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Heidi Klum On Her Oscars Dress: 'I Did Actually Make it Very Modest'

03/18/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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When Heidi Klum arrived at Elton’s John’s Oscars party in that eye-popping plunging gold gown we thought that maybe her, um, assets accidentally busted open a seam (or five) on the way to the bash.

Well, it turns out that the Project Runway host, 39, actually had the Julien Macdonald dress altered to be less revealing. Yes, you read that right.

“You should have seen it before!” she told PEOPLE at a launch party for her spring New Balance pieces. “I did actually make it very modest; it was all the way down to my belly button.”

Blame it on the supermodel’s killer cleavage, which she’s understandably proud of.

“To me it wasn’t even that risky,” Klum added. “Those are my boobs, you know? If they were like all the way down to my knees I would be like, ‘Okay, maybe that’s the wrong dress,’ but I felt like, Why not?”
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And while she acknowledges that her red carpet taste falls on the daring end of the style spectrum (“My publicist would probably rather I wear more conservative, safer clothes,” she quipped), she enjoys pushing the envelope.

“I like to have fun. I take chances and I do what I want,” she explained. “Maybe not everyone gets it; maybe some people say it doesn’t look good on me. [But if] I feel great in it, I wear it.”

Tell us: What do you think of Klum’s style?

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Raha Lewis

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eliannparker on

It’s not the plunge that’s the problem so much as the fact that it looks quite shapeless otherwise. Ms. Klum has a knockout bod, and she altered the dress…why didn’t she make a few adjustments around the edges then? By sewing the front together they pulled it all out of shape. If you want to push the envelope, that’s great. You shouldn’t look cheap and “off the rack” while you do it though.

lorelei51h57 on

Heidi has worn much more flattering designs. I don’ think the dress did her any justice, and yes, it did make her boobs look like the were traveling south in a hurry. She is a beautiful woman, but since her divorce she has moved a bit to the sleazy side in the dress department. To bad, I hope she reverses the trend because in a short time she will be the butt of jokes by some very cruel people.

Belle on

i think its too bad that since her split with Seal she has come out so much more desperate and aggressive looking instead of classy. I used to think she was a fun, classy, hard-working mom-business owner but now she seems to be trying too hard. I don’t care for the dress at all as its not flattering but simply exposing her boobs in a risky, not flattering way. Go back to classy with a little more coverage but still a little risk. That’s my vote. But probably doesn’t matter anyway, right? lol

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