Happy 7th Birthday Leni Samuel!

Name: Helene ‘Leni’ Samuel

Date of Birth: May 4, 2004

Parents: Heidi Klum & Seal Samuel

Siblings: Henry Gunther Adeola Dashtu (09/15/05), Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo (11/22/06) & Lou Sulola (10/09/09)


  • She is most often called Leni, short for Helene
  • She loves her ballet lessons and takes Taekwondo classes with her brothers
  • Leni is pals with the Beckham boys and attended Romeo’s 8th birthday this past fall
  • Her biological father is Flavio Briatore (also dad to 1-year-old Falco Nathan), however, Heidi has stated that he is not involved in her life and that “Seal is Leni’s father”, a fact which became even more certain when Seal legally adopted her in December 2009, changing her last name from Klum to Samuel
  • Mom Heidi’s last name has also been changed to Samuel, though it’s believed she’ll continue to use Klum professionally

“It’s [the adoption] only happened fairly recently. But it doesn’t make her any more or less my daughter. She always has been. All it means is that both Heidi and I wanted her to have the same last name as the rest of us. It was about Leni. I don’t want her to feel different because I know what that’s like, being a kind of stepson. And I don’t want that dynamic for my little girl.” – Seal, on legally adopting Leni.

“Leni loves dresses and being a girlie girl. She hasn’t really gone beyond pink. She actually came to the runway one day and she looked at the fashion show. She wasn’t too impressed because it wasn’t girlie enough. It was too sophisticated, maybe, and there wasn’t enough pink in the clothes so she didn’t love it so much.” – Heidi, on her daughter’s sense of style.

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