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Karlie Elizabeth Kloss

Birthplace: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Private
Wife of Joshua Kushner
Sister of Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Model
Managed by: Jonathan Seth Wolfson
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    • Private
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About Karlie Kloss

Vogue Magazine Profile

As one of the world's most sought-after catwalk models, the face of some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world and a Victoria's Secret Angel, Karlie Kloss is a modern supermodel.

Karlie Elizabeth Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois in August 1992, where she lived for three years before the family relocated to St Louis, Missouri. Her father is an emergency room doctor and her mother is an artist. Kloss has three sisters.

In 2002, Kloss began studying classical ballet at Caston'sBallet Academy. Though she was too tall to take dance upprofessionally, the training helped her to succeed as a model. Shetold Vogue: "My ballet training was honestly the mostvaluable thing I could have done to prepare myself for thiscareer…[modelling] is about movement, about rhythm, about your bodyand your muscles."

Aged only 13, Kloss was discovered by scouts Jeff and Mary Clarke when she walked in a St Louis charity fashion show. Two years later, she was signed by Elite Model Management.

Kloss made her catwalk debut walking for Calvin Klein in New York. She also walked for Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel, Valentino and Gucci in her first season.

Kloss landed her first Vogue cover for TeenVogue in February 2008. She was photographed by PatrickDemarchelier alongside Chanel Iman and Ali Michael. A year latershe was featured as one of fashion's favourite faces in theSeptember issue of American Vogue. The photographer,Steven Meisel, said: "She's an amazing model. She knows clothes.She has tons of energy. She will add things to a shoot that I wouldnever have thought of." The model was chosen as the face for the Marc Jacobs fragrance Lola and Bulgari's Omnia Jade fragrance, as well as fronting campaigns for Pringle, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Hermes and Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, to name just a few.

Kloss was chosen for a feature toasting the supermodels of thedecade in British Vogue's December 2010 issue. MarioTestino shot Kloss alongside Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

In May 2011, Kloss graduated high school and attended her prom wearing a tangerine Dior gown.

November 2011 saw Kloss make her debut as a Victoria's Secret model, walking the catwalk alongside legendary Angels Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepool, Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge.

In 2012, her supermodel credentials were further cemented as she was chosen as the face of campaigns for Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab and Donna Karan, as well as walking for Miu Miu, Lanvin, Balmain and Dior. Kloss made her British Vogue debut in September 2012.

In 2013, she teamed up with the denim label, Frame to create jeans that catered for tall women. As well as this, she worked with Matthew Williamson for his new high-street campaign with Swedish brand Lindex and fronted campaigns for Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton and Coach, among others.

Karlie Elizabeth Kloss (born August 3, 1992) is an American fashion model. Vogue Paris declared her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2013 to 2015.

Early life and discovery

Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Tracy (née Fares), a freelance art director, and Kurt Kloss, an emergency physician. Her family has Danish 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".


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. Kloss on the runway for Zac Posen, Fall 2008 in New York Fashion Week

One of her first modelling stints was for Abercrombie kids when she posed for the brand's 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, Chloé, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, 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, Elie Saab 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. 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 has 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

Kloss on the runway for Anna Sui, Fall 2011 in New York Fashion Week

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'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 with 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. 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 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 stars in the accessory maker's Fall 2013 campaign.

In 2014, Kloss was the face of Jean Paul Gaultier, Nike, 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 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'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.

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.

On July 21, 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, called Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and Q&A videos.

Personal life

Kloss attended Webster Groves High School. In September 2015, Kloss enrolled in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study of New York University.

Kloss is an avid coder. In April 2015, she partnered with Flatiron School and to offer a scholarship named Kode with Karlie for young girls interested in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Her other hobbies include baking cookies, biking, and ballet. 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 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 are sold, 10 meals will be donated to starving children all over the world.

Kloss is a close friend of Taylor Swift, and appeared in the singer's music video for the single "Bad Blood" in May 2015. She is also the godmother of model Jourdan Dunn's son.

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Karlie Kloss's Timeline

August 3, 1992
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States