Karlie Elizabeth Kloss is an American fashion model and entrepreneur. She was a Victoria Secret Angel from 2011 to 2014. Vogue Paris declared her one of the “top 30 models of the 2000s” when she was 17.
Nick Name: The Body
Years active: 2007–present
Born: August 3, 1992, 30 years old and 10 months, Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Sun: Sign Leo
Eye color: Hazel
Hair Color: Light Brown
Height: 6 ft 2 in / 188 cm
Measurements: 34-23-34 in / 86-58.5-86 cm
Bra Size 32B
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model Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino for Allure
Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino for Allure
She has Danish roots.
Karlie Kloss studied at Webster Groves High School, Webster Groves, Missouri, USA. But, she didn’t complete her education as she went into modeling in 2007 (When she was 15). Karlie was encouraged by one of her teachers in the school to become a model.
In September 2015, she enrolled herself into New York University‘s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Kloss is the daughter of Tracy (nee Fares), a freelance director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has Danish, German and Polish roots. She has three sisters, Kristine, and twins Kimberly and Kariann. She moved to St. Louis, with her family, in 1994. 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. Kloss was discovered at a local benefit runway show.
She attended Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Father – Kurt Kloss (Emergency Physician)
Mother – Tracy (nee Fares) (Freelance Art Director)
Siblings – Kristine Kloss (Older Sister), Kimberly Kloss (Younger Twin Sister), Kariann Kloss (Younger Twin Sister)
2006–10: Beginnings and modelling breakthrough
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, in an editorial spread titled Almost Famous. Elite Chicago (now Factor Women) then forwarded these tear sheets to Elite NY, who then brought Kloss to New York.
One of her first modelling stints was for Abercrombie kids when she posed for the brand photography shot by Bruce Weber. 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. After New York, she walked 20 shows in Milan, and 13 in Paris for the fall 2008 collections, with 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. Elite felt they were responsible for launching her career and booked much work for her. The case was eventually settled out of court.
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.
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.
She has been in advertisements for Rebecca Taylor, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloe, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Dolce and 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 and Taylor, Barneys New York, American Eagle, Victoria Secret PINK, and Adidas. 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, Versace, and Elie Saab.
Kloss has appeared in editorials for American and Korean W, American Elle, Allure, i-D, French and Japanese Numero, Vanity Fair, Dazed and 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 ventured into TV when she appeared in season four, episode 1 of Gossip Girl as herself. 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.
2011–present: Recognition and success
Her runway walk, one of the most unusual, is often described as powerful. In February 2011, supermodel Tyra Banks stated that Kloss was one of her favorite models because of her unique, atypical beauty.
In 2011, Kloss renewed her contract with Christian Dior for the third season in a row. Life magazine photographed Kloss for the cover of a special print issue handed out during New York Fashion Week in September 2011. 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. The same year, she made her debut in the Victoria Secret Fashion Show.
In 2012, Kloss was featured on the September covers of British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Harper Bazaar Russia, and Numero. She appeared in the campaign ads of Juicy Couture, Stefanel, Elie Saab, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She co-hosted with the revival of the MTV series House of Style with fellow model Joan Smalls. She also appeared in that year Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Just before the Victoria 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 Secret on their 2013 summer swimwear video. She was also the red carpet host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show. In April, Kloss starred alongside Daria Strokous, Monika Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger in Louis Vuitton Alma bag campaign.
In 2013, Kloss was named as one of the new ambassadors for Coach, Inc. and stars in the accessory maker fall 2013 campaign.
In 2014, Kloss was the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike, Donna Karan, Lancaster, and the 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 September 2014, after many speculations, L’Oreal Paris officially announced that they have signed Karlie to be the newest face. 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, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu as The Instagirls
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 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 song Bad Blood which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Kloss appeared in several video segments during Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour and appeared live on stage with Swift at the performance of June 27, 2015 at London Hyde Park, as well as on July 11, 2015, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, called Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and QandA videos.
