Karlie Kloss

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Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss at Anna Sui.jpg
Kloss in 2011 for Anna Sui
Born Karlie Elizabeth Kloss
(1992-08-03) August 3, 1992 (age 22)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Model
Years active 2007–present
Modeling information
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Hair color Dark blonde[2]
Eye color Green
Measurements (US) 31-23-34 (EU) 78.5-58.5-86.5[2]
Dress size (US) 2; (EU) 34[2]
Shoe size (US) 9; (EU) 40; (UK) 6.5[2]
Manager IMG Models[3]

Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model. Models.com ranks Kloss as a supermodel.[4] Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[5] She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2013-2015.[6][7]

Early life and discovery[edit]

Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois, and later moved to St. Louis at the age of 2, the daughter of Tracy (née Fares), a freelance art director and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician.[8][9] Her family has Danish roots.[9] She has three siblings, Kristine, and twins Kimberly and Kariann.[9] She moved to St. Louis, with her family, in 1994.[10] Kloss has called her classical ballet training "a beautiful thing" that taught her how to move in the modeling world and was a great training ground for her runway walk.[11] Kloss was "discovered at a local benefit runway show".[12] She attended Webster Groves High School.[13]


2006–10: Beginnings and modelling breakthrough[edit]

In 2006, at the age of 14, Kloss posed for a cover and editorial shoot for the June issue of Scene Magazine in Chicago with Photographer David Leslie Anthony,[14] in an editorial spread titled "Almost Famous".[14] Elite Chicago (now Factor Women) then forwarded these tear sheets to Elite NY, who then brought Kloss to New York.

Kloss on the runway for Zac Posen, Fall 2008 in New York Fashion Week

One of her first modelling stints was for Abercrombie kids when she posed for the brand's photography shot by Bruce Weber.[9] In January 2008 she left Elite and signed with NEXT Model Management. She ended up walking 31 runways in New York Fashion Week notably, closing for Marc Jacobs, opening Carolina Herrera, and occupying both spots at Doo.Ri.[15] After New York she went on to walk 20 shows in Milan, and 13 in Paris for the fall 2008 collections, with a total of 64 shows in a single season. Kloss found herself in the middle of a legal dispute when her former agency Elite Model Management sued NEXT Model Management for allegedly stealing its young star by offering her "improper compensation" to sign.[16] Elite felt they were responsible for launching her career and booked much work for her.[16] The case was eventually settled out of court.[17]

After four years of being represented by Next Model Management, Kloss is now signed with IMG Models. "Karlie has an immense and loyal following, and we welcome the opportunity to help expand her relationships through endorsements as well as our global network that reaches beyond fashion", said Ivan Bart, IMG Models' senior vice president and managing director.[18]

Kloss, labeled her famed runway walk a "moody gait". Molly Sims, whom she considers a mentor, told New York she thinks Kloss will still "do well at 30" because of her "classic look".[11]

She has been in advertisements for Rebecca Taylor, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Bally Shoe, Bergdorf Goodman, Pringle of Scotland, Dior, Hermes, Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Rykiel, Aquascutum, Topshop, Eryn Brinie, Uniqlo, Omnia Jade, Lord & Taylor, Barneys New York, American Eagle, and Victoria's Secret PINK. Kloss is the face of the Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola. She has walked for numerous designers in New York, London, Milan and Paris, including Shiatzy Chen, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Versace, Elie Saab and appeared in editorials for American and Korean W, American Elle, Allure, i-D, French and Japanese Numéro, Vanity Fair, Dazed & Confused, and American, Australian, Italian, French, British, Korean, German, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Teen, and Latin American Vogue magazines. Her covers include Italian Vogue in October 2009, January 2010, December 2011, and October 2014, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Portugal, Vogue China in March, August, and November in 2010, and in December 2012, British Vogue in September 2012, Vogue Korea and American Teen Vogue, alongside Chanel Iman and Ali Michael in February 2008 and by herself in May 2010.

