponsored by GSN's Hellevator in New York on October 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Heidi Klum)Nicholas Hunt—2015 Getty Images

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