The Photographer Behind Heidi Klum's Sexiest Instagram Photos: Her Mom!

04/03/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Heidi Klum Dr. SchollsStephen Lovekin/Getty

Heidi Klum has worked with some of the world’s greatest photographers on her sexy photoshoots: Rankin. Norman Jean Roy. And … her mom?

Yep! Erna Klum is the mastermind behind many of the supermodel’s daringly bare Instagram pics. “My most sexy photos I would say she took,” Klum told PEOPLE at the Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk insole launch. “She’s like, ‘Ooh, move this way, move that way!”

In fact, some of her most risqué photos have been her mom’s idea, Klum admits. “There’s one people talked about where I was hugging a palm tree and I was topless? My mom took that one,” Klum says. “When I had a sandy butt? My mom took that one. So my mom is responsible for those pictures.”

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When she’s not snapping pics on the beach, Klum’s hard at work in heels (which might explain why she’s the face of the new Dr. Scholl’s campaign). “I’ve been working as a model for 20 years, and I’m always, always, always, always in my heels,” she says. “I’m so used to my feet hurting … I probably wear heels more than I wear flats.”

So does the professional runway walker ever give her arches a break and slip into something more comfy in her downtime? “Rarely. Sometimes if I have to go straight from work to the airport, then I will bring something in my bag to change into,” Klum says. “After I fly and have swollen feet, then I put some flat shoes on afterward, but I normally don’t.”

While she’s grown used to strutting in sky-high stilettos herself, Klum says she “very rarely” lets her daughters (Leni, 9 1/2, and Lou, 4 1/2) wear the look. “Leni has some heels. Lou has a little cha-cha heel. Every once in a while they get to wear them, like if we go to a special dinner,” Klum tells PEOPLE. “But I don’t think you should form their little feet into heels yet.”

The girls do look forward to when Mom gets ready for a night on the town, though. “They love when I go to major events and I have real gowns on, like if I go to the Oscars or Golden Globes,” Klum says. “When I go downstairs, my girls are always like, ‘Oh, Mommy, you look like a princess!'”

What do you think of Klum’s surprise photographer? Are you a heels or flats girl yourself?

–Jeff Nelson

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KD on

Old news, this came out months if not over a year ago.

Shannon on

Seriously creepy. What mother would exploit her daughter like that?? Doesn’t matter if she is 16 or 46, moms should remind their daughters to be demure, pure and modest. Enough of this oversexed society already!

Alexis on

Well said Shannon!!!

DaisyMoon on

At least it’s not any of her sons, which is what I thought the article was going to reveal…

bmwatson7 on

I don’t think this is weird at all. Heidi has been a model for a very long time. Her mother has probably been there for previous photo shoots when Heidi was much younger. In addition, it’s probably second nature to Heidi to appear in the nude. She is the art and the muse, in a sense. It’s a profession that she and have family has obviously grown used to. Heidi’s mom has changed her diapers. There is nothing disgusting or creep about this story. It’s nice that Heidi has a supportive mother.

mimi on

they are Germans, Germany is not so prude like Americans. Germans has problems with weapons or violence in media, not wirh naked butts or nipples and I think this is a very good thing.

kw on

Got nothing to do with being “prude” Mimi…its about not pimping out your own kid, no matter the age.

Txfashionista on

Nevermind who took the pics….what did she do to her face? It looks frozen in places! I don’t know what women are injecting into their faces these days, but I’m noticing more and more that their upper lip looks frozen and stretched when they try to smile. Aging is a privilege. I wish women would just accept the aging process and do it gracefully.

Smithy on

Heidi Klum is overexposed, overrated and has awful style. 90% of her outfits are horrendous. Her new bangs are awful too.

lightbrite on

MIMI ..NO NO just because they are German doesn’t make it less nasty…Gezz the German Primp Mama Kris

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