Born September 15, 1986, reality TV star Heidi Montag was raised in Crested Butte, Colorado. She moved to California after high school to study at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. It was there she met and befriended Lauren Conrad, star of Laguna Beach, MTV’s hit reality show. Heidi appeared in several episodes of the show.
With Lauren, Heidi moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The roommates starred on a Laguna Beach spinoff ,The Hills, also on MTV. During the first season Heidi dropped out of FIDM to work for the event-planning firm Bolthouse Productions. The following year she began dating bad boy Spencer Pratt. Lauren and Spencer’s dislike for each other caused a rift between Heidi and Lauren and prompted fans of the show to set up two camps, Team Lauren and Team Heidi.
Heidi moved in with Spencer in 2007, and the couple announced their engagement later that year. Also that year, Heidi had her first of several plastic surgeries, getting a nose job and breast augmentation and going from an A-cup to a full 32C. She showed off her new look in a 2008 cover and photo spread for Maxim, and again with her Hills costars on Rolling Stone.
She launched her music career with her first single, “Higher,” and an accompanying video, which featured Heidi romping on the beach as filmed by Spencer. The couple eloped to Mexico in 2008, although the state of California does not legally recognize marriages of American citizens performed out of the United States. They were legally married in a 2009 ceremony in Pasadena, California in front of 200 guests.
Later that year Heidi released her first two extended plays, “Here She Is…” and “Wherever I Am,” which included the hit dance song “More Is More,” and she showed off her curves for Playboy, appearing on the cover and in a centerspread.
Not yet happy with that body, Heidi underwent 10 surgeries in one day in the fall of 2009, including another breast augmentation. She revealed her work to People. “For the past three years, I’ve thought about what to have done,” Heidi told the magazine. “I’m beyond obsessed.”
Heidi released her debut studio album “Superficial” in 2010 and wrapped up The Hills. She and Spencer filed for divorce that year but later reconciled. The couple went on to appear on the British version of Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and then Marriage Boot Camp in 2015.