Heidi Klum on the pressure of red carpet dressing

Heidi Klum hosts the 2012 MTV EMAs, airing Sunday at 11 p.m. on MTV2.

What made you choose Versace for your wardrobe at the MTV EMAs? 

A music awards show is very different from, say, the Oscars. MTV is hip, young and fun. The Versace dresses I’ll be wearing aren’t glamorous gowns. They’re short, hot and cool. Very rock ‘n’ roll. When I saw what Donatella sent, I thought, “This is it!” Some of the pieces had to be made especially for me because the ones straight off the runway don’t always fit me. I’m not that thin. 

Dressing up for an awards show seems to come with so much pressure! What are a few rules that you normally stick by in  order to avoid bad photo-ops and worst-dressed lists?

I’m not a very conservative person. I like to stay true to myself and stick to my instinct. When I fall in love with an outfit, I just go for it. I don’t care what people are going to say.

When you look back on your awards show red carpet looks, are there any that you wish you could banish from the Internet forever?

No, even though people have put me on the worst-dressed list a few times. I always think, “I liked the way I looked that day.” Sometimes people go back 10 years and they’re like, “Ha ha! Look what you were wearing!” Fashion changes. Maybe that hairdo and that kind of dress were really cool 10 years ago, but not today. I’m in fashion. I wear what’s current, fun and trendy.

What’s your favorite red carpet moment of all time?

I’ve worn so many great dresses so it’s hard to pin it down to one. I’ve had Roberto Cavalli cut me out leather pants into super tiny shorts, or there was this crazy lime green dress I wore with turquoise thigh-high boots. I’ve also gone to the Oscars with a beautiful red Galliano dress and a gigantic bun over my head.

What makeup items will you have on hand to get you through the night?

Blotting paper, as I’ll probably be sweating a lot with the lights. I don’t like to over-powder, it’s too much. I’m a heavy lip-licker when I get nervous and I keep licking my lipstick off, so I’ll be applying lip-gloss nonstop or wear a lip stain that just stays on.

What’s the worst thing that could happen to you on live TV?

If my dress were to split open and I’d be standing there … buck naked. On live TV. That would be pretty embarrassing.



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