Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model who has become a celebrity due to her appearances with celebrity friends and for Victoria's Secret. She also is famous these days for being a close chum of Taylor Swift.
|Karlie Kloss posed this photo to her Instagram account to mark her engagement to Josh Kushner.|
In July 2018, Karlie announced her engagement to Joshua Kushner. That's Kushner as the famous real estate family and as in Jared Kushner, the famous Jared who is married to Ivanka Trump. Ivanka quickly sent Karlie gushing congratulations in response to the announcement. It's kind of a shame that Ivanka also shut down her clothing line at roughly the same time because Karlie would have made a fabulous model for it.
|Karlie Kloss out and about with gal pal Taylor Swift.|
She has walked in the 2011-2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Shows and was an Angel during those years - the highest rung of the Victoria's Secret hierarchy.
Karlie is from Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, where she moved as a child. She is of Danish extraction and has three sisters.
Karlie studied ballet as a girl at Caston's Ballet Academia - she credits that with helping her learn how to walk the runways - and began modelling as an amateur at a young age.
|Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne.|
Karlie was spotted while walking the runway for a local benefit.
Karlie's first cover was at the age of 14, for Scene Magazine. Elite New York signed her and brought Karlie to New York. She soon migrated to NEXT Model Management (this led to a lawsuit) and ultimate IMG Models. She debuted in 2008 at New York Fashion Week.
This success immediately led her to more appearances on the runway that season in Milan and Paris, and Karlie was on her way. Aside from working as a highly prestigious contract Angel with Victoria's Secret, her highest profile jobs have been representing Coach, Louis Vuitton and L'Oreal Paris
Karlie has had many covers, here is a sample from just the United Kingdom and United States:
- UK: '10 Magazine' - Winter 2008; 'i-D' - Spring/Summer 2011; 'Vogue' - September 2012; 'The Sunday Times Style' - September 23 2012; 'i-D' - Spring 2013; 'The Sunday Times Style' - May 19 2013
- US: 'Glitterati Magazine' - November/December 2007; 'Teen Vogue' - February 2008; 'Vogue' - September 2009; 'Teen Vogue' - May 2010; 'W' - July 2012
Karlie has a distinctive runway walk that has been called 'moody' and 'powerful.' Her list of brands is impressive, spanning Jean Paul Gaultier to Victoria's Secret PINK. She is good friends with Taylor Swift, who supposedly has a bedroom decorated with Karlie's photos at her place where Karlie can crash, and the tabloids are often full of the pair walking hand in hand through city streets. Karlie is much taller than Taylor, but when she wears flats and Taylor wears heels they are almost the same height. Karlie also hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show.
|Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift on the cover of the March 2015 Vogue.|
|Karlie Kloss with Youtube star Casey Neistat.|
Karlie is good friends with Youtube star Casey Neistat, who helped Karlie establish her own successful presence, Klossy, on Youtube.
Karlie is the godmother of fellow model Jourdan Dunn's son.
Karlie participates in various philanthropic efforts, including The UN's FEED Projects, an effort begun by Lauren Bush.
Karlie's current status with Victoria's Secret is unclear. After leaving the brand in 2014 presumably to study at NYU, Karlie also missed the 2015 show - due to her studies, natch. Now, I have never been a Victoria's Secret Model, but I do know something about university people - and I can bet you that they would have advised her to stay a Victoria's Secret Angel rather than suddenly enroll in some school. But, be that is it may, that how the story goes. I'm not necessarily saying this was just a story....
Karlie then ostentiously (she issued a statement on her Instagram) skipped the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion show due to "work obligation" - a curious reason, as most models would kill for the opportunity to walk in the annual show, and the 2016 one was the first held in fashion capital Paris.
It's interesting that Taylor Swift has not been back at the Victoria's Secret show since 2014, either.
No longer an Angel, Karlie would have to compete to earn a spot in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, walking past the judges along with all the other hopefuls. The big show represents a huge time commitment, something that may make it inconvenient for Karlie these days.
|Karlie Kloss in Kaufman Franco with Joan Smalls in Julien Macdonald after the Fall 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.|
In any event, never fear: Karlie Kloss is not hurting for work. She currently is the face of Swarovski, replacing Miranda Kerr. It doesn't sound like that study at NYU would have done much to help her get that job....
|Models Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss at the Polo Ralph Lauren fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Cherry Hill in Central Park on September 8, 2014 in New York City.|