The Story Of Karlie Kloss
The Story of Karlie Kloss
“I never imagined myself doing this. Doors opened for me and I ran for it.” Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss is known as Victoria’s Secret angel, 12-times Vogue cover girl, the gorgeous American supermodel, with a grounding in classical ballet, Karlie Kloss is famed for her mesmerizing stage presence and unparalleled walk. Kloss is ranked 4th on the Top 50 Models Women List by models.com. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois, and her family moved to suburban St. Louis, Missouri in 1995. Before her model career, Kloss studied at Caston’s Ballet Academy in 2002, a prestigious dance school in St. Louis. She soon became very talented at dance, and was in a number of performances such as the Nutcracker. 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. When Kloss was 13, she was discovered at a charity fashion show in St. Louis. She was encouraged and inspired to model by one of her teachers in Webster Groves High School. In 2007, she signed the contract with Elite Model Management. One of her first modelling stints was for Abercrombie when she posed for the brand’s photography shot by Bruce Weber. In January 2008 she left Elite and signed the contract with NEXT Model Management. Kloss received publicity when her runway walk was being mocked by Tyra Banks, but her unusual walk appealed to designers. 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. 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.
Karlie Kloss was named the best model by People magazine in in 2008. Kloss, labeled her famed runway walk a “moody gait.” Molly Sims, whom she considers a mentor, told New York she thinks Kloss is the type of model who will still “do well at 30″ because of her classic look. She has been in advertisements for Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, 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, 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. She has become a muse for fashion designer John Galliano and has appeared in Dior and John Galliano campaigns and opened both of the shows, Christian Dior Haute Couture and Dior resort shows from spring summer 2010. In the Spring/Summer 2011 Season, she opened 10 shows and closed
Her runway walk, one of the most unique, is often described as powerful and ‘panther-like’. Supermodel Tyra Banks has stated on her Twitter account that, Karlie Kloss is one of her favorite models right now because of her unique, atypical beauty. In 2011 Kloss renewed her contract with Christian Dior for the third season in a row. According to Vogue.com Kloss, who was considered by designer Jason Wu as one of the newest icons in American Style. Kloss has also tried her luck on television by appearing on the hit show “Gossip Girl”. Kloss is also known for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (2012 & 2011) and MTV Video Music Awards. Just before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion in 2012, Karlie cut her long hair into a bob which is famously called the “Karlie.” 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. She was also the red carpet host of the 2013 MTV Music Awards pre-show. In April, Kloss starred alongside Daria Strokous, Monika Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger in Louis Vuitton’s Alma bag campaign. In 2013, Kloss was named as one of the new ambassadors for Coach, Inc. and stars in the accessory maker’s ‘Fall 2013’ campaign.
In 2014, Kloss was the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nika, Donna Karan, Lancaster, Chanel Coco Noir Fragrance campaigns. She also collaborated with Frame Denim to design the Forever Karlie jeans collection. In summer 2014, Karlie worked with Warby Parker to design the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker eyewear line, proceeds of which benefited Edible Schoolyard NYC. In 2015, Kloss and one of her best friends, Taylor Swift 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. Kloss also portrayed the role of “Knockout” in the music video for Swift’s song “Bad Blood” which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, called Klossy, which features weekly video blogs and Q&A videos.
Her hobbies include baking cookies, biking and ballet. Kloss is just as well known for her charming and down-to-earth personality, and also for her home baked cookies, which she often brings to share at photo shoots or fittings. 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, with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world.