Karlie Elizabeth Kloss is an American fashion model. Vogue Paris declared her one of the “top 30 models of the 2000s” when she was 17. Kloss was a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 2013 until 2015; she resigned to study at New York University. Models has said that Kloss “represents the gold standard of modeling—a girl with the look, the poise, and the drive to take things to the next level”, and she ranks on their “New Supers” and “Money Girl” lists. By 2019, she had appeared on 40 international Vogue covers.
Outside of modeling, Kloss has an interest in technology and has founded the Kode with Klossy camp, which aims to get young girls interested in STEM fields. In 2019, Kloss became the host of the reality competition television series Project Runway. She has signed with several top modeling agencies throughout her career including Elite Model Management, Next Management, IMG Models, and The Society Management.
Nick Name: The Body
Years active: 2007–present
Born: August 3, 1992, 31 years old and 6 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 US – 70B EU
Karlie Kloss is A Golden Goddess in Makeup Story for Elle France
Karlie Kloss Wears Wings (and Little Else) in Victoria’s Secret “Heavenly” Fragrance Ad
model Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino for Allure
Karlie Kloss by Mario Testino for Allure
She has Danish roots.
Early life and education
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)
Kloss was born to Tracy, a freelance director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has German, Danish, and Polish ancestry. She has three sisters; two younger sisters Kimberly and Kariann (twins), and one older sister Kristine. She moved to St. Louis with her family in 1994. In 2013, the family moved to Goshen, New York to support her modeling career. 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.
In 2011, Kloss graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri, where she was a cheerleader. In September 2015, Kloss enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University.
2006–2010: Beginnings and modeling breakthrough
Kloss was discovered at a local benefit runway show. 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 Model Management Chicago then forwarded these tear sheets to Elite Model Management’s New York office, who signed her.
Her first credited modeling shoot was photographed by Arthur Elgort for Teen Vogue. One of her first modeling stints was for Abercrombie Kids when she posed for the brand’s photography shot by Bruce Weber. In January 2008, she left Elite Model Management and signed with Next Management. She walked 31 runways in New York Fashion Week, notably walking as an exclusive for Calvin Klein, 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 Management for allegedly stealing its star by offering her improper compensation to sign; Elite Model Management felt they were responsible for launching her career. The case was eventually settled out of court. After four years of being represented by Next Management, Kloss signed with IMG Models (also leaving Mother Model Management in St. Louis).
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, Hermès, Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Rykiel, Aquascutum, Topshop, Eryn Brinie, Uniqlo, Omnia Jade, Lord & Taylor, Barneys New York, American Eagle, Victoria’s 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 Numéro, Vanity Fair, Dazed & Confused; and American, Australian, Italian, French, British, Korean, German, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Portuguese, Teen, and Latin American editions of Vogue magazine. She notably appeared on 12 international Vogue covers, including Vogue Italia, in a five-year span. She appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue, alongside Chanel Iman and Ali Michael in February 2008, and by herself in May 2010.
She made her first venture into television when she appeared in the Gossip Girl episode Belles de Jour as herself. She became a muse for fashion designer John Galliano, and has appeared in Dior and John Galliano campaigns. She opened both shows, Christian Dior Haute Couture and Dior resort for 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. Kloss’s height, long legs, and precise placement of one foot perfectly in front of the other in fluid motion distinguish her catwalk stride, usually garnished with a serious, sultry expression. Kloss has described her runway walk a “moody gait”.
In 2011, Kloss renewed her contract with Christian Dior for the third season in a row. Photographer Gabrielle Revere was commissioned by Life magazine to photograph Karlie 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 her 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’s Secret Fashion Show.
In 2012, Kloss was featured on the September covers of British Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, and Numéro. She appeared in the campaign ads of Juicy Couture, Stefanel, Elie Saab, and Jean Paul Gaultier. She co-hosted the revival of the MTV series House of Style with fellow model Joan Smalls. She also appeared in that year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, but one of her outfits was cut out of the broadcast after appearing in a Native American headdress that was deemed offensive. Just before the Victoria’s Secret Fashion in 2012, Kloss 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 Movie 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 starred in the accessory maker’s 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, Kloss 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 Kloss 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 covered the March issue of American Vogue with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Kloss portrayed the role of “Knockout” in the music video for Swift’s song “Bad Blood” which premiered at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Kloss appeared in several video segments during Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour and appeared live on stage with Swift at the performance of June 27, 2015 at London’s Hyde Park, as well as on July 11, 2015, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Kloss also starred in the music video for Chic‘s “I’ll Be There”, which was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and Q&A videos. Kloss is a close friend of filmmaker Casey Neistat, who assisted her in starting up on YouTube.
In May 2016, Kloss was named the new face of Swarovski, replacing fellow Victoria’s Secret alumna Miranda Kerr, for a two-year contract.
In April 2017, she appeared as a correspondent on the Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. Kloss was featured in Vogue‘s March 2017 issue. The spread was criticized by some as a form of cultural appropriation as she appeared styled as a geisha. She later posted a public apology. In Fall 2017, Kloss announced her TV show, Movie Night with Karlie Kloss, airing on Freeform in winter 2017. On May 24, 2017 Kloss won the Diane von Furstenberg Inspiration Award.
In April 2018, Kloss was announced as Estée Lauder’s newest Global spokesmodel and Brand Ambassador. The company is committed to supporting her initiative “Kode with Klossy” through scholarships and events. In October 2018, Kloss confirmed that she would be stepping in Heidi Klum‘s shoes on the seventeenth season of Project Runway as the host and executive producer: “I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams.”
In October 2019, Kloss narrated the season 2 episode “Coding” on the Netflix and Vox Media television show Explained.
In collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar, Kloss created a special recipe called Karlie’s Kookies sold in DKNY Soho during Fashion’s Night Out in New York City, with proceeds benefiting hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects). Kloss called it a “Perfect 10 Kookie” because for every tin of cookies sold, 10 meals were donated to starving children all over the world.
Kloss is an investor, with the Daily Front Row reporting in 2020 that Kloss was one of a group of high profile investors who purchased the fashion magazine W. She is also an investor in probiotic company Seed.
In 2020, she was named a trustee of Barnard College for a term of four years.
Kloss began dating businessman and investor Joshua Kushner in 2012. On July 24, 2018, Kloss announced her engagement to Kushner, one month after she converted to Judaism (Kushner’s religion). The couple married on October 18, 2018, in upstate New York. In June 2019, Kloss and Kushner had a second wedding celebration in Wyoming.
Through her marriage, she is related to Kushner’s brother Jared and his wife Ivanka Trump, who are members of the family of Donald Trump. She has stated that she finds it “frustrating […] that the spotlight is always shifted away from [her] career toward [her] relationship”.
In October 2020, it was reported that Kloss and Kushner were expecting their first child. In December 2020, the couple purchased a home in Miami, Florida for US$23.5 million. Their first child was born in March 2021. She supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 United States presidential election.
In March 2018, both Kloss and her husband attended the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C. in protest of gun violence in the United States. She is a feminist, and has stated that her decision to leave Victoria’s Secret was partly motivated by her beliefs. Kloss supported Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.
On May 1, 2023, during the 2023 Met Gala, Kloss announced her second pregnancy with Kushner. Their second child was born on July 11, 2023.
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 Victoria Secret Fashion Show in 2011.
Karlie served as a Victoria 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.
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