Supermodels: They get lice from their kids, just like everyone else.
Heidi Klum, a supermodel, television personality, fashion designer and mother of four, revealed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday that she is just recovering from being covered in critters brought into their home by her children.
“I’m actually lice-free now, as of a few days ago,” Klum said, calling the experience “horrible.” “My daughter was itching and then she had to go to the nurse, and then they looked and sure enough, they found a little egg, and I mean they’re beyond small, so we had the lice fairies come over to our house.”
It’s no surprise the Klum family fell victim, considering strains of lice resistant to over-the-counter remedies were found in 25 states last month. DeGeneres jokingly asked Klum, “Do you bathe?” Klum replied, “Yes, of course we do!”
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Actually, bathing wouldn’t have even helped.
“Lice don’t care whether hair is clean or not and some sources even say they prefer a clean head,” NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar said. “Anyone can get lice, sadly.”
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Biologist Kyong Sup Yoon, an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, believes Klum was infested with head lice rather than body lice since she got them from her children.
“Head louse infestation is not associated with social, economic or personal hygiene status,” said Yoon, who has researched the growing prevalence of treatment-resistant strains of lice in the U.S.
Klum’s solution was to bring in the “lice fairies” for a visit to her and Leni, 11, Henry, 10, Johan, 9, and Lou, 6, her children with ex-husband Seal.
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“There are these fairies that come to the house and brush you for hours and get all of these lice out of your hair,” she joked. “They’re fairies. You do get a certificate from the lice fairies when you go to the school because the school wants to know.”
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