On May 24, 2016, Kloss was named the new face of Swarovski replacing another Victoria Secret alum Miranda Kerr. She is contracted to be the face for the next 2 years, as the brand is hoping to reach out to the next generation.
In 2016, she started the charity organization Kode With Klossy, a coding camp and career scholarship program that works with partners like the Flatiron School to facilitate learning programs and create a community for young women in tech.
On April 21, 2017, she appeared as a correspondent on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World.
Kloss was featured in Vogue March 2017 issue. The spread was criticized by some as a form of cultural appropriation as Kloss appeared styled as a geisha. She later posted a public apology.
In Fall 2017, Kloss announced her TV show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss, coming to Freeform in the winter of 2017.
Models.com has said that Kloss represents the gold standard of modelling—a girl with the look, the poise, and the drive to take things to the next level.
Kloss is an avid computer programmer. in April 2015, she partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship named Kode with Klossy for young girls interested in computer science and software engineering. In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, she created a special recipe called Karlie Kookies, which she sold in DKNY Soho during Fashion 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 is sold, 10 meals will be donated to starving children all over the world.
Kloss is a close friend of Taylor Swift and appeared as Knockout in the singer music video for the single Bad Blood in May 2015. She and Swift appeared together on the March 2015 cover of Vogue with an accompanying article and photo spread. She is also a close friend of filmmaker Casey Neistat, who assisted her in starting up on YouTube. Kloss is the godmother of model Jourdan Dunn son.
Karlie Kloss has appeared in 2012 in the sex-themed video film called “Fuck Me”, part of the series called Fashion Fetish.
First TV Show
She has appeared in Fashion Shows like “Ready to wear – Spring /Summer 2008”, “Ready to wear – Autumn / Winter 2008” and others.
Karlie Kloss Favorite Things
Favorite Hair Conditioner – Nexxus Humectress
Favorite Face Product – Embryolisse (a light cream)
Favorite Beauty Products – Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Joanna Vargaso Daily Serum, Estee Laudero Hydrationist moisturizer, M.A.C. eyeliners, cream blush from Illamasqua (Overall, she says that she maintains herself low)
Karlie Kloss Facts
Karlie made her debut in the Victoriao Secret Fashion Show in 2011.
Karlie served as a Victoriao Secret Angel from 2013 to 2015.
Karlie Kloss did a full n*de photoshoot for Vogue Italia in December 2011.
Karlie has appeared in a sex-themed video called “Fuck Me”, part of the series called Fashion Fetish.
When Kloss was 13, she was discovered at a local charity fashion show in St. Louis.
She is close friends with fellow model Karmen Pedaru.
Karlie also owns a puppy called Joe.
Some of her hobbies are baking cookies, biking, and ballet.
Karlie is the favorite model of supermodel Tyra Banks because of Karlieo unique and atypical beauty.
Karlie learned ballet from Castono Ballet Academie in 2002.
She was named the best model in 2008 by Peopleo magazine.
She is the second oldest in her family of 4 girls.
She likes the thing that after the fashion weekends, her apartment is filled with the goodie bags. She gets lots of clothes, shoes, and makeup products, which she share with her sisters.
Lack of sleep is her least favorite part of the fashion week.
Karlie always has something to eat. She keeps spearmint gum, dark chocolate and “some kind of delicious snack” always in her purse and suggests others also to do the same.
She has been dating businessman and investor Joshua Kushner since 2012.
She is a coder as well and in order to promote computer languages and coding interest among girls, she started a scholarship program called Kode with Karlie by partnering with Flatiron School and Code.org.
On July 21, 2015, Karlie started her own YouTube channel called Klossy as she wanted to share more information about herself via QandA videos and other weekly vlogs.
Karlie acted as a godmother to model Jourdan Dunn‘s son.
In order to study full-time at New York University, she left Victoriao Secret in late 2015.