Karlie Kloss is the epitome of a modern supermodel. At the mere age of 21, Kloss has been ranked second on the Top 50 Models Women’s list by Models.com and declared one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. She is the face of numerous design labels and consistently opens and/or closes the biggest shows in fashion weeks all over the world. Not to mention she collaborated with the denim label Frame to create a line of jeans specifically for tall women and collaborated with Momofuku’s Milk Bar to create Karlie’s Kookies where the proceeds go to the charity, FEED.
Born in Chicago on August 3, 1992, Kloss moved to St. Louis two years later where she would spend her childhood. In 2002 she began ballet at Caston’s Ballet Academie. It is to ballet that Karlie attributes much of her success as a model. She told Vogue “”My ballet training was honestly the most valuable thing I could have done to prepare myself for this career…[modelling] is about movement, about rhythm, about your body and your muscles.”
At the mere age of 13, Karlie was discovered while walking in a charity fashion show in a mall in St. Louis for a friend who was battling cancer. In 2007, at age 15 she signed with Elite Models. In Kloss’ first season as a model, she walked for Calvin Klein in New York, Alexander McQueen and Chloe in Paris, and Valentino and Gucci in Milan. She also graced the glossy pages of Teen Vogue four times before she landed her first major cover within one year of the start of her career. In 2008, she moved from Elite Models to Next Agency. In Kloss’ second season in the fashion industry, she walked 64 shows.
Karlie was also chosen to be the face of Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola and Bulgari’s Omnia Jade fragrance that year, as well as fronted campaigns for Pringle, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent Beauty.
After just three years in the modeling business, Kloss was chosen to be featured in the 2010 December issue of British Vogue celebrating the supermodels of the decade. She graduated high school in 2011 and managed to attend her senior prom while also debuting a Victoria Secret Angel. Can you say pro multitasker?
2012, age 19, Karlie signed with IMG Models “to further expand her global network for fashion and non-fashion related opportunities” according to the official IMG statement regarding their signing with Kloss. That same year she became the face of campaigns for Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab and Donna Karan.
In 2013, she collaborated with the denim label, Frame, to create the Forever Karlie collection: a line of jeans catered to tall women. She also fronted campaigns with Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Lacoste, Lanvin, and worked with Victoria’s Secret on their 2013 summer swimwear video.
Presently, she is the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike, Donna Karan, Lancaster and Chanel Coco Noir Fragrance campaigns. Karlie worked with Warby Parker this past summer in Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker eyewear line. This line benefited Edible Schoolyard NYC. Finally, this past September, L’Oreal Paris officially announced Karlie as their newest face.
Kloss currently resides in a Manhattan townhouse in the West Village. She is dating American businessman Joshua Kushner and her friends include the likes of supermodel such as Jourdan Dunn, Harper’s Bazzar editor-at-large Derek Blasberg, and country-pop crossover Taylor Swift.
Regardless of Kloss’ obvious success and supermodel status, she remains grounded. Maybe I am a little biased in saying that perhaps this can be attributed to her Midwestern roots…? Alexander Wang described her as, “a rare balance of beauty and personality” and Derek Blasberg wrote on his blog “Everyone said I had to meet this sweet girl from St. Louis because I’d love her, and they were right! We were instant family—[Karlie is] the little sister I always wanted!”
Whether it be her classic look, down-to-earth personality, flawless street style or one-of-a-kind runway walk, Karlie Kloss has earned her status as the All American supermodel.
On the Runway
On the Streets/In the Media