Supermodel Heidi Klum clones herself for Halloween

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Heidi Klum took Halloween to multiple levels as she cloned herself for her 17th annual Halloween party in New York on Monday (October 31).

Klum appeared from a shipping crate with five look-alikes wearing prosthetics molded to look like her on the red carpet.

"People always ask me, how do you do it all? You have four children, you travel around the world. You know, I have so many different jobs, I have three TV shows a year. So you know, I thought, I wish I could clone myself, sometimes. Wait a minute, light bulb, Halloween, and here we are," explained Klum.

The television personality is known for her elaborate and time-consuming costumes, that range from an old lady to a skeleton.

This year, Klum said it took her roughly an hour to prepare, but it took her clones 11 hours.

"It took awhile because they had to put my face on all the girl's faces. So there are all prosthetic pieces, then wigs, then lashes. And then you have to paint onto of the prosthetics, which is also very hard to do," said Klum.

Each year celebrity attendees get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up in clever and creative costumes.

South African comedian and Daily Show host, Trevor Noah came as a character from "Coming to America." Tony Award winner, Cynthia Erivo, spent six hours to become a character from the film "Avatar."

How Halloween is celebrated around the world

  • In the tenth month of the lunar calendar, usually around September, Cambodian Buddhists celebrate P'chum Ben, or the Festival of the Dead.
  • During this 14-day stretch, they will wake before dawn each morning to prepare offerings of food and other gifts to monks and their ancestors.
  • This festival is a day when people wear their best outfits, get together, listen to music and speeches by monks at their local pagoda, and chow down on the specially-prepared food.
  • Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico, shares some of its origins with Halloween, and falls on the same day as well.
  • Los Dias de los Muertos might be one of Mexico's best-known events as a blending of the European traditions brought by the Spanish, the Aztecs and the Mayan people.
  • Sugar skulls, the most recognisable symbol of this festival, are full of significance.
  • Each skull, moulded from clay, is decorated and finished with the name of a departed loved one on its forehead.
  • Gaijatra, also called the Festival of the Cows, is a Nepalese festival celebrated for eight days in August and September.
  • During this time, a procession of cows marches through the centre of town, led by family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one within the last year.
  • If a cow cannot be found, a boy dressed as a cow will replace it.
  • In Hinduism, cows are believed to be holy, and they are believed to guide the recently deceased to the afterlife.
  • Gaijatra is a light-hearted celebration of death, which helps ease the suffering of both those who have passed on and those who have remained on earth.
  • Obon, also known as the Festival of the Dead in Japan, is held every year in August.
  • Japanese families use this time to gather together, so many people return to their hometowns.
  • A variety of foods such as vegetables and fruits are offered to the spirits of ancestors, some shaped in horses and other animals.
  • The streets of the towns come alive with music and dancing; ladies in authentic kimonos sway gracefully to percussive rhythms and voices raise in harmony to sing songs of old Japan.
  • The Hungry Ghost Festival, beginning on the fifteenth night of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar, is a tradition upheld in countries like Singapore and Malaysia.
  • During this month-long festival, it is believed that ghosts are able to roam the earth, where they seek food and entertainment.
  • Locals caution that an ignored or disrespected spirit may get up to mischief.
  • Throughout the month, boisterous public shows are staged, and offerings are made to the deceased, such as the burning of joss paper or hell bank notes.
  • You might also catch the burning of huge paper houses and luxury sports cars.
  • After the festival, people light water lanterns and set them free in lakes or rivers to help lead the hungry ghosts back to where they came from.

 

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