She has ventured into TV when she appeared in Season Four, Episode 1 of Gossip Girl as herself.[19] She became a muse for fashion designer John Galliano and has appeared in Dior and John Galliano campaigns and opened both shows, Christian Dior Haute Couture and Dior resort shows from spring/summer 2010. In the spring/summer 2011 Season, she opened ten shows and closed eight.[20]

2011–present: Recognition and success[edit]

Kloss on the runway for Anna Sui, Fall 2011 in New York Fashion Week

Her runway walk, one of the most unique, is often described as powerful.[21] In February 2011, supermodel Tyra Banks stated that Kloss was one of her favorite models because of her "unique, atypical beauty".[22]

In 2011 Kloss renewed her contract with Christian Dior for the third season in a row.[23] LIFE Magazine photographed Kloss for the cover of a special print issue handed out during New York Fashion Week in September 2011.[24][25] The photo story inside the issue was photographed during the summer of 2011 and shows Kloss at the couture shows in Paris, in New York City, and in Saint Louis, her hometown.[24][26] The same year, she made her debut in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[27]

In 2012 Kloss was featured on the September covers of British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Harper's Bazaar Russia, and Numéro.[28][29][30][31][32] She appeared in the campaign ads of Juicy Couture, Stefanel, Elie Saab, and Jean Paul Gaultier.[33][34][35][36][37] She co-hosted with the revival of the MTV series House of Style with fellow model Joan Smalls.[38] She also appeared in that year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[39] Just before the Victoria's Secret Fashion in 2012, Karlie cut her long hair into a bob which is famously called the "Karlie Cut."

In 2013, Kloss was the face of Donna Karan, Lacoste, and Lanvin campaigns. Kloss worked with Victoria's Secret on their 2013 summer swimwear video.[40] She was also the red carpet host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show.[41] In April, Kloss starred alongside Daria Strokous, Monika Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger in Louis Vuitton's Alma bag campaign.[42][43]

In 2013, Kloss was named as one of the new ambassadors for Coach, Inc. and stars in the accessory maker's Fall 2013 campaign.[44]

In 2014, she was the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike, Donna Karan, Lancaster, Chanel Coco Noir Fragrance[45] campaigns. She also collaborated with Frame Denim to design the Forever Karlie jeans collection. In summer 2014, Karlie worked with Warby Parker in Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker eyewear line. In September 2014, after many speculations, L'Oreal Paris officially announced that they have signed Karlie to be the newest face.[46] In the September 2014 issue of American Vogue, she was featured on the cover with Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Sun Feifei, Vanessa Axente and Andreea Diaconu as "The Instagirls!"

In 2015, Kloss and one of her best friends, Taylor Swift,[47] covered the March issue of American Vogue together. Kloss also starred in the music video for Chic's "I'll Be There", which was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.[48] Kloss also had a role in the music video for Swift's song "Bad Blood" which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.[49][50][51]

Personal life[edit]

Her hobbies include baking cookies, biking, and ballet.[10] In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, she created a special recipe called Karlie's Kookies, which she sold in DKNY Soho during Fashion's Night Out in New York City, with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects). She calls it a "Perfect 10 Kookie", because for every tin of cookies that are sold, 10 meals will be donated to starving children all over the world.[52]

As of 2012,[53] Kloss is in a relationship with investor Joshua Kushner. She is close friends with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, with whom she recently made an appearance in the music video for Taylor's Bad Blood.[54] and fellow model Jourdan Dunn.[55] In another social collaboration, this time with Warby Parker, an eyeglasses and sunglasses brand funded by Kushner's company Thrive Capital,[56] Kloss co-designed sunglasses with a "1970s aesthetic". Proceeds benefited Edible Schoolyard NYC.[57] Kloss also published a series of videos on YouTube directly addressing Warby Parker customers.


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