Slideshow April 2008

The Celebrity Hunters

David Samuels, the author of "Shooting Britney" in the April Atlantic, interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles

Heidi Klum—Dentist's Office in Beverly Hills

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Brandy: “You definitely want to see the mom being happy with the kids and the kids being happy with the mom. So here we have Heidi Klum, who is married to the singer Seal, with their two kids. The other interesting thing about the picture is that her daughter Leni is so accessorized and cute – and of course the fact that their daughter looks white and their son looks black.

“Race is a huge focus of the comments when we put a shot of Heidi and Seal together. We get a lot of racist comments. It’s kind of ugly to say that, but it’s definitely true. There are also a lot of people who support it – it’s beautiful, this beautiful woman married a black man and had children with him and sending a message to the world that interracial relationships are great.

"It’s interesting to look at Heidi and Seal and their family and Brad and Angelina and their family. With Heidi and Seal it’s very genuine; with Angelina and Brad it seems a bit forced. Why you would go outside your country and adopt kids in questionable circumstances where you might not be aware of how the adoption system works? I guess at its core it's beautiful, but there are plenty of American kids who need homes, too. Of three kids she’s adopted they’ve all been foreign. It seems to me like she is making a “statement” about something, and using these children to do it.”

Regis: “Germany has a cover a week on Heidi Klum and Seal. Heidi Klum married a black man and had children with him, and they seem happy together. The nation is still in shock. I like her for that.”

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